Connecting Non Full-time Faculty to Institutional Mission
A Guidebook for College/University Administrators and Faculty Developers

Foreword by Irene W.D. Hecht
Paper: 978 1 57922 061 7 / $28.95
Published: February 2007  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 018 7 / $95.00  
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Published: December 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
224 pp., 6" x 9"
Non full-time faculty—whether adjunct, part-time or contingent—has become the lifeline of a vast majority of colleges and universities. They teach many of the foundation and core courses taken by first- and second-year students, teach professional courses in which their own life experiences are invaluable, and step in at short notice to fill-in for regular faculty engaged in research or away on sabbaticals.

A survey of over 4,000 institutions conducted by the US Department of Education reveals that such faculty are being hired at a much higher rate than their full-time counterparts--whether in response to increased enrollments, reduced budgets, or changing administrative strategies.

The increasing presence of such faculty on campus can conflict with today’s demands for accountability and the pursuit of institutional mission. This book provides academic administrators and faculty developers with proactive, practical and results-producing approaches that can help transform fragmented faculties into integrated and cohesive teaching and scholarly communities.

In an easy-to-follow format, this book constitutes a resource of thoughtful and pragmatic strategies to ensure quality and satisfaction both on the part of the institution and the adjuncts. Topics are presented in a thematic sequence that allows decision-makers to focus on their priority areas. The author offers guidance for systematic planning and implementation.

The contents are focused on connecting non full-time faculty to core institutional functions and structures: Connection #1--to the institution; Connection #2--to the department; Connection #3--to teaching; Connection #4--to Students; and Connection #5--to scholarship.

Originally announced as "Connecting Adjunct Faculty to the Academic Institution"

Table of Contents:
Preface; Introduction; Connections for Non-full Time Faculty: Connection #1 – To the Institution: Steps in Creating an Inclusive Teaching Community; Notes for Connection #1; Connection #2 – To the Academic Department: Steps in Developing a Collegial Community; Notes for Connection #2; Connection #3 – To The Art and Science of Teaching: Steps in Enhancing a Culture of Quality Teaching; Notes for Connection #3; Connection #4 – To Students: Steps in Fostering and Sustaining a Supporting Learning Environment; Connection #5 – To Scholarship and Scholarly Activities; Nurturing the Whole Professional – Teacher & Scholars; Notes for Connection #5; Epilogue.

Reviews & Endorsements:
"AT heart, this book is about goo dteaching. It certainly lives up to its title; it is a splendid tool for developing policies to connect non full-time faculty to institutional mission."
- Teaching Theology & Religion
"The employment of non full-time faculty is a major issue in higher education and much as been written on its virtues and perils, especially in the past decade. In Connecting Non Full-Time Facultry to Institutional Mission, Lenora Braon-Nixon adds much needed breadth to the discussion by exploring the challenges these faculty memberse face and outlining the actions needed for their successful integration into the mission and culture of the institution... Baron-Nixon has created a concise guide by combining the exploration of current issues involving contingent faculty, the particular challenges that confront the non full-time faculty workforce, and the actions that need to be carried out to establish connections to the institution. The careful consideration of these perspectives make Connecting Non Full-Time Faculty to Institutional Mission an important addition to any higher education collection. The excellent bibliography, with its extensive list of unpublished doctoral disertations, is also very helpful for those whishing to further explore the topic. This book, in combination with wise leadership, could have a profound affect in more tightly integrating non full-time faculty into institutional culture with a resulting rise in institutional excellence.
- Journal of College Student Development
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