What is Space?

The Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Educators (SPACE) is a conference where part-time, adjunct, and contingent faculty can present their original scholarship in a peer-reviewed, professional setting. SPACE also provides a venue for contingent faculty members to share what they are doing in the classroom and to connect with their contingent colleagues.

Why have Space?

In the past year, public interest regarding the over 1.3 million part-time and contingent faculty teaching in U.S. higher education has rapidly increased. With this increased visibility, the rest of the world is learning what contingent faculty already knew—these “hired guns” of higher ed are every bit as serious and capable as their full-time counterparts. Institutional support for contingent faculty professional development varies widely, though. SPACE is a place where contingent faculty members are highlighted for their achievements in scholarship and teaching.

Who should come to Space?

SPACE was created to provide opportunities for contingent faculty to present at a peer-reviewed conference. We welcome submissions and attendance from part-time faculty, Full-time Limited Term faculty, adjunct faculty, sessional faculty, post-doctoral faculty, visiting faculty, etc. Whatever the title, if your position within higher education is uncertain from semester-to-semester, depends on enrollment or other institutional factors beyond your control, or is limited to a term of less than 2 years, you are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Who is organizing Space? 

Kennesaw State University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) promotes research based pedagogies that foster student academic engagement, learning, and success. CETL supports the integrated professional development of students, faculty, and administrators throughout their careers. Rooted in learning science and assessment theory, CETL cultivates a data-driven campus-wide culture of ongoing academic program enhancement.

Please visit our website: http://cetl.kennesaw.edu/

Mandy McGrew, Conference Chair

Mandy McGrew is the CETL Educational Specialist for Part-time Faculty Support and a part-time instructor of American Studies in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Kennesaw State University. Mandy earned her BA in History at KSU in 2003 and her MA in American Studies in 2011. She worked as a Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Alan LeBaron and the Maya Heritage Community Project for 2 years. Her graduate research focused on the situation of Guatemalan Maya immigrants living in Georgia and she is the co-author of the Maya Health Toolkit for Medical Providers. She began teaching part-time in the Department of First Year and Transition Studies in 2013 before moving to ISD. She has also developed and taught in several Learning Communities, including “Everybody’s a Fan!”—a learning community that focuses on fandoms and identity.

Mandy served on KSU’s Part-time Faculty Council as the representative from ISD before taking on her role as faculty fellow at CETL. In 2015, Mandy wrote a piece for Creative Loafing advocating for the positive impact that part-time faculty are making in higher education. She was also a guest on both GPBR and WABE, Atlanta’s local NPR stations, where she spoke about the issues facing adjunct faculty across the nation. Mandy is dedicated to helping part-time faculty access the resources they need and to developing a strong community at KSU and among contingent faculty everywhere.