Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

For-profit career college adjunct faculty and their affiliation needs and experiences
by Pyram, Marie J., Ph.D., Keiser University, 2016, 196; 10100067
Abstract (Summary)

A single case study design was used to explore the affiliation need of career college adjuncts and their lived experiences and the influence that their working conditions have on their professional growth, motivation, commitment, sense of loyalty, and connectivity to the institutions they serve involving student achievement and retention. Constructivist theory was the theoretical framework selected for the study based on the concept that individuals construct knowledge and understand more effectively based on reflections of their personal experiences. The aim of the study was to develop a thorough knowledge of the psychological influence of the working conditions of adjuncts regarding their affiliation and connection with the institutions for which they teach. Additionally, the study included an exploration of the types of professional support programs or activities perceived by adjuncts to be beneficial for their needs for affiliation and teaching performance within their institutions. A qualitative method was used, with nine participants in a single case study, and one focus group. The findings showed that regardless of the lack of fellowship, interaction, and participation in professional development activities, adjuncts are still loyal to their students and motivated to teach and change lives. The participants acknowledged their need to be affiliated with their institutions, and strategies to increase their senses of loyalty, commitments, and motivations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roth, Steven, Booth, Jackie
Commitee: Adragna, Sue, Dietzel, Richard, Keintz, Brian, Lozada, Salla, Roth, Steven
School: Keiser University
Department: Keiser University Graduate School-Education
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Higher education
Keywords: Affiliation needs of career college adjuncts, Career college adjuncts, Feeling invisible, Felling of isolation of career college adjuncts, Fellowship, Lack of feelings of belonging, Lack of professional development, Valued, Working conditions of career adjuncts
Publication Number: 10100067
ISBN: 978-1-339-64001-3
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