Understanding Your Faculty

Marketing Faculty Accomplishments with an FMS

Faculty data is crucial to the success of your institution on numerous levels. This data is, of course, essential for compliance purposes, but can also serve as an important tool in your institution's marketing efforts. This data can equip your marketing department with the information they need to create compelling messages centered around the accomplishments of your faculty.As the price to atten.... read more

Adjunct Faculty Development Impacts Student Success

Research has shown that professional development is one of the top 3 resources adjuncts want most from their institutions. As institutions continue to rely on adjuncts to teach 75% or more of their courses each year, it is imperative to create a strategy around providing professional development to part-time faculty. Providing professional development does not just benefit the faculty but ult.... read more

What Adjuncts Really Want

With over three-fourths of all college courses being delivered by adjunct faculty today, it is imperative that institutions know how to engage and retain this increasingly important group of faculty. There are a few simple yet key steps institutions can take to ensure their adjuncts feel valued, engaged, and prepared for success.CommunicationDeveloping a communication plan is essential to the succ.... read more

Training Adjuncts to Teach = Student Success

Do you know what the most constant and most significant indicator of student success is? It is not student access to fancy adaptive learning tools or integrated learning management systems or even digitized retention programs (not that these don't add ease and value to the student experience). What has the greatest impact on student success is the quality and preparation of their instructors. &nb.... read more

Who's Really Teaching Your Courses?

A lot has been written about adjunct faculty in the last decade. The increase in the number of adjuncts teaching college courses (more than 70% according to The Chronicle of Higher Education), the plight of those with PhD's in the humanities and social sciences, who teach off the tenure track because of reduced demand and budgets, and the rising number of adjunct professors who are organizing on c.... read more

What's In a Name: Today's Adjunct

When I went to school, as my kids would say "back in the day," an adjunct was someone who came from the professional world and taught a class or two in some subject that required insights into a particle skill or skill set. For example, I had an adjunct instructor for Employment Law when I was a law student. He was a lawyer who came from Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Valparaiso University on Saturday .... read more

A Win-Win Scenario: Providing Support to Adjunct Faculty

In a guide for the American Council on Education, Dr. Nancy Lightfoot Matte, chair of the English Department of Phoenix College, notes the importance of providing support, training, and professional development to adjunct faculty, and it seems that campuses are heeding her call with the recent growth in adjunct faculty. Colleges and universities are giving support and resources to adjuncts in .... read more