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Community colleges are facing tough challenges, and engaging faculty members – both full-time and adjunct – in the hard work of meeting these challenges is critical. Colleges can reap major ...

Community colleges are facing tough challenges, and engaging faculty members – both full-time and adjunct – in the hard work of meeting these challenges is critical. Colleges can reap major benefits from meaningful engagement with faculty, yet many institutions find it difficult to do. In partnership with Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, Public Agenda has developed core principles and promising practices for engaging faculty in changing institutions and closing student achievement gaps.

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  • 1. Engaging Adjunct andFull-Time Faculty inStudent SuccessCutting Edge Series No. 1InnovationWill Friedman, Ph.D. Presentation by Alison Kadlec, Ph.D.
  • 2. About Public Agenda • Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps leaders and citizens collaborate on complex problems through:  Nonpartisan opinion research  Communications and engagement technical assistance  Capacity building in all of the above2|
  • 3. Common Obstacles • Faculty workloads • Initiative overload • Resistance to mandates from above • Lack of adjunct faculty integration • Compensation, tenure and promotion policies encourage old values over new ones3 | Common Obstacles to Engagement
  • 4. I. Leadership that respects faculty, inspires Principles and Practices engagement of Constructive Faculty Engagement II.Create both a culture of evidence and a culture of engagement III.Provide resources, incentives and recognition IV.Institutionalize expectations and opportunities V. Span silos and nurture a college culture that is inquiry-based,4 | Engagement Throughout the Process of Institutional Change
  • 5. Exercise leadership that inspires engagement • Articulate the vision and connect the dots • Establish an atmosphere of collaboration • Respect the knowledge, expertise and commitment of adjunct and full-time faculty • Recognize accomplishments in public venues5 | Engagement Throughout the Process of Institutional Change
  • 6. • Maintain transparency about Use IR to Create a Culture of how data is collected and Engagement in Data analyzed • Engage faculty leaders in developing relevant and meaningful data presentations • Establish routine, faculty- friendly exchanges between IR and faculty that empower faculty to make sense of data • Hire IR staff with social as well as technical competence6 | Engagement Throughout the Process of Institutional Change
  • 7. Incentivize Engagement • Provide release times and stipends when asking a major time commitment • Offer high-caliber, career- building professional development opportunities for adjunct and full-time • Reward faculty through formal recognition of achievements • Expand departmental resources to adjunct faculty and make special effort to recognize their achievements7 | Engagement Throughout the Process of Institutional Change
  • 8. • Capitalize on Expectations and Institutionalize adjuncts’ Opportunities for Engagement industry/workforce expertise in curriculum and degree design • Use existing channels--such as convocations, faculty senate, instructional counsels, strategic planning--as vehicles for faculty participation in student success initiatives • Set expectations for engagement at the hiring stage8 | Engagement Throughout the Process of Institutional Change
  • 9. Avoid us/them dynamics that stymie Silos Span change efforts through the things like: • Faculty Work Groups and “FIGs” • Adjunct/ Full-time Faculty Dialogues • Campus Conversations and Faculty-Student Dialogues • Data Summits9 | Engagement Throughout the Process of Institutional Change
  • 10. To View the Full Report Please Visit: www.publicagenda.org/articles/engaging- faculty-innovation-student-success10 | Engagement in Action