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Michael Bates

As a former full-time and adjunct faculty member in physics, Michael now leads the Center for Adjunct Faculty Engagement (CAFE) at William Rainey Harper College outside of Chicago, IL. This large, suburban community college employs over 650 adjunct faculty who teach nearly half of all classes taught at the institution. CAFE is responsible for conducting evaluations of adjunct faculty, providing orientation for newly hired adjunct faculty, delivering professional development opportunities, and managing communication with adjunct faculty. Michael’s research interest revolves around strategies that prevent burnout and promote engagement among this often overlooked group of faculty.