Questions tagged [adjunct-faculty]

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

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Why is it that adjunct faculty positions pay so little?

There's been a series of articles recently [1,2,3,4,5] that basically decry the dismal working conditions of adjunct faculty. I would like to ask: Why do these positions pay so little? Is it because ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Studies on lost teaching hours due to USA Affordable Care Act?

In the USA, the Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide health care to employees working above 30 hours. Some employers to save on costs have either cut full-time employees hours to part-...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Advice: How to prepare myself for Adjunct Teaching

I will be receiving my Masters Degree in MIS this summer. I have a bachelors in Computer Science. I also have 3 years professional working experience. I am interested in teaching as an adjunct at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Teaching demonstration: Computer Science [duplicate]

I have an interview coming up as an adjunct faculty for computer science. I am required to do a teaching demo for the interview. What is the best way to show the faculty my teaching style? I am using ...
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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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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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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 ...