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At Valencia Community College's Osceola Campus, adjunct instructors make up over 75% of the teaching force. Adjunct faculty are given several challenges: to contribute to every aspect of campus life; to affect major instructional instruction; and to be aware of the constraints created by college policy and a regard for instructional excellence. Using a construct referred to as the "academic voice," the Osceola Campus seeks to combine empowerment with a directive instructional environment. Adjuncts are empowered through their participation in departmental affairs and the faculty association, under a system of management that is responsive to their concerns. The most formal instruments used to shape instruction are the "Faculty Handbook" and a handout on syllabus preparation. The"Faculty Handbook" is a clear and friendly guide to what is expected of adjunct faculty, including explanations of important policies, a handy list of "do's and don'ts," and a model syllabus. Rather than resenting the constraints imposed by the directive handbook, adjuncts are pleased to find a concise guide through important policies and procedures. The "Faculty Handbook" has reduced both trivial and serious breaches of college procedure. Documents such as a list of in-class substitute assignments, skills-based discipline handouts, and materials used to support writing offer invaluable assistance. Finally, adjuncts go through a rigorous evaluation procedure that offers praise, direction, and blame. This document includes a case study of the use of the "academic voice" to shape instruction in the humanities, and sample pages from the handbook, syllabus guide, and other materials for adjuncts. (KP)

Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Administrative Policy, Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Handbooks, Part Time Faculty, School Policy, Staff Orientation, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Williamson, Laurel V.; Mulholland, Kevin


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