Michael Eskey, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Eskey is an associate professor of criminal justice at Park University. He serves as the program coordinator of the criminal justice program with over 100 adjunct instructors teaching both online and face-to-face. Additionally, he is on half-time release as an online instructor evaluator with Park Distance Learning (PDL). Dr. Eskey has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level, both online and in the classroom. He has been teaching at the university –level since retiring from the military at the rank of colonel in 2001. Dr. Eskey received his PhD in Criminology from the Florida State University in 1982.
Presenter for the Following Session
- Recruiting, Training, Mentoring, Observing, Evaluating, and Maintaining Online Adjunct Faculty
The presentation will address the process utilized to recruit, train, mentor, observe, and retain online instructors. Like the majority of colleges and universities in the United States, Park University offers online courses. In fact, More than 80 percent of Park’s enrollments are online courses. In order to maintain sufficient, qualified faculty to teach the large number of courses has required a nationwide recruiting effort.
- Applying Critical Thinking in the Classroom: The Importance of Instructor Preparation
Research indicates that academics and students have differing perceptions of what happens in university classrooms, particularly in regard to higher order thinking, in particular, critical thinking. Higher education is challenged with encouraging students to pursue higher-order thinking and often fall short according to industry standards. The current research was directed at responses from full-time and adjunct faculty teaching either face-to-face or online mainly in the disciplines of criminal justice and political science to assess their views and application of teaching critical skills.