Academic journal article The Journalism Educator

Books -- the Invisible Faculty by Judith M. Gappa and David W. Leslie

Academic journal article The Journalism Educator

Books -- the Invisible Faculty by Judith M. Gappa and David W. Leslie

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Gappa, Judith M. and David W. Leslie (1993). The Invisible Faculty. San Francisco: Josse-Bass Inc., Publishers. 324 pp. Hardback.

The Invisible Faculty describes the woes facing part-time faculty. Its descriptions of those woes might not fit any one university perfectly, but it's a good bet that every reader will see many problems that do fit his or her university.

Gappa and Leslie have provided a valuable service with the book because it raises questions about how part-timers are employed at universities. The authors' information is largely based on a study of 18 colleges and universities of different types, i.e., comprehensive research schools, small liberal arts schools, and community colleges. The book is divided into two major parts: one part describing the situation for part-time faculty, and one part providing 43 suggestions for change.

The book illustrates a symbiotic relationship among full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and university administrators. Full-time faculty need part-timers, the authors say, to support the tenure system and to allow full-time faculty time away from the classroom to conduct research and to tend the seemingly endless (and growing) committee work. Part-timers need full-timers, ideally, for mentoring, and administrators need part-timers for fiscal reasons.

The picture for part-timers, according to what the authors found, is not exactly rosy. They are often underpaid, receive no benefits, and are not appreciated.

Gappa and Leslie interviewed 467 part-timers, chairs, central administrators, and "faculty leaders." The latter category accounted for only 23 of the interviews, something that I consider a weakness of the results. …

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