Recruitment and Retention of Part-time Clinical Instructors
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The purpose of this project was to explore factors influencing the recruitment and retention of part-time clinical instructors at a community college in Ontario. Interviews were conducted with two project managers and four previously employed part-time clinical instructors. The focus of the analysis was to examine what attracted the clinical instructors to teaching, their journey of teaching, recruitment, and their reasons for leaving. Major themes for leaving centred on workload; student, clinical agency, and personal/professional demands; and remuneration with respect to time spent. Essential factors highlighted for retention included support and guidance to contribute to the success of the clinical instructors’ teaching experience. In the final analysis, five recommendations were proposed: 1. Provide ongoing collegial support and guidance through mentoring. 2. Decrease the instructors’ workload by reducing the number of written assignments and streamlining evaluation methods. 3. Expand the orientation time for new instructors. 4. Provide appropriate remuneration for and recognition of teaching contributions. 5. Support instructors in addressing their clinical agency concerns.