At Maricopa Community College in Arizona, 60 percent of the classes are taught by adjunct faculty. New programs invest in professional development for part-time faculty and piled dividends in student success. Take a look at what they’re doing. Let’s try to spread these practices to create more equitable conditions for adjunct faculty and better success for our students.
Historically, institutions have invested very little in their part-time faculty workforce, but developmental, introductory, or gateway courses — the courses that determine whether many students, especially first-generation students, will persist and succeed — are frequently taught by contingent faculty. If this is the case at your institution, thinking through the support and professional development offered to your part-time faculty is critical.