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Examining the Needs of Adjunct Faculty in a Distance Education Framework in Higher Education

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Faculty Development Medley!

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Federica Robinson-Bryant Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Federica Robinson-Bryant is an Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Campus. She is the Program Chair for the Master of Systems Engineering program in the Department of Engineering and Technology. She is also Past Chair of the ASEE Systems Engineering Division and is serving in other capacities throughout the ASEE community.

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Narcrisha Norman Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide

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Dr. Norman is a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar who actively volunteers as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. She is also a US Army Veteran who has enjoyed contributing to and learning from a variety of organizations. Dr. Norman is active in helping faculty establish successful research portfolios. Her research interests include fundamental aeronautics; Hypersonics; Theoretical Physics; Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) system design and analysis; Dewar and Cryostat design and cryogenic material testing; Advances in STEM Education and Curriculum development;

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Yuetong Lin Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide

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Yuetong Lin received the Ph.D. degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2005. He was with Indiana State University from 2005 to 2016, where he became associate professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, and the program coordinator for Computer Engineering Technology. He joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide in September 2016 as an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology.

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This paper introduces a study designed to better understand the challenges adjunct faculty face and to instigate continuous improvement processes relevant to the administration, quality and sustainability of adjunct faculty in distance learning programs. It aims to identify and investigate, among key stakeholders, prevailing interests and concerns which are organized into four dimensions- (1) Faculty Onboarding, (2) Course Assignments, (3) Faculty Performance and (4) College Communication. Results show that adjunct faculty would like more feedback, more course information available prior to the course becoming accessible in the learning management system, increased lead time and frequency for the courses they teach, and more effective communication with the academic units and its points of contact. Based on these findings and a review of the literature, a list of short-term and long-term opportunities to foster adjunct faculty efficiency, effectiveness and other identified concerns is presented.

Robinson-Bryant, F., & Norman, N., & Lin, Y. (2020, June), Examining the Needs of Adjunct Faculty in a Distance Education Framework in Higher Education Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34619

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