Document Type



Doctor of Education (EdD)


Higher Education

First Advisor's Name

Roger Gonzalez

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Teresa Lucas

Third Advisor's Name

Thomas G. Reio, Jr.

Fourth Advisor's Name

Benjamin Baez


Professional Development, Career Technical Education, Adjunct Faculty, Workforce Education

Date of Defense



The purpose of this research was to examine the relationship between teaching readiness and teaching excellence with three variables of preparedness of adjunct professors teaching career technical education courses through student surveys using a correlational design of two statistical techniques; least-squares regression and one-way analysis of variance. That is, the research tested the relationship between teacher readiness and teacher excellence with the number of years teaching, the number of years of experience in the professional field and exposure to teaching related professional development, referred to as variables of preparedness.

The results of the research provided insight to the relationship between the variables of preparedness and student assessment of their adjunct professors. Concerning the years of teaching experience, this research found a negative inverse relationship with how students rated their professors’ teaching readiness and excellence. The research also found no relationship between years of professional experience and the students’ assessment. Lastly, the research found a significant positive relationship between the

amount of teaching related professional development taken by an adjunct professor and the students’ assessment in teaching readiness and excellence.

This research suggests that policies and practices at colleges should address the professional development needs of adjunct professors. Also, to design a model that meets the practices of inclusion for adjunct faculty and to make professional development a priority within the organization. Lastly, implement that model over time to prepare adjuncts in readiness and excellence.





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