The recent economic down-turn and the loss of employment across the country has resulted in increased enrollment at the post-secondary level as displaced workers earnestly attempt to acquire new skills in order to obtain employment. Community Colleges are one such place displaced workers are seeking to improve their skills as evidenced by increased enrollments across the country. Legislation has also been proposed to increase their funding as a result of this enrollment.
Part-time instructors account for nearly 67% of the faculty at the community college level (Christensen, 2008) but the literature indicates this faculty often lacks the necessary curriculum development, instructional, and assessment skills to adequately address the needs of the students in general and the newly displaced adult learner in particular.
The author explores the pertinent needs of the part-time faculty and offers recommendations.