This page will provide a list of books and other reading material for California Community College Faculty. Make sure to check below for a complete list of books.

  • This reading list is based on the list started on the Elchorro listserv.
  • At the top of the list we will spotlight one book form our growing selection.
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CPFA Reading Spotlight

Author Jean Waggoner was the Keynote Speaker at the CPFA 2012 Annual Conference.

The Freeway Flier and the LIfe of the MIndThe Freeway Flier and the Life of the Mind
Jean Waggoner and Douglas Snow – 2011
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“This is a book about faculty striving to make a living that leaves time for the mind. It is also a book about true friendship, bemused observations, small creative triumphs and glimmers of hope for part time faculty and other thinking people who fly along the highways and log into the libraries of our brutal, post-modern world.”

Lyrical and Hard-Hitting Look at the Life of an Adjunct, November 30, 2011
This review by Faye Reads is from: The Freeway Flier And The Life Of The Mind (Paperback)

“The Freeway Flier and the Life of the Mind is a lyrical, hard-hitting, sometimes controversial, always thought-provoking look at the life of the adjunct, that is the experience of highly-educated teachers who work part time at various colleges to eke out a minimal living. As with all academics, these adjuncts must and do find ways to expand their minds despite a grueling schedule and lack of funds.
Whether you are an educator or not, this collection of musings speaks to the universal themes of needing to feel valued for your contribution to society and the need for self growth and actualization. The majority of people in today’s world work long hours and have many obligations outside of work that make it nearly impossible for them to pursue their passion whether that be writing, music, research, art, or something equally rewarding. The adjunct experience perfectly highlights the trials and tribulations of those who work too hard for too little pay, but still strive for excellence in the work place as well as in their personal endeavors.”

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PT Faculty Working Conditions and Effects

Reclaiming the Ivory Tower book coverReclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education
Joe Berry – 2005
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“Reclaiming the Ivory Tower examines the situation of adjunct professors in U.S. higher education today, describes the process of organizing them to improve their conditions of work, and puts forward an agenda around which adjunct labor can mobilize and transform the universities.”

ACADEMIC SHARECROPPERS: Exploitation of Adjunct Faculty and the Higher Education SystemAcademic Sharecroppers: Exploitation of Adjunct Faculty and the Higher Education System
Wendell Fountain – 2005
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“This is a nonfiction book which addresses the exploitation of adjunct faculty and the higher education system. The term “academic sharecroppers” is used synonymously with the nomenclature “adjunct faculty” because of the minimal financial and other support given to adjunct faculty by institutions of higher learning. This book is a result of the research, personal observations, and experiences of an academic sharecropper that spans nearly three decades. The issues of what is right, just, and fair are addressed relative to the failure of the academic system to properly recognize and reward adjunct faculty-academic sharecroppers. This book maintains that ethical and moral breaches by administrators in the higher education industry needs to be addressed at the societal level. “

The Freeway Flier and the LIfe of the MIndThe Freeway Flier and the Life of the Mind
Jean Waggoner and Douglas Snow – 2011
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“This is a book about faculty striving to make a living that leaves time for the mind. It is also a book about true friendship, bemused observations, small creative triumphs and glimmers of hope for part time faculty and other thinking people who fly along the highways and log into the libraries of our brutal, post-modern world.”

Ghosts in the ClassroomGhosts in the Classroom: Stories of College Adjunct Faculty
Michael Dubson – 2001
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“Higher Educations’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed in the Ghosts in the Classroom.
Corruption, exploitation and cruelty are the main ingredients in this book about college adjunct faculty, issues not usually associated with the grand manners and political correctness of higher education.
Ghosts in the Classroom is an anthology of essays written by college adjunct faculty about their experiences working in higher education. They are written by people who are now in the field, those have gotten permanent jobs, and those who have left the profession for a better life. The contributors have worked at expensive, private schools, Ivy League schools, public universities and community colleges. Adjunct faculty are paid on a course by course basis only and given few, if any, benefits and no job security. The essays in Ghosts in the Classroom show what happens in the classroom because of that.”
*The gross discrepancy between full-time and adjunct pay, despite the fact that adjunct faculty have the same degrees and do the same work;
*How teaching suffers when adjunct faculty teach on the side of a full-time job or career or string together a series of classes at different campuses;

