A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty, 7th Edition
by Donald Greive, Ed.D. & Patricia Lesko, MFA
The Part-Time Press, 2011
160 pages. Paperback.
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With over 265,000 copies sold, A Handbook is one of the most trusted faculty development resources available today. A Handbook is more than just a teacher’s manual! This powerhouse helps readers tackle the day-to-day challenges associated with teaching part-time. The book takes faculty members (including those new to the classroom) step-by-step through the semester. Readers begin with a discussion about the importance of andragogy, student-centered learning and cooperative/collaborative learning. The book offers loads of suggestions and teaching tips and helps instructors sharpen their skills in order to become more confident and competent in the classroom. A Handbook helps readers build stronger lessons plans, integrate media and technology into lectures effectively, facilitate more dynamic classroom discussions and craft a variety of test types and assessment tools (including self-assessment tools). A Handbook offers practical advice and successful strategies in a readable, accessible style and format.
- “Adjunct instructors often enter the teaching arena with extensive work experience that is vital to keeping our programs updated. A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teachers of Adults is a practical tool they can use to be successful immediately and throughout their teaching careers.” — Dr. Sharee P. Koppell, Academic Dean, Sullivan College
- “Your books are super-excellent! We have provided them to our new adjunct faculty as well as to our seasoned adjunct faculty who want to continue growing and refreshing their teaching skills.”— Jeana Bodart, Adjunct Faculty Coordinator, Ivy Tech Community College
- “Must Have Information for Adjunct Instructors…” — Fred Fanning author Essays on Safety, Health and Environment
- “Great tips in a concise format!”— review from Amazon.com
Handbook II – Advanced Teaching Strategies for Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty, 4th ed.
by Donald E. Greive, Editor
The Part-Time Press, 2016
176 pages. Paperback.
The new fourth edition, an expanded collection of over two dozen instructional essays, gathers together the professional know-how of award-winning teaching faculty, as well as research faculty, staff and administrators whose work focuses on faculty development, student retention and success, as well as faculty mentoring. The book includes essays on topics such as:
- student engagement and motivation
- integrating technology into the classroom
- collaborative/cooperative learning
- flipped/hybrid courses
- teaching large classes
- distance education
- testing and test strategies
Handbook II Advanced Teaching Strategies for Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty is used in over 1,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. With over 45,000 copies sold, this book helps faculty sharpen their teaching skills and become more effective instructors.
“Great Resource! I am going to be teaching as an adjunct instructor for the first time, so I purchased this book to help prepare for the job. The book is filled with many tips and ideas that I plan to integrate into me my teaching. I found the advice offered in the book very helpful and it made me feel more confident about how to go about getting students to be active, engaged learners in the classroom right from Day 1!”–Amazon.com review
“Great info for any instructor. I highly recommend this for any teacher, instructor, or adjunt. Great and simple ideas you can use in class, especially with adult learners! I provided a copy to all instructors.”–Amazon.com review
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Grade Less. Smile More. Learn to Cut Your Grading Time in Half
Patricia D. Lesko, Editor
The Part-Time Press, October 2019
72 pages. Paperback.
With this book, the Part-Time Press launches a series on teaching aimed at helping college faculty tackle some of the thorniest and most pressing challenges they face as educators. This book tackles grading.
Ego cogito, ergo sum: “I think therefore I am.” To play on that famous phrase you could say, “I teach therefore I grade.” But who taught you how to grade student work? Chances are that no professor, faculty orientation or conference presentation provided you with the low-down on how to grade, much less how to grade effectively and efficiently. If this is the case, you’re using Model T grading strategies in a self-driving car grading world. The good news is that it’s relatively simple to learn to implement technology, techniques and strategies that will reduce the amount of time you spend grading.
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The book will help readers:
Structure courses for more efficient and effective grading.
Learn grading best practices.
Move beyond the Lecture-to-Exam cycle.
Streamline grading time through the design and use of rubrics and grading plans.
Minimize student grade-grubbing.
Discover active learning techniques that reduce grading time.
This book helps faculty sharpen their teaching skills and adopt more effective, efficient grading strategies.
Going the Distance: A Handbook for Adjunct & Part-Time Faculty Who Teach Online, 2nd Edition
by Patricia Adams, Evelyn Beck and Happy Gingras
The Part-Time Press, 2019, 2nd Edition
112 pages. Paperback.
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This book was authored by a trio of award-winning distance educators who have, collectively, been developing and teaching distance education courses for decades. Happy Gingras is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Pitt Community College. Evelyn Beck is the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Piedmont Technical College. Patricia Adams has been planning, developing and facilitating online courses for over a dozen years at Pitt Community College.
Since first being published in 2008, this handbook has helped tens of thousands of college faculty transition their courses online! Whether you’re just thinking about teaching online, a first-time online course facilitator, or you are an experienced distance educator, Going the Distance: A Handbook for Faculty Who Teach Online will help you sharpen your online teaching skills, develop and deliver more richly-structured distance education courses.
The new Second Edition contains updated and expanded sections on blending, assessment, student retention, course development/design, conferences, awards, copyright, tips and teaching techniques for the online classroom.
Going the Distance: A Handbook for Faculty Who Teach Online provides faculty—full- and part-timers—with the contents of a first-rate teaching workshop for a fraction of the price.
- “This is a good starter kit for those new to teaching online. It can also be a good review for those experienced in the online environment but need a refresher or are attempting to solve a problem. Covered are important topical areas such as assessment, technology, guests, and virtual field trips. In addition, course development processes and issues are discussed. Of course, all of this is generalized knowledge that can be adapted to meet the reader’s individual institution’s policies and procedures.”—Amazon.com review
Blended Learning & Flipped Classrooms: A Comprehensive Guide
by Patricia Adams and Happy Gingras
The Part-Time Press, 2017
128 pages. Paperback.
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Blended Learning & Flipped Classrooms: A Comprehensive Guide is an impressively written, organized and presented instructional guide that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies reading lists.–Midwest Review of Books
Blended Learning & Flipped Classrooms: A Comprehensive Guide is a useful, slim book by Patricia Adams and Happy Gingras, experienced, award-winning college educators, introducing many new ideas of how to manage the classroom and reach the students. This handbook would be especially relevant for new faculty, adjunct or full-time, as it includes tools that some professors might never have thought of or dared to try. The writing is lively and enthusiastic, and not laden with academic jargon. When you’re ready to take some risks and make some changes, this book will provide much of what current college teachers need to blend and flip their classrooms.–Deborah Straw, book reviewer, AdjunctNation.com
Wish your students….
• Took responsibility for their learning?
• Completed coursework and actively participated in classroom discussions?
• Completed assigned work on time?
• Turned in assignments that followed directions/rubrics?
Flipped classrooms combined with blended learning strategies and techniques allow teaching faculty to combine their own creativity with technological tools that can make all of these “wishes” (and more) come true. Students in flipped and blended courses are more engaged, prepared and excited about the course materials you are eager to teach. Authors Patricia Adams and Happy Gingras—award-winning faculty members—have been teaching flipped and blended college courses for over a decade and in this book they take readers step-by-step through the process of flipping and blending a course.
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