A report from Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement is out. Inside Higher Ed had a lot to say about it.
â€œDisengaged faculty doesnâ€™t change students. We hire part-time faculty almost exclusively under the understanding that weâ€™re just paying them to show up for three hours in a classroom. Why is that? Is it possible to hire adjunct faculty with a different set of expectations, including that they participate in professional development and other services? What I donâ€™t have are glib, easy answers, but the survey does raise these questions.â€
Yes, it is possible to hire adjunct faculty with a different set of expectations. You still may not get what they were looking for though.
CC2 hired adjuncts at $1800/class x5 +$10,000 to be in their office for office hours ten hours a week. If they expected advising and professional development, they would need to pay more. If you pay more, why not just hire full time and get it all?
Forty-three percent of part-time students take evening classes, whereas only 12 percent of full-time students take them. The report stresses that, as a result, â€œthese students have fewer options for certain kinds of interventions that strengthen engagement.â€
â€œA lot of things are happening during the day for daytime students, and not much happens at night for nighttime students â€¦ like activities and orientations,â€ said one of the anonymous students cited in the report. â€œIf you come to class at night, you miss out on all that.â€
This is something I would like to see changed. Perhaps hiring one or two faculty full-time for night courses and have them also offer activities at night. If there were a veteran’s group at night, would more of our night veterans be able to attend?
The report seems to look at part-timers as the same as full-timers. But, in fact, they are not. Full-timers have offices. They have a secretary whose work they share. They have phones paid for by the school. They have a choice of classes and times to teach. They are paid $50k to be on campus, attend meetings, and teach and grade the same courses that I am paid $18k to teach and grade. So, yeah, for their $32K the school gets something else. At least I hope they do.
I’m more than willing to advise students for $32K a year.