The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 13th, 2015
Professional development is more important than ever for adjunct
professors at community colleges, according to speakers here at the
annual meeting of the League for Innovation in the Community College.
Part-time instructors teach more than half of all classes and
students at community colleges but often feel only a flimsy connection
to their institutions, where they’re often hired at the last minute and
offered little or no job security beyond that semester.
At the same time, they are increasingly in the front lines as the colleges struggle to meet mandates to improve completion rates, overhaul remediation, and teach growing numbers of at-risk students.
Many adjuncts have far less experience than their full-time colleagues,
yet they are teaching some of the most challenging students, including
many who are the first in their families to pursue a higher education