The Intersections of Labor Constraints and Professional Development in Hybrid Contingent Faculty Experiences
Published in Academic Labor: Research and Artistry Volume 6
Abstract: Faculty teaching during COVID-19 have been asked to adapt to a wide range of instructional modalities that have often increased the labor they experience without commensurate compensation. Hybrid courses, which were already popular pre-pandemic, have become even more common as schools and universities have rushed to adapt instruction to students’ needs. This article reports on interviews with faculty teaching hybrid courses to investigate their perceptions of the labor involved in teaching in this instructional modality, drawing connections to the labor many faculty are experiencing as they adapt to hybrid or other, similar instructional modalities. It then argues that targeted professional development activities are needed to support faculty teaching hybrid courses in particular, but that offering such opportunities are complicated by the amount of labor faculty teaching hybrid courses often already perform.
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