The Invisible Faculty: Improving the Status of Part-timers in Higher EducationThe Invisible Faculty: Improving the Status of Part-timers in Higher Education
Judith M. Gappa – 1993
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“This book presents a stunning portrayal of the complexities of part-time faculty and their working conditions, and an exemplary set of practical but universally applicable recommendations for change.”
Ellen Earle Chaffee, vice chancellor for academic affairs, North Dakota University System

Faculty Incivility: The Rise of the Academic Bully Culture and What to Do About It Faculty Incivility: The Rise of the Academic Bully Culture and What to Do About It
Darla J. Twale and Barbara M. De Luca – 2008
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“This important book addresses the prevalence of faculty incivility,camouflaged aggression, and the rise of an academic bully culture in higher education. The authors show how to recognize a bully culture that may form as a result of institutional norms, organizational structure, academic culture, and systemic changes. Filled with real-life examples,the book offers research-based suggestions for dealing with this disruptive and negative behavior in the academic workplace.”

Students Losing Out: four essays on adjunct labor in higher education Students Losing Out: four essays on adjunct labor in higher education [Kindle Edition]
Isaac Sweeney – 2011
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“Personal essays that got Isaac Sweeney fired.
A collection of four creative essays. The essays were originally published between October 2009 and January 2011 in national venues, such as The Chronicle Review and Academe. The essays offer a unique perspective, backed by personal experience and research, on the unfair world of adjunct, contingent, and non-tenure-track labor in higher education, focusing mostly on the four-year institution, which relies heavily on these underpaid and often – under appreciated faculty members.
**4,000 words total**
About the Author:
Isaac Sweeney spent three years as a full-time adjunct faculty member at James Madison University in Virginia, where he taught freshman composition. He is the author of three fiction ebooks, available on Amazon, and he lives in Verona, VA., with his wife, son, four dogs, three cats, and rabbit. “

Higher Education Faculty Working Conditions

Academic Apartheid: Waging the Adjunct WarAcademic Apartheid: Waging the Adjunct War
Sylvia M. DeSantis – 2011
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“In response to institutionalized oppression, professional disregard, and overt lack of agency, a silent majority speaks out. Academic Apartheid: Waging the Adjunct War responds to the pervasive ‘adjunct for hire’ trend with a collection of poignant international essays covering a wide depth and breadth of experience (overseas, online, small private colleges, large state institutions) while uncovering the challenges implicit with living and working as an academic on the borders of the ivory tower. Because colleges and universities have continually increased their adjunct workforce over the last decade, turning a once-trend into an explosive and exploitative standard practice in higher education, adjunct employment practices often occur outside the boundaries of professionalism; too commonly are academics hired into teaching positions without the benefits of job security, adequate wages, health benefits, or even minimal professional resources, such as office space, a desk, or even use of a copier. What does this mean for the climate in higher education? Determined to address the ramifications of this shift, Academic Apartheid documents the agency and experiences of adjuncts always already subsumed by this classist shift.”

Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About ItHigher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—and What We Can Do About It
Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus – 2010
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“What’s gone wrong at our colleges and universities—and how to get American higher education back on track
A quarter of a million dollars. It’s the going tab for four years at most top-tier universities. Why does it cost so much and is it worth it?
Renowned sociologist Andrew Hacker and New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus make an incisive case that the American way of higher education, now a $420 billion-per-year business, has lost sight of its primary mission: the education of young adults. Going behind the myths and mantras, they probe the true performance of the Ivy League, the baleful influence of tenure, an unhealthy reliance on part-time teachers, and the supersized bureaucracies which now have a life of their own.
As Hacker and Dreifus call for a thorough overhaul of a self-indulgent system, they take readers on a road trip from Princeton to Evergreen State to Florida Gulf Coast University, revealing those faculties and institutions that are getting it right and proving that teaching and learning can be achieved—and at a much more reasonable price.”

Off-Track ProfsOff-Track Profs: Nontenured Teachers in Higher Education
John G. Cross and Edie N. Goldenberg – 2009
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“An investigation of non-tenure-track faculty at ten elite research universities and the implications for undergraduate education, institutional governance, and American preeminence in higher education.”

