Best Practices For Supporting Adjunct Faculty
by Richard E. Lyons

The number of part-time faculty members is increasing steadily, to the point that most colleges and universities could not function efficiently without them. The evening and weekend availability of adjunct faculty enables us to expand class schedules to serve the educational needs of nontraditional students, and their expertise offers students important real-world perspectives.Yet there is often a lack of preparation or support for their vital role. Best Practices for Supporting Adjunct Faculty is written for a full range of academic leaders, including instructional administrators, department chairs, and directors of teaching and learning centers. It showcases proven initiatives at a variety of institutional types—two- and four year, public and private—that help achieve the needs of adjunct instructors, while increasing their effectiveness within institutions’ existing delivery systems. This book provides research data on the initiatives highlighted, and valuable ideas for institutions expanding their professional development opportunities for part-time instructors—thus enhancing student learning and improving accountability outcomes. Contents include:

* Deepening our understanding of adjunct faculty
* Ensuring an effective start for adjunct faculty
* Supporting adjunct faculty through face-to-face and online programming
* Mentoring adjunct instructors in a variety of approaches
* Building community and a sense of mission
* Analysis of orientation, pre-service training, recognition, and comprehensive professional development programs for adjunct faculty
* Portraits of proven programs and strategies for implementing initiatives at your institution
* An adjunct professor’s perspective on the benefits of supporting your part-timers’ teaching

Chapter 1    Deepening Our Understanding of Adjunct Faculty
Richard E. Lyons, Title Editor

Chapter 2    Ensuring an Effective Start for Adjunct Faculty: Orientation With Multiple Options
Kevin Yee, University of Central Florida

Chapter 3    The Part-Time Faculty Institute: Strategically Designed and Continually Assessed
Marianne H. Hutti, Gale S. Rhodes, Joni Allison, University of Louisville

Chapter 4    A Proven Program for Supporting Adjunct Faculty Online
Daryl Peterson, Valencia Community College

Chapter 5    Mentoring Adjunct Instructors: Fostering Bonds That Strengthen Teaching and Learning
Cynthia Zutter, Grant MacEwan College

Chapter 6    A Mentoring Network for Adjunct Faculty: From Proposal to Pilot to Five-Year Plan
Gayle Nolan, Cynthia Siegrist & Nancy Richard, Delgado Community College

Chapter 7    A Consortium Approach to Supporting Part-Time Faculty
Helen Burnstad, Ben Hayes &  Cindy Hoss, Kansas City Professional Development Council

Chapter 8    An Applied Course in Teaching That Serves the Home and Neighboring Institutions
Thomas Lux, Governors State University

Chapter 9    The Associate Program: A Foundation for Professional Growth in Adjunct Faculty
Russell Richardson, College of the Canyons

Chapter 10  Adjunct Faculty Associates Professional Development Program
Keith Barker & Dan Mercier, University of Connecticut

Chapter 11  Supporting Adjunct Faculty Through Orientation and Mentoring Initiatives and an Online Professional Development Course
Jeanne C. Silliman, Ivy Tech Community College

Chapter 12  A Proven, Comprehensive Program for Preparing and Supporting Adjunct Faculty Members
Frank Harber & Richard E. Lyons, Indian River Community College

Chapter 13  Initiating a Support System for Adjunct Faculty: The First Year
Laura Renninger, Shannon Holliday & Marie Carter, Shepherd University

Chapter 14  The Two-Year Effort to Build a Program That Provides Part-Time Faculty Pedagogical Support, Community, and a Sense of Mission
H. Edward Lambert & Milton D. Cox, Miami University

Chapter 15  Professional Development Geared to Part-Timers’ Needs: An Adjunct Professor’s Perspective
Jason Schwartz, Adjunct Professor

Best Practices For Supporting Adjunct Faculty may be purchased online at, and other leading booksellers. For adoption as a course text, or purchase for libraries and teaching and learning centers, please access the Allyn and Bacon website.

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