By Jorge Campos |Staff Writer|
Across all 23 campuses in the CSU system, faculty consisted of 51 percent part-time faculty during the 2013-2014 academic school year, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Part-time professors, unlike full-time ones, can be hired each semester/quarter as needed and cost considerably less.
CSUSB Communications Professor, Donna Gotch, was a part-time professor last year, and believes the students who are concerned about part-time professors not having enough time for their students are the same students who don’t put in effort to communicate with the professors.
“The communication studies department has several part-time faculty who are dedicated to teaching and dedicated to their students,” said Gotch. “All of the part-time professors in the communication department have offices and offer office hours and make a valuable contribution to all students.”
Part-time professors are usually teaching at another college, have fewer classes, and sometimes don’t even have an office, according to The Sacramento Bee.
However, that’s the professor’s choice. Part-time professors only teach a few classes because that is what the university requires, according to Gotch.
Many of the part-time faculty members at CSUs choose to take a part-time teaching job because they may already have another job but enjoy being an educator, or they may have a successful career and are able to provide students with better information in a specific field of study, according to Gotch.
“It just depends on the professor. There are many professors who work part-time and do a great job, however, there are some who have a lot on their plate and not enough time for students,” said Hector Garcia, student.
Professors who choose to teach part-time also tend to have fewer obligations in terms of their involvement with a particular school.
Full-time professors must keep up with the research done in their field of study, publish articles frequently, and take part in a committee at the school to be able to maintain their status as full-time.
While full-time professors only teach at one location and have more job security, part-time faculty is composed of a quarter-by-quarter system whenever a job is available.
“Full-time professors are better than part-time professors because I feel that I get more of their undivided attention and often times that is crucial when taking challenging courses,” said student Karla Gonzalez.
“Part-time faculty is good, but I don’t feel like I get the same attention I would get from a full-time professor. Full-time faculty go more in depth with the subject and I feel more secure knowing that they will be there for me if I ever need their help,” said Rebecca Saucedo, student.
Complaints have been made by students stating that the shift means less time for professors to be able meet with students outside of class, according to The Sacramento Bee.