“Teaching, Stress, Adjuncts”

I thought you might find the following article, “Teaching, Stress, Adjuncts” of interest. It recently appeared in INSIDE HIGHER ED, and records the major findings of a new national study on faculty members’ use of time and major concerns.

Although the study focuses mostly on faculty at four-year institutions, I think it definitely has implications and relevance within our own context.

Highlights of the survey over all include:

  • Faculty members appear to be moving toward embracing more “student-centered” learning approaches (such as more group work and less lecturing). But the shift in this direction is uneven, with female faculty members far ahead of their male counterparts in this regard.
  • Faculty members have many sources of stress, and some related to institutional budget cuts or red tape are more prevalent among those in the public sector than in the private sector.
  • Despite various sources of stress, faculty members still want to be college professors.
  • While part-time faculty members report high levels of respect from their full-time colleagues, that doesn’t necessarily translate into resources they need or consideration for full-time jobs.

In addition, “The figures on time spent in the classroom, when compared to past years, show a significant decline…The survey shows many faculty members spend small but regular chunks of time each week on committee work, advising, research and other activities.”


Shannon Gibney, 2012-2013 English Division Coordinator

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