by Caleb Tegtmeier (Academic Impressions)
According to the Pullias Center for Higher Education, roughly half of higher education faculty are part-time employees. Increased reliance on contingent faculty has led many institutions to internally audit the level of support and the faculty development opportunities they offer to adjuncts. In a recent online training from Academic Impressions -- “Supporting and Developing Adjunct Faculty” -- Jennifer Strickland of Mesa Community College elaborated on the importance of effectively supporting this growing population of instructors.
During the training, Strickland also shared a list of the highest priority faculty development needs for adjunct faculty, those areas where intentional support can make a difference in engaging, developing, and retaining your adjunct faculty.
- Providing a thorough and engaging orientation.
- Offering needs-based training.
- Taking purposeful steps to foster adjuncts' sense of belonging.
- Ensuring that ongoing professional development is relevant and engaging.
- Thinking creatively about ways to offer meaningful recognition.
How does your institution match up in each of these 5 areas?