Analysis in Brief
Medical colleges -- Faculty, Medical teaching personnel, Medical education, Part-time college teachers -- Evaluation
Despite the fact that many medical schools have increased their reliance on part-time faculty over the past several decades and that the number of part-time faculty is likely to continue to increase in the future, scant information about their experiences, satisfaction, and engagement exists in the literature. First. This report contains salient themes from focus groups with part-time faculty in academic medicine designed and conducted to provide insight into the issues that comprise workplace satisfaction for these faculty and to explore the unique concerns that they may face. In the report we first present a summary of the reasons faculty reported for being part-time. Next, we present themes about what comprises satisfaction for these faculty members. Third, we present unique challenges that these faculty members face because of their part-time status and suggestions that they have for their schools for improving the workplace for faculty in part-time employment arrangements.
Bunton, S.A., & Corrice, A.M. (2011). An exploration of part-time U.S. medical school faculty: thematic overview. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges