Advantages and Disadvantages of Adjunct Faculty by wanghonghx


									Examining the Use of
  Adjunct Faculty
Jackie Moczygemba, MBA, RHIA, CCS
2008 TxHIMA Annual Convention
      The Woodlands, TX
    How Do We Define Adjunct Faculty?

   Temporary faculty to include lecturers and
    part-time faculty at any rank
     Hired for only a one-semester or one-year
     On a per course or other basis

     Sometimes described as contingent faculty
    Where Do You Find Adjunct Faculty?

   Professional meetings/conventions
   HIM/HIT service activities
       Serving on committees, boards
   Clinical sites
       Internship site supervisors may express interest
   Networking
       May be face to face or virtual (e-mailing)
   Retired faculty come back!
           Do HIA/HIT Programs Rely
              on Adjunct Faculty?

   According to the AHIMA Winter 2008
    Academic Advisor Newsletter:
     Baccalaureate health information
      administration programs use adjunct faculty
      50 percent of the time
     Associate health information technology
      programs rely on adjuncts 52 percent of the
    Advantages of Using Adjunct Faculty
   Sound business reason
       Costs less to staff with adjunct rather than full-time
   Adjunct is sometimes the more qualified instructor
       Example: credentialed coding supervisor
   Adjunct faculty are usually practitioners in the
       They can design lectures and assignments that are relevant
        to current HIM practices
   Adjunct faculty get to know the students
       May be more willing to accept student interns in their FT
        place of employment
Disadvantages of Using Adjunct Faculty

   Adjunct Faculty Perspective:
       The “disconnect” feeling
       “How to teach”
       Not familiar with resources available
       Not enough time for course prep, advising, grading
   Program Perspective
       Difficult to hold meetings at time when all can attend
       Program must still maintain “core faculty”
            FT faculty needed for university, college and program activites
       Adjunct appointments are short term - “no strings attached”
    How Do We Retain Adjunct Faculty?
   Work with deans on budget
       Possibly compensate one credit hour more for duties
        outside of lecture/lab time
            Advising, course development, grading
   Ensure adequate resources
       Training sessions, office space for advising
   Plan/schedule ahead for a time adjunct can teach
   Engage faculty more
       Plan social activity
       Serve on advisory committee
       Attend meetings/CE seminars together
       Hold faculty meeting at adjunct’s place of employment
   Adjunct faculty are a valuable asset
   As educators we need to nurture the idea of
   AHIMA Code of Ethics #6:
      Recruit and mentor students, peers and colleagues to
      develop and strengthen professional workforce.

Audience: what are some of the issues other
   programs have experienced with adjunct
   Winter 2008 AHIMA Academic Advisor
   Faculty Handbook for Texas State University –
    San Marcos

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