Tag Archives: teaching quality

Evaluation of adjunct faculty in higher education institutions

Langen, J. M. (2011). Evaluation of adjunct faculty in higher education institutions. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 36(2), 185-196. doi:10.1080/02602930903221501

In this study Langen looks at how adjunct faculty are often evaluated through a strategic analysis project involving 155 responses (of 750 surveys sent, a reasonable 21% response rate) to college administrators in the Michigan system.  Her data shows that there are a wide number of evaluation practices for adjuncts and that many of them do not parallel that of full-time faculty.  One of the important factors in professional development for adjunct faculty (and any other group) is that of evaluation.  This report shows the disparity between institutions when applying evaluation practices.

A model for orientation and mentoring of online adjunct faculty in nursing

Brannagan, K. B., & Oriol, M. (2014). A model for orientation and mentoring of online adjunct faculty in nursing. Nursing Education Perspectives, 35(2), 128-30.

This short article looks at an online adjunct faculty mentoring model (OAFMM) supported by social cognitive theory. The use of individuals with extensive expertise in a given specialty has both benefits and drawbacks for students.  Often these adjuncts have little or no teaching experience, especially an online adjunct faculty.  The article looks at various components of a model designed to create adequately prepared, engaged, and engaging, adjunct faculty through orientation and mentoring.