Faculty: What Do Contingent Faculty Want?
The use of contingent faculty continues to increase throughout higher education. Given the important role they play, it makes sense to consider what can be done to improve their working conditions and their ability to teach effectively. Understanding the contingent faculty experience is certainly an important step in improving it. This was the motivation for a recent survey of community college contingent faculty members conducted by Carol Schwartz, associate chair for undergraduate teacher education at Lourdes University. The anonymous survey featured 41 questions, 40 of which were quantitative questions that asked respondents to report on their participation in various instructional activities on a Likert scale, along with the following open-ended question: