What do part-time faculty want most? Respect.

May 7, 2015

A study published in the Journal of Higher Education offers new data on part-time faculty in the US. The survey found that the leading cause of job dissatisfaction among part-time faculty was not underemployment but a lack of respect. This perceived lack of respect manifested itself in a variety of ways, including lack of access to resources. Just 18% of part-time faculty members had their own office, while 45% shared with colleagues; the remainder had no office space at all. Those with private office space were more likely to express job satisfaction than those without. The authors of the report offer suggestions to help make part-time faculty feel respected, including seeking their input on governance or offering teaching awards and development opportunities. Academica Group is working with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to gather data on non-full-time/contract faculty in Ontario. Inside Higher Ed