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Training and Supporting Adjunct Developmental Math Faculty to Implement Innovative
A focus on moving students through math sequences more quickly and the current move
toward math pathways has resulted in a call for new types of curriculum. Best
practices include utilizing computer modules, just-in-time remediation, contextulized
applications, and more emphasis on conceptual understanding. As many developmental and
general education math courses are taught by adjunct faculty, these initiatives have
created a need to train and support adjunct faculty to implement new types of instruction.
Based on a review of the literature, a survey of adjunct faculty, and feedback from a
pilot Faculty Learning Community, this presentation will offer a guide for developing
training and subsequent support for adjunct developmental math faculty who are called
upon to implement innovative instruction.
Barb has been adjunct developmental math faculty at Grand Rapids Community College for
6 years. She just finished her doctorate in Community College Leadership through Ferris
State University. The focus of her studies was student success and completion, with a
special focus on strategies for helping students master the math required for higher
education and life.