Thursday, August 27, 2015

Developing Adjuncts

Inside Higher Ed
August 27th, 2015


Non-tenure-track faculty members are the majority of the teaching force, so what are colleges and universities doing to help them develop as teachers? As for many issues related to adjuncts, there’s a significant data gap on the topic -- in part because adjuncts are diverse and decentralized, making them hard to study. But a new survey out of the University of Louisville seeks to close the gap, and early responses provide insight into how colleges and universities’ teaching and learning centers are supporting their part-time faculty members -- or not.
“We want to know what’s really going on out there,” said Roy Fuller, a part-time faculty fellow at Louisville’s Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning and co-leader of a new survey of teaching and learning center-sponsored professional development opportunities for adjuncts. “This is really important.”

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