David Layfield - 2014 FAC Representative

No PhotoE-mail: david.layfield@faculty.umuc.edu  
Division: Asia
Category: Adjunct
Program: Government, Political Science

Autobiography

I was born and raised in the city of Derby in central England. After leaving school I worked on the railways, as a trainee mechanic at a workshop in Derby, and then as a train conductor in London. After a little over five years of railway work I left and attended junior college for a year. During the 1990s I was jobless for several years and also did several short-term jobs, before finally finding a full-time college place in 1998. I gained a BA degree in politics from the Nottingham Trent University, and was then lucky enough to be selected for an MA in Political Philosophy at the University of York. After completing my MA, I gained a PhD in political science from the University of Nottingham.

As part of the PhD program I also worked as a part-time teaching assistant in politics at Nottingham University, and attended several graduate conferences around Britain. Following graduation in 2005, I came to Okinawa with my wife, who is Okinawan. I worked as an Assistant Language Teacher at Urasoe High School, in Urasoe City Okinawa, and then joined UMUC as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in November 2008. I am also an Adjunct at Okinawa International University.

My interests are mainly in academic work, I continue to research and publish in Political Science, especially critical International Political Economy and theories of global governance and finance; and international environmental policy. I still hope to become a full-time research-active academic some day, and would love to be involved in designing new course modules in International Political Economy and also in environmental politics and policy.

My wife and I have a five year old son, so in my free time I help out at home, spend time with my son, and enjoy family trips around Okinawa.

Nomination Essay

I am running for the Faculty Advisory Council because I am committed to improving conditions for Adjunct Faculty in Asia. As higher education changes throughout the world, Adjunct Faculty are taking an increasingly important role in delivering good quality teaching. Many of us are also committed to improving our own teaching as we gain experience; and to incorporating new technology and techniques in our classes. It is because of this important and growing role in teaching that Adjuncts deserve to be included in decisions about curriculum development; in developing new course modules in our specialisms and over whether modules should be deleted. From my personal experience, and interest in educational politics, I know that a new phenomenon is emerging in higher education around the world. In contrast to previous decades, many Adjunct Faculty are likely to remain Adjuncts permanently. In the light of this change, Adjuncts need some stability and security of employment and income, so raising the Adjunct teaching credit limit is important. Adjuncts also need similar access to facilities and benefits; and opportunities for personal/career development as Collegiate Faculty.

I would work to improve communication between management and Adjunct Faculty in Asia. I would also work to be open to ideas, opinions and suggestions from Adjunct Faculty throughout Asia, and would always welcome alternative views and input.