The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Pay ForThe Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For
Naomi Schaefer Riley – 2011
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“College tuition has risen four times faster than the rate of inflation in the past two decades. While faculties like to blame the rising costs on fancy athletic buildings and bloated administrations, professors are hardly getting the short end of the stick. Spending on instruction has increased 22 percent over the past decade at private research universities.
Parents and taxpayers shouldn’t get overheated about faculty salaries: tenure is where they should concentrate their anger. The jobs-for-life entitlement that comes with an ivory tower position is at the heart of so many problems with higher education today. Veteran journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley, an alumna of one of the country’s most expensive and best-endowed schools, explores how tenure has promoted a class system in higher education, leaving contingent faculty who are barely making minimum wage and have no time for students to teach large swaths of the undergraduate population. She shows how the institution of tenure forces junior professors to keep their mouths shut for a decade or more if they disagree with senior faculty about anything from politics to research methods. And she examines how the institution of tenure – with the job security, mediocre salaries and low levels of accountability it entails – may be attracting the least innovative and interesting members of our society into teaching.”

Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's strategic ImperativeRethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education’s Strategic Imperative
Judith M. Gappa – 2007
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“Written for educators, administrators, policy makers, and anyone else concerned with the future of higher education, Rethinking Faculty Work shows how changes in higher education are transforming the careers of faculty and provides a model that makes it possible for all faculty to be in a position to do their best. This important resource offers a vision of academic workplaces that will attract superb faculty committed to fulfilling the missions of the universities and colleges where they work.”

Will Teach For Food: Academic Labor in CrisisWill Teach For Food: Academic Labor in Crisis (Studies in Classical Philology)
Cary Nelson (AAUP)- 1997
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“A compelling examination of the human cost of today’s corporate colleges and universities.
This compelling examination provides a clarion call to academic workers, summoning them to take action against the continued decline in working conditions on American campuses. “Will Teach for Food” exposes the myths and reveal what people employed at all levels of academic life are doing to improve their own futures and the future of the American university.” –David Montgomery, Yale University.

Improving or Addressing PT Faculty Teaching: Strategies & Handbooks

Best Practices for Supporting Adjunct FacultyBest Practices for Supporting Adjunct Faculty
Richard E. Lyons – 2007
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“The number of part-time faculty members is increasing steadily, to the point that most colleges and universities could not function efficiently without them. The evening and weekend availability of adjunct faculty enables us to expand class schedules to serve the educational needs of nontraditional students, and their expertise offers students important real-world perspectives. Yet there is often a lack of preparation or support for their vital role. Best Practices for Supporting Adjunct Faculty is written for a full range of academic leaders, including instructional administrators, department chairs, and directors of teaching and learning centers. It showcases proven initiatives at a variety of institutional types – two- and four year, public and private – that help achieve the needs of adjunct instructors, while increasing their effectiveness within institutions” existing delivery systems. This book provides research data on the initiatives highlighted, and valuable ideas for institutions expanding their professional development opportunities for part-time instructors – thus enhancing student learning and improving accountability outcomes.”
Contents include:
* Deepening our understanding of adjunct faculty
* Ensuring an effective start for adjunct faculty
* Supporting adjunct faculty through face-to-face and online programming
* Mentoring adjunct instructors in a variety of approaches
* Building community and a sense of mission
* Analysis of orientation, pre-service training, recognition, and comprehensive professional development programs for adjunct faculty
* Portraits of proven programs and strategies for implementing initiatives at your institution
* An adjunct professor’s perspective on the benefits of supporting your part-timers’ teaching

Adjunct Faculty in Community Colleges: An Academic Administrator's Guide to Recruiting, Supporting and Retaining Great TeachersAdjunct Faculty in Community Colleges: An Academic Administrator’s Guide to Recruiting, Supporting and Retaining Great Teachers
Desna L. Wallin – 2005
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“The employment of adjunct faculty is often what allows community colleges to offer excellent yet affordable education; however, this group is often deprived of the professional development and basic amenities enjoyed by their full-time colleagues.
Academic administrators are those charged with hiring and supervising adjunct faculty, and this book provides them with examples of successful programs that highlight the important connection between teaching quality and effective hiring, orientation, acculturation, and professional development practices for their constituency. These models come from community and technical colleges across the United States and can be implemented into any two-year system.
Through the use of research, case studies, and hands-on how-to guides, checklists, and samples, this volume’s expert contributors explain how to understand part-time faculty – how to motivate them and value them as members of the academy. They go on to offer practical advice for recruiting, integrating, supporting, and retaining these great teachers.”

