Community colleges are the only sector of public, nonprofitpostsecondary education in the United states where part-timefaculty outnumber full-time faculty. This has significantimplication for community college administrators who areresponsible for recruiting, hiring, and supporting part-timefaculty; for college, district, and state leaders who help setpolicies regarding the use of part-timers; and for all part-timefaculty who seek to receive equitable treatment as they strive toenhance the quality of education for community collegestudents.
This is the 140th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly reportseries New Directions for Community Colleges. Essential tothe professional libraries of presidents, vice presidents, deans,and other leaders in today's open-door institutions, NewDirections for Community Colleges provides expert guidance inmeeting the challenges of their distinctive and expandingeducational mission.
About the Author
Kevin Eagan is a doctoral student in higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Table of ContentsEDITOR'S NOTES (Richard L. Wagoner).
1. A National Picture of Part-Time Community College Faculty:Changing Trends in Demographics and EmploymentCharacteristics (Kevin Eagan)This chapter provides a descriptive analysis of the demographic,employment, and attitudinal similarities and differences foundamong part- and full-time faculty at community colleges.
2. Multiple Judgments: Institutional Context and Part-TimeFaculty (John S. Levin)Part-time faculty are best understood as extensions ofinstitutional identity. In the twenty-first century, the identityof community colleges makes part-time faculty central to theorganization’s goals.
3. Globalization, the New Economy, and Part-TimeFaculty (Richard L. Wagoner)This chapter analyzes data from the 1999 National Study ofPostsecondary Faculty to suggest that community college part-timefaculty can be understood as temporary labor in the NewEconomy.
4. Adjunct Faculty and the Continuing Quest forQuality (Donald W. Green)This chapter addresses the use of adjunct faculty in communitycolleges. It examines issues of finding, hiring, orienting,evaluating, and developing adjuncts and stresses critical areas ofensuring quality and maintaining institutional standards.
5. Part-Time Faculty in California: Successes, Challenges,and Future Issues (Robert B. Yoshioka)This chapter highlights some issues that are being addressed,discussed, and analyzed by part-time faculty in the CaliforniaCommunity College system.
6. The Stone That Struck Goliath: The Part-Time FacultyAssociation, Washington State Community and Technical Colleges, andClass-Action Lawsuits (Eddy A. Ruiz)This chapter explores recent legal challenges and victories broughtforth by part-time community college faculty in Washington State inan effort to attain equity and social justice.
7. A Systems Approach to Strategic Success with AdjunctFaculty (Vernon C. Smith)Rio Salado is a nontraditional community college that is highlyintegrated in the global economy. This chapter describes the RioSalado College systems approach, which relies almost exclusively onadjunct faculty to accomplish its mission, vision, andpurposes.
8. Part-Time Faculty and Professional Development: Notes fromthe Field (Desna L. Wallin)As community colleges become dependent on a contingent workforce,the recruitment, retention, and motivation of quality part-timefaculty become an institutional priority. This chapter presents anoverview of the practices of three exemplary colleges in providinginnovative professional development for part-time faculty.
9. Part-Time Faculty Satisfaction Across Missions andDisciplines (Richard L. Wagoner)This chapter explores community college faculty satisfactionrelated to four specific variables.
10. Sources and Information: Community Colleges and Part-TimeFaculty (Amy Liu)This chapter summarizes resources from the recent literature onparttime community college faculty.