Institutions of higher education (IHEs) are charged with instilling institutional identity among all employees and this is particularly true for smaller Christian IHEs committed to the Great Commission. Following a case study of a recently dissolved institution, this article suggests that it may be worth the investment to effectively generate institutional identity among adjunct faculty even if doing so requires additional funding or capital. In this paper the authors draw on the tenets of organizational socialization theory coupled with a prescribed curriculum as a conceptual framework designed to generate institutional identity among adjunct faculty. The authors highlight a multi-phased model for implementing a sophisticated curriculum formulated to effectively cultivate institutional identity and discuss the benefits that are associated with enhanced onboarding efforts. It is suggested that Christian IHEs consider benefitting from the recommended approach.
Tarbutton, Tanya M. and Swisher, Jill L.
"Adjunct Faculty & Institutional Identity: Toward a Model for Acculturation,"
Journal of Organizational & Educational Leadership: Vol. 9:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.gardner-webb.edu/joel/vol9/iss1/3