What if I told you that more than half of the faculty in higher education beginning new jobs today receive little to no onboarding or orientation, and may be ill-prepared to succeed with their students as a result? That is often the case with adjunct and non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF).
In May 2012, the Delphi Project on the USC campus in partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities began researching, and discovered that the American professoriate is becoming a mostly contingent workforce. This raises important questions about working conditions and the connection between these conditions and student learning outcomes.
Although full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty were once the norm, adjunct and non-tenure-track faculty now account for more than 70% of the faculty at higher education institutions nationwide. This shift, however, has typically not been accompanied by changes in policies and practices to ensure that adjuncts and NTTFs receive the support they need to succeed.
Join us as we focus on the key role HR professionals can play in supporting adjunct and non-tenured faculty – a role for which they are particularly well-suited.