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What do part-time geographically dispersed faculty members need for their professional development?

Cahall, Ed and Clifford, Samantha and Gallagher, Larry and Gidley, Matthew and Sutton, Brenda (2015) What do part-time geographically dispersed faculty members need for their professional development? In: NAU Assessment Fair 2015.


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As the landscape of higher education has changed over the past decade, many institutions of higher education find that they are employing an ever increasing number of part-time, temporary faculty members. While many of the part-time temporary faculty members come to the institution with high levels of experience and skills in their disciplinary area, they are often not well grounded in the workings of institutions of higher education or in providing high-quality instruction to the young adult and adult learners who populate the classrooms in higher education. One way institutions of higher education can promote high levels of student success and student achievement is through providing high-quality professional development that equips the faculty member with the tools needed to provide effective instruction and a strong focus on student learning. Yet a review of literature in this area yields few examples of institutions that have analyzed the professional development needs of their part-time temporary faculty and addressed these needs in any depth. As a result, the professional development activities offered by the current faculty professional development programs may not meet their unique needs. This project, a collaborative venture between the Faculty Professional Development program and Extended Campuses undertook a purposive sampling of part-time faculty members in geographically distributed locations in an attempt to identify themes and issues related to providing effective professional development activities. This poster session will provide a summary of the findings of this sampling and plans for subsequent follow up surveys to more accurately understand the range of potential needs of faculty members distributed across and outside the state.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Keywords: Assessment fair, poster, part-time faculty, geographically dispersed, professional development
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LD Individual institutions (United States)
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: University Events > Assessment Fair
Extended Campuses
Other Units/Departments > Faculty Professional Development
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 17:13
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2897

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