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Questions concerning adjunct faculty, those with non-permanent, often part time, contractual positions with a university.

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Am I able to pursue a research project independently as an adjunct? What are my options?

I'm a young (early 20s) adjunct professor teaching part-time at a private college in the United States - I was very lucky to get my adjunct position! My full-time job is doing consulting and contract ...
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Do adjunct faculty members take students for projects? [closed]

Do adjunct faculty take students for research projects? I am interested in a research project from adjunct faculty. However, I am not sure if adjunct faculties would take students as regular faculties....
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The Title of Adjunct Professors in the UC System

When I was recently looking for academic positions in the US, I noticed that the actual titles of many assistant and associate professors in the University of California system are "adjunct ...
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New faculty. Already lagging on responsibilities bad. Any advice on coming back?

I'm a fourth year doctoral candidate who is ABD right now and recently got a full time position at a small liberal arts college (SLAC). So far, I'm not off to a great start. I showed up to orientation ...
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What are reasons for which a less qualified person is hired as a lecturer? [closed]

I have worked as an adjunct at my University for 12 years, and I got my PhD (in mathematics) a few years ago. My goal, after getting my PhD, was to continue being an adjunct in my University until a ...
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How to get Adjunct faculty positions in USA as a recent immigrant

I recently immigrated to the USA. I have over 20 years of experience in academia (management and faculty). I have responded to job postings that are online. How can I get my resume and cover letter ...
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Why do academics stay as adjuncts for years rather than move around?

A majority of academics (from assistant-full professors) at The Faculty of Computer Science in my university are working as adjuncts. Why do they stay as adjuncts and not move around too in the EU or ...
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Should I Serve as an Undergraduate Thesis Advisor?

I was asked by a former student if I would supervise their honors thesis. The research paper that they want to develop pertains to a paper they submitted for a class last year on a topic I specialize ...
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Faculty transition between two universities [closed]

I am moving to another university (US-Engineering) and have a few active proposals in my current institution. It seems I cannot move a part of these proposals. I was wondering if I still can use the ...
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Composition of academic faculty over time: Fixed-term/freelancer vs regular/tenured

A friend of mine, who's still in academia but not in academia-studies, asked me for help in understanding the prevalence of non-regular employment of faculty in universities over time. It's been a ...
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Can you be a part-time (research) assistant professor in the USA?

(I am new to the USA academic system, so please apologize if this is very naive.) In the USA, is it possible to have a full-time job (e.g., industry scientist) and also pursue a part-time Assistant ...
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Teaching at local community college in order to work with PI of choice

US public school physics PhD There is a PI at my institute who is amazing. She doesn't have funds for more than her 2 current students. My program is huge, and thus does not have the funds to ...
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Keeping door open to return to academia

I'm a lecturer in a good UK university with 10 years research experience (64 publications, £800k in grants, lead 3 teaching modules) and am at the end of 5 interview process for a pretty high up ...
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Should number of years of adjunct teaching experience be mentioned in a cover letter for a tenure-track position?

Job candidate has seven years of adjunct teaching experience, no full-time experience. Proposed statement in a cover letter for a tenure-track position requiring teaching experience: "I have ...
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What is the difference between "adjunct professor" and "professor emeritus"? Can the dean be an adjunct?

What I understand is, an adjunct professor is a part-time teacher a professor-emeritus is a part-time teacher who went past his full-time (tenured) period, but either the university didn't let him go,...
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How do I list my affiliation on a publication if I am only an adjunct at a different institution from where I did did the research?

I worked on a research project about a year ago while working as a full-time RA/technician and some colleagues before leaving after my contract ended. We are currently finishing a manuscript for ...
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Adjunct position at Johns Hopkins Engineering [closed]

I was reading the Notices of the AMS, and saw an advertisement for a part-time adjunct position for the "Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals" (https://ep.jhu.edu/about/teachforus/) ...
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(Paper submission) Institution vs affiliation

I'm about to submit a paper to a scientific journal. among the info required there are 1) "institution" which is mandatory and 2) " affiliation". My question is: what's the ...
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Adjunct offered and accepted a Full-time 1-year contract, then told to "disregard" by HR staff

I am having some trouble getting a straight answer from my school. At the start of Fall I was offered a 1-year Full-time (FT) Temporary position by appointment letter approved by the school President. ...
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Can I become a tenure-track prof in one dept (biology) and teach in a different dept (math) with only one PhD?

I recently defended my PhD in Neuroscience and am starting a postdoc soon. Like a lot of people who take this track, I hope to one day have my own research lab at a university. I would also like to ...
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Is it acceptable to leave an adjunct teaching position 10 days before classes begin?

I have just very recently accepted a full-time teaching position at a reputable college (hooray!). I've been employed as an adjunct the last several years with courses assigned to me generally well ...
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Is it common to contractually require that a professor works with other faculty members in their department?

My adjunct contract states that I have to work with other professors and share information with them about the work. While I'd love doing that, I find it bizarre that it is part of my contract. This ...
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Chair Offers COVID-19 Compensation... But Asks ME to Put Out a Number

The chair of my department has very generously offered to try and secure funding for some of the part-time and adjunct professors working in the department as compensation for adapting our originally ...
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Is it reasonable to ask candidates to create a profile on Google Scholar?

I was in the evaluation committee for the adjunct lecturers this year, and it was a complete nightmare. There were over thirty candidates and many of them didn't have an account on Google Scholar, ...
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How many professors are there in technical fields with no degree whatsoever?

