Adjunct Professor Preparation Conference: A Day of Learning
Wednesday, October 17 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Jubilee Ballroom 1
Abstract: This presentation discusses the results and outcomes of an in-service training model Arkansas State University’s Department of Educational Leadership presented for 19 adjunct online educators during April of 2018. Permanent faculty had changed over the years as well as many of the adjuncts, and that evolvement had led to a somewhat incongruous approach among adjuncts in course delivery consistency to students. As a result, there existed a need to train and retrain adjunct online faculty. The in-service activity was focused on the faculty of the Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (Ed. S.). This workshop was designed to formalize a process of course delivery that would be more congruent among all sections to improve course quality and provide a more consistent and meaningful experience for students. The major goals of the workshop were to: improve adjuncts’ confidence, provide an opportunity for adjuncts to network with full-time faculty, address course management issues, provide breakout sessions for one-on-one articulation between adjuncts and full-time faculty, provide for improvement of adjuncts’ Learning Management System (LMS) skills, and address the need for course delivery consistency. A Likert evaluation survey designed to measure the goals above was administered to participants. The adjunct participants (N=12) reported a high satisfaction rate as indicated by the survey responses.