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Brief Literature Review About Online Faculty
According to Shelton and Saltsman (2006), the escalating attractiveness of distance education courses has encouraged the employment of a rapidly increasing number of adjunct faculty (AAUP, 2005b; Carnevale, 2004, April; Chen, 2002; Hickey, 2005). Puzziferro-Schnitzer and Kissinger (2005) suggest additional requests for online courses have risen beyond the ability of current full-time faculty to fulfill these course offerings making it necessary for colleges to employ additional adjuncts to fill these teaching positions. Cataldi, Fahimi, Bradburn, and Zimbler (2005) found over 66% of public community college faculty and nearly 34% of public four-year institution faculty were classified by their institutions as part-time faculty during the fall of 2003. Another study conducted by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) (2005a) suggests the overall percentage of part-time faculty to be as high as 46%. These rising figures also indicate a direct connection between the growing popularity of distance education courses and the increasing number of adjunct faculty responsible for online instruction in a majority of online programs (AAUP, 2005a; Chen, 2002; Shelton & Saltsman, 2006).
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Carnevale, D. (2004a). Distance education: Keeping up with exploding demand. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 50(21), B8.
Chen, X. (2002). Teaching undergraduates in U. S. postsecondary institutions: Fall 1998 [Electronic Version]. Retrieved May 29, 2009 from http://ies.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2002209.
Hickey, R. (2005). Giving Part-Time Online Instructors What They Need. Distance Education Report, 9(24), 8-6. Retrieved May 30, 2009 from EBSCOhost database.
Puzziferro-Schnitzer, M., & Kissinger, J. (2005). Supporting online adjunct faculty: A virtual mentoring program [Electronic Version]. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 9. Retrieved April 22, 2006 from http://www.sloan-c.org/publications/jaln/v9n2/v9n2_puzziferro.asp.
Shelton, K., & Saltsman, G. (2006). Faculty Issues in Online Education, University Business (Vol. 9, pp. 73-76): Professional Media Group, LLC.