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  • 1. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    CDL Conference
    April 23 - 24, 2010
    Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 2. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    Traditionally, why has it been important to publish?
    Publishing books and articles has been going on for a long time
    • Oldest scientific journal( Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London) dates back to 1669 (Allen, Olin, & Lancaster, 1994)
    • 3. According to the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Scholarly Publishing, there is an increasing emphasis by tenure and promotion committees on scholarly books, as opposed to articles (
    • 4. “Publish or Perish” analyzes academic citations via Google Scholar.
  • Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    Traditionally, why has it been important to publish?
    In theory, it has been done to further scholarly and scientific knowledge
    Engaging in research and publication is central to an academic’s life-world (Hemmings, Rushbrook, & Smith, 2007).
    In practice, it has meant job security for tenured professors
    According to an UK ALPSP report, primary publishing objectives include ability to communicate with peers (33%), career advancement (22%), direct financial reward (1%) (Steele & Henty, 2003).
  • 5. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    “Publish or perish”
    In Australia universities receive extra funding based on their academic publication rates and academic promotion is difficult without a good publication record (McGrail, Rickard, & Jones, 2006)
    Publications have become so important in generating funding and prestige, some research groups employ in-house editors (Jones, 1995)
    Being well-published is more important than being the best instructor (Babb & Mirabella, 2007)
    Decline of America’s colleges and universities related to trend toward research and away from teaching (Smith, 1990)
    Emory University offers a workshop on academic publishing that is available, free on iTunes.
  • 6. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    Who are the Adjunct Faculty; why do they teach?
    Strong growth over past 40 years; now almost 50% of teaching staff in degree granting institutions (Tipple, 2008)
    Demand for faculty with real-world experience by nontraditional/adult students (Puzzifero & Shelton, 2009)
    Greater need by institutions for scheduling flexibility (Berry, 1999)
    Declining educational funding (NEA, 2009)
    Increasing enrollments in online education (Allen & Seaman, 2008)
  • 7. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    Who are the Adjunct Faculty; why do they teach? According to McKenzie, Mims, Bennett, & Waugh (2000),
  • 8. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    Who are the Adjunct Faculty; why do they teach?
    • Motivation Factors (positive)
    Joy of teaching
    Personal satisfaction
    Flexible work schedule
    • Motivation Factors (negative)
    Job security
    Benefits (Shiffman, 2009)
  • 9. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    Growth of online learning, US (Allen & Seaman, 2009)
    Over 4.6 million students took at least one online course during fall of 2008, a 17% increase (compared to an overall higher education increase of 1.2%)
    More than one in four higher education students now take at least one course online.
    Less than one-third of chief academic officers believe that their faculty accept the value and legitimacy of online education. This percent has changed little over the last six years.
    The proportion of chief academic officers that report their faculty accept online education varies widely by type of school but reaches a majority in none
  • 10. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    Should Online/offline Adjunct professors publish?
    Few schools currently use publications as a decision maker (rarely shows up on ads) but……..
    Looks great on your application
    Makes the school look better
    Tenured faculty tend to accept you more easily (Babb and Mirabella, 2007)
  • 11. Academic Publishing & Adjunct Professors
    Should Online/offline Adjunct professors publish?
    According to Alan Walker (“A President Speaks”, 2009):
    As an adjunct, published 17 articles for journals and conference papers between 1991 and 1999
    Direct support from employers/institutions was minimal; indirect support was participation in professional organizations and attendance at national and international professional conferences.
    UIU provides minimal support for adjunct scholarly support, due to limited resources
  • 12. References
  • 13. How to Publish?
  • 14. Method
    Content Analysis
    Identify body of material
    Define the characteristics to be examined
    Examine the material for instance of defined characteristics
  • 15. Body of Material
    Journal of Computing in Teacher Education
    Journal of Educational Computing Research
    Journal of Educational Media
    Journal of Educational Technology and Society
    Journal of Instructional Science and Technology
    Journal of Interactive Learning Research
    Journal of Interactive Media in Education
    Journal of Research on Technology in Education
    Journal of Technology & Teacher Education
    Journal of Technology Education
    Language Learning & Technology
    Teaching English with Technology .
    The New Curriculum
    Australian Journal of Educational Technology
    British Journal of Educational Technology
    Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology
    Computer Assisted Language Learning
    Educational Technology Review
    From Now On
    Interactive Educational Multimedia
    International Journal of Instructional Media
    International Journal of Technology and Design Education
    Australian Journal of Educational Technology
    Journal of Computing in Higher Education
  • 16. Characteristics
  • 17. Sample of Data
  • 18. Results
    Type of article: great majority require a mix of research application
    Topics: range from instructional design, subject matter content and evaluation
    Acceptance rate: go from a minimum of 13% to a maximum of 13%
    Frequency of publication: from a minimum of two to six times a year
    Length: from 2000 to 6000 words
  • 19. Where to Start?
    Applied research
    Answer a specific teaching/learning question
    Link theory and practice
    Problems, issues and concerns
    Prior knowledge
  • 20. Where to Start?
  • 21. Recommendations
    Identify a Journal
    Find a Mentor
    Work with Guidelines
    Focus on product
  • 22. Recommendations
    Rejected (Newman, 1992)
    Not suitable for the target audience
    Poor topic
    Inappropriate style
    Poor writing
    Chances of success
  • 23. Promote Your Work
    Professional meetings
  • 24. Limitations
    Sample size
    Assumptions about need of target audience
    Actual level of involvement of audience
  • 25. Discussion and Future Research
    Importance was depicted
    Provided general guidelines
    Major publications outlet were identified
    Major requirements were identified
    Future research
    Identify need of the target audience
    Created collaborative groups
    Implement Scaffolding strategies
  • 26. Questions?