According to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, 49% of adjuncts rarely feel connected to fellow educators, and 8% never feel connected. On a similar note, 40% of the adjuncts who responded said that “poor connections to colleagues/institution” posed a challenge to their work.
How can you help improve these connections and develop community among the adjuncts on your campus?
For ideas, listen in on the presentation “Be Connected: Using Digital Tools to Create Meaningful Connections,” featuring panelists Mary Poffenroth (Lecturer AY-A of Biological Sciences at San Jose State University), Dr. Keith Sisson (Graduate Studies Coordinator and ROCC Campus Coordinator & Mentor at University of Memphis), and Sherri Singer (Adjunct Institute Coordinator & Department Head, Alamance Community College), along with moderator Dr. Aimee Berger (herself a long-time adjunct as well as the Director of Faculty Programs at Cengage Learning).
Each panelist, all of whom have experience as an adjunct, adjunct coordinator or both, talks about ways to create community for and among dispersed faculty. Webinar participants also had the opportunity to ask questions, gain clarity and share their own ideas for helping adjunct faculty stay connected. They begin by covering the “state of the (adjunct) nation,” then share several ways you can create a sense of community and connection for adjunct faculty.
What are your own strategies for creating connections among adjunct faculty? Share them in the comments!
This content comes from a collaboration between Cengage Learning and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. Recognizing the growing need for adjunct support, Cengage Learning and NISOD are partnering to co-host a series of webinars, podcasts, and blog posts covering professional development topics for adjunct faculty and administrators. To learn more about this partnership, visit http://www.nisod.org/cengage.