Advantages and Disadvantages of Adjunct Faculty by wanghonghx

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									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
      appointment
     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
      time.
    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
    community
       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
                     Summary
   Adjunct faculty are a valuable asset
   As educators we need to nurture the idea of
    teaching
   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
   faculty?
                 References:
   Winter 2008 AHIMA Academic Advisor
    Newsletter
   Faculty Handbook for Texas State University –
    San Marcos

								
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