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Adjunct faculty comprise the majority of faculty members at community colleges, yet there are many deficits in the research concerning them (Townsend & Twombly, 2007). It is difficult to get an accurate portrayal of who these instructors are not only for the benefit of researchers, administrators, and students but also for the adjuncts themselves. There are many professional and personal pathways that adjuncts can choose, thus it can be difficult for them to relate to one another given the diversity among the group. While many community colleges offer their adjuncts supports, less often are they offered an integrated resource that helps to situate their position within both the institution and the larger conversation of higher education. A new resource is in progress for one of Sinclair Community College's learning centers. Currently, Sinclair has many college supports: a handbook, orientation, professional development, a support person, and a community group web page for their adjuncts. The new resource will synthesize the available college resources and also provide opportunities for becoming involved and connected to the growing field of adjunct faculty. The resource can be given to new (or existing) adjuncts as an introduction to the college's resources and will present possibilities for sharing knowledge, discussion, and support. Townsend, B. & Twombly, S. (2007). Community college faculty: Overlooked and undervalued. ASHE Higher Education Report, 32(6). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

Publication Date

4-17-2013

Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Michele M. Welkener

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services

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Stander Symposium poster

Comments

This poster reflects research conducted as part of course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Research exercise: Adjuncts: Part Time, Full Awareness

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