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Contingent Commitments: Bringing Part-Time Faculty Into Focus - Part-time faculty far outnumber full-time faculty at most colleges; part-timers teach 58 percent of U.S. community college classes while making less money and getting few benefits, if any. While adjuncts are one way colleges save money, it's difficult to prevent their unhappiness from affecting students. This report suggests supporting adjuncts by including them in discussions, creating pathways to full-time work and paying them more, when possible. (Kay M. McClenney and Arleen Arnsparger, Center for Community College Student Engagement, April 2014)...

Labor Intensive or Labor Expensive? Changing Staffing and Compensation Patterns in Higher Education - Assuming that higher education’s workforce must be considered in any analysis of skyrocketing costs, this report looks at employment changes over the past two decades. Growth in administrative jobs was widespread across higher education—but creating new professional positions, rather than executive and managerial positions, is what drove the increase. Professional positions (for example, business analysts, human resources staff, and admissions staff) grew twice as fast as executive and managerial positions at public nonresearch institutions between 2000 and 2012, and outpaced enrollment growth. Meanwhile the number of faculty and staff per administrator continued to decline and part-time faculty and graduate assistants account for at least half of instructional staff. (Donna M. Desrochers and Rita Kirshstein, Delta Cost Project at AIR, February 2014)...

Rethinking Faculty Evaluation: AERA Report and Recommendations on Evaluating Education Research, Scholarship, and Teaching in Postsecondary Education - Given the dramatic changes in higher education, a research association has released guidelines for rethinking how colleges and universities evaluate research, scholarship and teaching for tenure-line faculty. To evaluate teaching, authors recommend the following: focus on student learning outcomes. To evaluate scholarship, go beyond a single-authored article to include multi-authored work. Finally, faculty communicate results of their peer-reviewed scholarship in a variety of ways: policy reports, op-eds and media interviews, social media, and blogs. (James Fairweather,et al., American Education Research Association, November 2013)...

Dispelling the Myths: Locating the Resources Needed to Support Non-Tenure-Track Faculty - The idea that providing more support for non-tenure-track faculty (NTTFs) is prohibitively expensive is a myth, argue the authors. They back up their argument with suggestions, among them: include NTTFs in academic freedom statements, provide access to instructional materials, provide access to professional development, extend opportunities to participate in departmental meetings and curriculum design, and facilitate opportunities for faculty mentoring. (Adrianna Kezar and Daniel Maxey, The Delphi project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success,October 2013)...

Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2009, and Salaries of Full-Time Instructional Staff, 2009-10: First Look - This report presents findings from the Human Resources Component of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) winter 2009-10 data collection. The purpose of the report is to introduce new data through the presentation of tables containing descriptive information. As a result only selected findings are presenting. These findings have been chosen to demonstrate the range of information available when using the IPEDS data rather than to discuss all of the observed differences and they are not meant to emphasize any particular issue. (Institute of Education Sciences, November 2010)...

Back to College - Did you know that the percentage of workers employed by colleges and universities has doubled since 1960? This Bureau of Labor Statistics report has interesting data on colleges and universities. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2010)...

American Academic: National Survey of Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty - This survey makes it clear that part-time/adjunct faculty members are committed to their teaching and eager to serve. The survey also demonstrates that the working conditions and job security of America's part-time/adjunct faculty leave a great deal to be desired. AFT is conducting an extensive national campaign to bring equitable salary and working conditions to contingent faculty and also to build a stronger corp of full-time tenured faculty in higher education. (AFT Higher Education, March 2010)...

Part-Time Faculty and Teaching/Research Assistants Now Outnumber Full-Time Faculty at Public Colleges and Universities - One of the ways public colleges and universities are adjusting to changing financial circumstances is by hiring more part-time faculty and teaching/research assistants than full-time faculty. This bulletin from the Southern Regional Education Board gives data for use of part-time faculty and teaching/research assistants in SREB states at both two- and four-year public colleges and universities. The table on page 2 breaks out the data – from the 1993-94 school year as compared with 2003-04 – by state as well as by part-time faculty or teaching/research assistants. (Southern Regional Education Board, December 2005)...

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