Peter Beck has recently been appointed an Adjunct Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Auckland. As you know, Peter Beck is the founder of Rocket Lab, which has put payloads into ...
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In Love With My Field...Luke Warm About Academia [closed]

I'm currently facing an existential crisis of sorts with my choice to pursue my academic passions while navigating the demands of an academic system that I don't feel ever catered to what I wanted and ...
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How to ask rejected full-time candidates to apply to teach individual courses?

My department has a number of courses we need covered by adjuncts in the next academic year. We were given permission to hire one (and only one) salaried adjunct and to cover the rest of the courses ...
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As temporary faculty, how to deal with a colleague who, via email, questions agreements made in a meeting? [closed]

I'm on a short-term contract with a local state university. I have been teaching there as an adjunct for a while, but a full-time faculty needed to take emergency leave so I was asked to cover their ...
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Can I be an assistant professor to just "try it out"?

Currently I'm in a situation where I was originally working with an university to develop a course while being in industry, but I left the industry job. I'm not sure how to approach the conversation ...
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How to establish a presence at a community college that might lead to adjuncting

I'm an engineer with a M.S. and 20+ years of industry experience. I always wanted to teach but I left grad school for industry to help pay the bills. I have no regrets, but I do have a very strong ...
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How to advertise the grad course that you teach?

I accepted an offer to teach a graduate course at the university, as an adjunct professor. This program has a minimum threshold for number of students signed up. In other words if not enough students ...
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Is there a general rule for whether adjuncts who are regular faculty in other departments can supervise grad students?

I'm very interested in working with a specific professor, who is a full-time full professor in one department, and adjunct faculty in another. In this case he is not a part-time adjunct who only ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for a pay raise as an adjunct professor with a Master's degree?

I am currently a Ph.D. student with a Master's degree. Throughout my time in grad school, I have been an adjunct at a local university. Recently, this university has started a Master's program in my ...
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Do I mention that I was an adjunct on my CV

I am currently an adjunct professor. I'm wondering how to best label this on my CV. Specifically, should I use "Adjunct Professor", "instructor", "instructor of record", etc. as my job title? I ...
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Career Professional now working as a Professor and being pressured to publish - Where does one start?

I'm a career professional in the data science field and spent my career focused on information systems and data visualization. I recently wound up with an adjunct professor role at a local ...
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What does "Associate Faculty" mean?

What does "Associate Faculty" mean, as used for example in this job advert headlined FACULTY AND ASSOCIATE FACULTY POSITIONS and this brochure from the Perimeter Institute in Canada: In just 11 ...
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What are the important questions to ask during an interview for an adjunct lecturer position?

Preface: I apologize if this is a duplicate question; I've searched for it and I believe my situation is distinct, since the answers I found were for post-doc or tenure-track interviews. I'm ...
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Is it typical for colleges to cancel a course well into the semester? What options does an instructor have in this case?

I'm teaching as an adjunct at a community college in the US. One of the courses I'm teaching has very low enrollment. Now, several weeks into the semester, the college is considering cancelling the ...
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Adjunct to Full time position conflict

I have been an adjunct at different community colleges. I just got offered and accepted full time teaching position job (verbally) not in paper yet. The unfortunate situation is that I already ...
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A Student turned in an essay answer to a question I haven't asked yet. What to do?

A student turned in a bunch of homework assignments, poorly organized and many not labeled. One of them was on a topic for several weeks from now. The student turned in a short essay for the ...
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What to do if referees take a long time to upload their recommendation letters?

I have(am) applied(ying) for a junior faculty position (i.e. tenure track assistant professor level) at a research-intensive US university from this fall. I am planning to apply to at least 30 ...
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Temporary position in Academic Institution vs. Postdoc research after PhD [closed]

After completion of my PhD, there are two options open for me: one is temporary positions in academic institutions and other is Postdoc. I see that most of the regular faculty jobs require a minimum ...
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Is teaching for a biology program without "specialized accreditation" bad for your career?

I plan on graduating with my PhD in May and am currently job searching for academic positions for next fall. I am looking into applying to be a full-time biology faculty member at a school which is ...
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What can I do if the terms of my adjunct contract are not what I was led to believe they would be?

The situation is as follows: Once upon a time, the university where I have served as an adjunct decided to bring me on in a fixed-term role spanning a single academic year. This was to get them out ...
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Reasons for dramatic differences in pay for adjuncts?

I recently came across a survey of pay for adjunct faculty at California community colleges. It doesn't surprise me that rural schools pay less than urban ones, but there are some pretty amazing ...
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What steps can faculty and staff take to promote excellence in, and importance of, teaching?

tl;dr Faculty don't think teaching is as important as their other responsibilities; how do we change that? Long version I've been working in academia for a long time and whenever I see instructors ...
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Would it be acceptable to report a professor for poor teaching / attitude in a Masters graduate course?

I would like some advice about a specific professor in my program of study. I seriously feel that this professor has a problem teaching graduate students. On more than one instance, class was let out ...
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What are pros and cons for an adjunct professor job at a community college for an IT professional?

I've just been contacted by a friend's friend who decided I'd make a great adjunct professor at a community college, IT department, application development. Suddenly I heard myself agree to an "...
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Research on practices in addressing faculty bullying/harassment in academia

Recently, the chair of the faculty senate at my institution began an effort to systematically address issues of faculty bullying/harassment. In particular (but not exclusively), we are worried about ...
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What is an effective means to educate non-academic colleagues of the importance and time needed for Adjunct Lecturing research?

My situation is, I am an Adjunct Lecturer (Physics); however, to support myself, I work full-time as a high school teacher. Essentially, the situation is that an Adjunct Lecturer is working amongst ...
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