Connecting Non Full-time Faculty to Institutional Mission: A Guidebook for College/University Administrators and Faculty DevelopersConnecting Non Full-time Faculty to Institutional Mission: A Guidebook for College/University Administrators and Faculty Developers
Leora Baron-Nixon – 2007
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“Non full-time faculty – whether adjunct, part-time or contingent – has become the lifeline of a vast majority of colleges and universities. They teach many of the foundation and core courses taken by first- and second-year students, teach professional courses in which their own life experiences are invaluable, and step in at short notice to fill-in for regular faculty engaged in research or away on sabbaticals.
A survey of over 4,000 institutions conducted by the US Department of Education reveals that such faculty are being hired at a much higher rate than their full-time counterparts–whether in response to increased enrollments, reduced budgets, or changing administrative strategies.
The increasing presence of such faculty on campus can conflict with today’s demands for accountability and the pursuit of institutional mission. This book provides academic administrators and faculty developers with proactive, practical and results-producing approaches that can help transform fragmented faculties into integrated and cohesive teaching and scholarly communities.
In an easy-to-follow format, this book constitutes a resource of thoughtful and pragmatic strategies to ensure quality and satisfaction both on the part of the institution and the adjuncts. Topics are presented in a thematic sequence that allows decision-makers to focus on their priority areas. The author offers guidance for systematic planning and implementation.”
The contents are focused on connecting non full-time faculty to core institutional functions and structures: Connection #1–to the institution;
Connection #2–to the department;
Connection #3–to teaching;
Connection #4–to Students; and
Connection #5–to scholarship.

Managing Adjunct and PT Faculty for the New MillenniumManaging Adjunct & Part Time Faculty for the New Millennium
Donald E. Greive – 2000
[includes intellectual property, faculty development, parity, quality, ethical and legal issues]
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“Faculty managers will experience increased challenges due to the continuing growth in numbers of adjunct and part-time faculty. In addition, the increase in activity of non-traditional educational delivery systems and entities will play a greater role in higher education. These factors will not only impact the training and utilization of adjunct faculty and their managers, they will also lead to such related issues as legal issues, ethical concerns and intellectual property rights. This book address these and related issues. The text, written by practitioners, offers the very best in proven management ideas and shares examples of successful and exemplary programs.”
Topics Include:
* Orientation of Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty
* The Comprehensive Faculty Development Program
* Ethical Issues for Adjunct Faculty and their Managers
* Legal Issues Concerning Adjunct Faculty and their Managers
* The Academic Manager: Five Steps to Parity
* Management of Adjunct Faculty on Branch and Off-Campus Sites
* Maintaining Quality in Higher Education

Going the Distance: A Handbook for Part-Time & Adjunct Faculty Who Teach OnlineGoing the Distance: A Handbook for Part-Time & Adjunct Faculty Who Teach Online
Evelyn Beck and Donald Grieve – 2008
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“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 Part-Time & Adjunct Faculty Who Teach Online will help you sharpen your online teaching skills, develop and deliver more richly-structured distance education courses. This book was authored by Evelyn Beck, an educator who has been developing and teaching distance education courses for almost a decade. Going the Distance co-author, Dr. Donald Greive, is the writer of the much-used and trusted Handbook series A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teachers of Adults, as well as Handbook II: Advanced Teaching Strategies , which together have sold more than 165,000 copies. This is more than just a teacher’s manual! This little powerhouse helps adjuncts tackle the day-to-day challenges associated with teaching online courses. From technological preparation to course design to planning and virtual classroom techniques, this book offers model materials, practical suggestions and successful strategies. Going the Distance: A Handbook for Part-Time & Adjunct Faculty Who Teach Online provides adjuncts who teach in distance education programs with the contents of a first-rate teaching workshop for a fraction of the price.”

A Handbook for Adjunct & Part-Time Faculty & Teachers of AdultsA Handbook for Adjunct & Part-Time Faculty & Teachers of Adult
Donald Grieve – 2005
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“This is more than just a teacher’s manual! This little powerhouse helps adjuncts tackle the day-to-day problems associated with teaching part-time. From course planning to teaching adult students, this book offers practical suggestions, strategies and advice. With over 160,000 copies sold, A Handbook provides adjuncts with the contents of a first-rate teaching workshop for a fraction of the price.”

