Previous research indicated that community college faculty retire at or near the traditional age of sixty–five. With an aging faculty, enrollments that are reaching unprecedented levels, and the federal goverment calling for the community college to take an even greater role in workforce training, community colleges will need to both replace significant portions of their faculty and hire additional faculty lines between now and 2020. This next hiring wave has implications for community colleges, the diverse student populations who attend these institutions, and society in general.
This is the 152nd volume of the Jossey–Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Community Colleges. Essential to the professional libraries of presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today′s open–door institutions, New Directions for Community Colleges provides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinctive and expanding educational mission.
1. Preparing to Hire the Best in the Perfect Storm (John P. Murray)
Scarce resources, increasing enrollments, greater demands for accountability, and an aging faculty have created a perfect storm that is challenging administrators with unprecedented hiring decisions. This chapter presents an overview of how faculty personnel decisions will have a major impact on the future community college.
2. New Faculty Issues: Fitting In and Figuring It Out (Pamela L. Eddy)
Community college faculty arrive at their positions through multiple paths, but not many have intended to arrive at this destination. A case study of community college faculty provides insight into the process of faculty socialization and presents themes related to the professional development needs of new faculty members.
3. An Approach to a Faculty Professional Development Seminar (Mary Bendickson, Karen Griffin)
Many of the new faculty hired at Hillsborough Community College in Florida had limited or no experience with community colleges or college teaching. This chapter describes a seminar to orient new faculty to the college, evaluates the initial offering, and provides suggestions for institutions interested in adopting a similar program.
4. Faculty Issues in Rural Community Colleges (Brent D. Cejda)
This chapter discusses the unique aspects of living and working in a rural environment and the importance of the fi t of the faculty member with the college and the community. Suggestions are offered to improve both the recruitment and retention of full–time faculty.
5. Hiring and Recruiting Female Faculty (Jaime Lester, Trudy Bers)
Community colleges have greater gender equity in the faculty ranks than four–year institutions, yet the majority of women continue to be employed in traditionally feminized disciplines. In addition to an overview of the literature and data, this chapter presents recommendations to maintain or improve current equity levels as well as diversify the disciplines in which women are underrepresented.
6. Recruiting and Mentoring Minority Faculty Members (William Vega, Kenneth Yglesias, John P. Murray)
A more diverse faculty will benefi t both the students and the communities that community colleges serve. This chapter suggests strategies to provide mentoring to facilitate successful community college teaching careers among faculty of color.
7. Legal Concerns in Community College Employment Matters (Roy C. Rodriguez)
This chapter presents an overview of court decisions related to the hiring, evaluation, and dismissal of community college faculty members. Implications for administrators, in anticipation of the predicted signifi cant vacancies and the increasing reliance on part–time faculty, are provided from both a practitioner and policy perspective.
8. Hiring for Student Success: A Perspective from Community College Presidents (Marie Foster Gnage, Kevin E. Drumm)
Two community college administrators refl ect on the foundation of student success as the key goal of community colleges. Starting with the articulation of the institutional defi nition of success, stages in the hiring process and selecting and charging the search committee are discussed from a practitioner′s perspective.
9. Now Hiring: The Faculty of the Future (Donald W. Green, Kathleen Ciez–Volz)
Community colleges continue to face complex instructional missions, from developmental offerings to baccalaureate degrees in high–demand areas. This chapter presents strategies to move toward the future in the next wave of faculty hiring while maintaining the traditional community college mission of providing access and promoting student success.