Title

Part-time faculty job satisfaction in higher education: A literature review

Keywords

higher education, part-time faculty, literature

Abstract

More and more institutions of higher learning are turning to part-time faculty to teach their courses. Every year the percentage of part-time faculty increases, while that of the tenure-track faculty decreases. The most recent report from the Department of Education reveals a steady decline in the percentage of full-time faculty and a steady increase in part-time faculty. In 1970, full-time faculty comprised 77.9 percent of all faculty; in 1980, the percentage dropped to 65.6 percent; in 1991 it dropped yet again to 64.8 percent; and in 2003 to 53.8 percent (National Study, 2005, Table 226). In just 33 years (1970 to 2003), higher education has experienced a 24.1 percent shift away from using full-time faculty toward using more part-time faculty.

Original Publication Citation

Howell, S., & Hoyt, J. (December 19, 2007). Part-time faculty job satisfaction in higher education: A literature review. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED499387).

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2007-12-19

Publisher

ERIC

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Instructional Psychology and Technology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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