Teaching Strategies and Techniques for Adjunct FacultyTeaching Strategies & Techniques for Adjunct Faculty, Fifth Edition
Donald Grieve 2009
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The new revised 5th Edition! This is an intentionally brief and to-the-point book for busy part-time faculty. It is a quick and straightforward teaching reference full of tips, strategies and proven techniques that address teaching in the contemporary classroom. If you are new to adjunct teaching, returning to the profession or have been teaching for several years, Teaching Strategies will help make your teaching experience more productive and enjoyable.

Handbook II-Advanced Teaching Strategies for Adjunct FacultyHandbook II-Advanced Teaching Strategies for Adjunct Faculty
Donald Grieve 2006
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Higher education expert Donald Greive takes experienced and long-term adjunct faculty beyond his best selling Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teachers of Adults to Handbook II: Advanced Teaching Strategies for Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty. In this book, adjuncts and their managers offer their own insights into a variety of topics, like…

-The Syllabus and the Lesson Plan
-101 different strategies and tips to use the first week of class
-Preparing for a Distance Education Assignment
-What is Critical Thinking?
-Large class teaching tips
-Testing and Grading

From one of the most well know names in faculty training comes another tool for adjunct and part-time faculty, whether teaching for the first semester or the fiftieth.

The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success: Surviving and Thriving in the College ClassroomThe Adjunct Professor’s Guide to Success: Surviving and Thriving in the College Classroom
Richard E. Lynons, Marcella L. Kysilka, and George E. Pawlas – 1998
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“In recent years, colleges and universities have markedly increased their employment of adjunct professors. Unfortunately, many adjunct professors enter the classroom with little or no training in teaching and classroom management techniques and suffer frustrations which are painful to both themselves and their institutions! This book provides the guidance and addresses the issues imperative to the adjunct professor. Each chapter addresses classroom survival issues with appropriate context and bulleted lists of “Do’s and Don’ts.” The perspective of “Through the Adjunct’s Eyes,” near the end of each chapter, shares common classroom successes and challenges. “Tips for Thriving,” a bulleted review of key points and suggested additional readings, concludes each chapter. The book concludes with chapters on self-evaluation and techniques for building a part-time career in academe. Anyone who is interested in how to begin their approach to teaching.”

The Adjunct Faculty Handbook, The Adjunct Faculty Handbook
Virginia E. Bianco-Mathis and Neal Chalofsky – 1996
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Colleges and universities thoughout the world are relying increasingly on part-time and adjunct faculty to meet teaching needs. Complete with checklists, sample syllabi, evaluation forms and case studies, this handbook provides administrators and full- and part-time faculty with a much-needed, practical resource for helping adjuncts teach as effectively as possible. Topics covered include: course planning, teaching strategies, cooperative learning, student evaluation and professional development.

The Adjunct Faculty Handbook The Adjunct Faculty Handbook, 2nd Edition
Lorri E. Cooper and Bryan A. Booth – 2010
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Since the First Edition of The Adjunct Faculty Handbook was published in 1996, the number of adjunct faculty members in colleges and universities has increased to the point that most of those institutions could not function efficiently without them. This Second Edition addresses changes in today’s higher education environment and their impact on the role of adjunct instructors. At a time when many adjuncts may be given little more than a start date, room number, and brief course description to prepare them for teaching a course, the Handbook provides administrators as well as part- and full-time faculty members with the resources they need to empower adjunct staff.
Key Features
Provides important tools for adjunct instructors, including handy checklists, sample syllabi, evaluation forms, and case studies
Offers a full chapter on the role of technology in teaching and learning, plus another on future trends, including network technologies
Covers the increased emphasis on student evaluations and learning outcomes assessment as well as changes in classroom dynamics and what these mean for today adjunct faculty
Addresses both theory and skill, covering topics such as course planning, teaching strategies, theories of learning, cooperative learning, student evaluations, Web 2.0, professional development, and more
Includes practical advice for designing policies for adjunct programs and for evaluating adjunct instructors, who comprise more than two-thirds of the college instructors in the United States today.

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