Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Un-herded Faculty: Adjuncts, Gypsy Scholars, Silent Faculty, and the Implications of the Adjunct Phenomenon on Higher Education
by Hammons, Masey D., D.E., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2018, 160; 10816091
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines the implications of the adjunct phenomenon on higher education. The researcher utilized multiple case study and document analysis to identify the major implications the adjunct phenomenon has on higher education through the framework of organizational culture and leadership as well as the concept of the herd. This was explored through the study of adjunct faculty perceptions of the adjunct phenomenon, the shift from tenure-track to non-tenure track faculty, hiring, implementation, and employment practices for adjunct faculty. The results of this study support the conclusion that the adjunct phenomenon is impacting higher education, specifically recruitment, retention, organizational culture, and faculty resources. The findings suggest that the negative impacts of the adjunct phenomenon are experienced through the matriculation of limitations on higher education through the state of Louisiana. Additionally, departments have the power to impact the adjunct phenomenon experienced in their department through making changes to recruitment and retention practices as well as the development of organizational culture, utilizing the concept of the herd.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Trahan, Mitzi
Commitee: Dinu, Lucian, Griggs, Dana
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Higher education
Keywords: Adjunct faculty, Adjunct phenomenon, Concept of the herd, Leadership
Publication Number: 10816091
ISBN: 978-1-392-04146-8
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