Understanding and Supporting Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Day two of the AAUP’s Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education and One Hundredth Annual Meeting was highlighted by a plenary luncheon presentation by Daniel Maxey, Co-Principal Investigator at The Delphi Project and a Dean’s Fellow in Urban Education Policy in the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and the Pullias Center for Higher Education.

The Delphi Project was created to support a better understanding of the changing nature of higher education faculty, chiefly the sharp rise in non-tenure-track faculty. The project examines the factors leading to a majority of faculty being hired off the tenure track; the impact these types of hires have on both teaching and learning; and strategies for addressing the rise of contingency faculty through collaborative change and positive practices.

The presentation discussed the changing composition of faculty and the growth of part-time and non-tenure track faculty in higher education. Maxey discussed the common conditions and restraints experienced by part-time and non-tenure-track faculty, but also highlighted some of the positive steps being taken to support and improve their experiences.

“Seeking out champions in different parts of the institution and working together is key to building the rationale for change and creating effective support for all faculty,” Maxey said. “Change is often promoted through collaboration among multiple campus constituencies and stakeholders.”

For more information on The Delphi Project, please visit http://thechangingfaculty.org/

Publication Date: 
Friday, June 13, 2014