Strengthening the Role of Part-Time Faculty
Past initiative — Conducted September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2014

Strengthening the Role of Part-Time Faculty in Community Colleges

Nationally, over half of community college classes are taught by part-time faculty. As community colleges across the country intensify their focus on college completion, faculty members are being asked to fundamentally redesign students' educational experiences in order to improve early success, learning, attainment, and equity in student outcomes. It is clear that there are real limits on improvements in student success unless many community colleges re-think and substantially re-vamp the ways they hire, orient, develop, evaluate, and compensate part-time faculty—and effectively integrate those individuals into the college culture and the college’s agenda to improve student learning and success.

With support from MetLife Foundation, the Center for Community College Student Engagement offers insights into issues related to the role of part-time faculty, as well as promising solutions to help college leaders strengthen part-time faculty roles.

As part of this initiative, focus groups and interviews were conducted with part-time faculty, full-time faculty, staff, and administrators at community colleges across the country.

The special report that was developed as part of this work also draws on data collected from CCFSSE (the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement), an online census survey that invites faculty to contribute their front-line perspectives on student engagement. CCFSSE elicits instructors’ perceptions about student experiences as well as about their teaching practices and use of professional time.

Resources and tools developed through this initiative are available to all community colleges.

Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Research and Service Initiative—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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