Author(s)

Mark ParrishFollow

Date

7-2016

Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Mary Garzon

Keywords

Adjuncts, Career Cluster, Institution Type, Professional Development

Disciplines

Education | Higher Education | Other Education | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development

Abstract

This study examined the perceptions of adjunct faculty in higher education to gather their opinion on professional development that was offered and the professional development they feel is needed and whether institution type or career cluster was significant in determining their perception. This causal-comparative, quantitative research study utilized an online survey and included 220 adjuncts from within the United States. The study utilized one-way ANOVA to determine if there were statistically significant differences in means between the institution types and career clusters of adjunct faculty related to professional development offered and needed. It was found that there were statistically significant differences in the professional development offered and needed for both the institution types and career clusters. The resulting analysis provides recommendations for academic leaders to the significance of the institution type and the adjunct’s career cluster in fulfilling the needs of adjuncts when planning professional development.