Part-time Faculty Resources for Deans and Unit Heads

GVSU Part-time Faculty

Approximately 30% of GVSU faculty are part-time adjunct. These employees teach roughly 50% of our courses – 68% of these courses being first-year courses. Part-time faculty play an important role in student learning and retention – and in creating the overall culture of our university.

Supporting part-time faculty--in terms of orientation, professional development, mentorship, adequate professional space/supplies/services, evaluation, recognition, and inclusion- is essential. Research suggests that lack of support for part-time faculty impacts students negatively with:

  • Diminished graduation and retention
  • Decreased transfers from 2-4 yr. institutions
  • Greater  impact on early undergrads; students in intro & developmental remedial courses
  • Greater difficulty with major selection and persistence.
  • Lower GPAs

As you work toward understanding and supporting your part-time faculty, you can start with this portrait of part-time faculty workers and this excellent guide.  We have also compiled other resources and readings to assist you. If you need further support, please contact Dr. Thomas Pentecost, Director of Part-time Faculty Support.

Page last modified October 21, 2016