Effective Practices For Developing And Supporting Adjunct Faculty

Concurrent Session 1
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Brief Abstract

The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) and the OLC partnered during Summer of 2021 to study how institutions effectively orient and support online adjunct faculty. The purpose of the study was to highlight hiring practices, expectations, and policies to support online adjunct faculty. This session will highlight the findings of the study and provide research-based recommendations for institutional leaders about effective practices for developing and supporting online adjunct faculty.

 

Presenters

Dr. Abby McGuire serves as the Director of Research at the Online Learning Consortium where she supports the OLC’s research efforts and advances the reach and impact of the OLC’s Research Center. Abby collaborates with scholars, practitioners, OLC team members, and external partners to design and implement initiatives and publish research that advances online, blended, and digital teaching and learning. Abby loves creating and sharing ideas to deepen understanding and shift perspectives about teaching and learning. She is a bold, creative thinker and educational leader with professional writing, editing, and consulting expertise, and she is a higher education professional with more than a decade of experience in administrative and faculty roles. Abby holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts in English Composition and Communication from Central Michigan University.

Extended Abstract

What innovative, effective practices are institutional leaders using to develop and support online adjunct faculty?  The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) and the OLC partnered during Summer of 2021 to study how institutions orient and support online adjunct faculty. The purpose of the study was to highlight hiring practices, expectations, and policies to support online adjunct faculty. This session will highlight the findings of the 2021 study and provide research-based recommendations for institutional leaders about effective practices for developing and supporting online adjunct faculty.  The session will also compare the findings of the 2021 study to the previous study conducted by the WCET and The Learning House in 2015 to discuss how online adjunct faculty development opportunities and supports have changed since prior to the onset of the pandemic.