Connecting with Other Adjunct Instructors

Adjunct Social Networking with Blogs

A few weeks ago, I posted the following discussion question on the LinkedIn Group, Able Adjuncts:

Adjunct Hurdles & Pitfalls – I want to help adjunct faculty avoid the pitfalls I have observed. What helps adjuncts helps students and deans, like me. I would appreciate hearing what, in your opinion, those issues are so I can add them to my blog postings on www.adjunctassistance.com.

Angie McKinnon Carter, Adjunct Instructor at Utah Valley University, posted this response:

“I’ve enjoyed having monthly faculty meetings with the other adjuncts in my department. It helps with developing best practices in the classroom and solving problems that creep up. Plus, it provides a social connection that helps me feel connected to the school and other adjuncts. I also think it helps create good rapport with the faculty coordinators.”

Angie, your response makes perfect sense.  Sharing and developing best practices is … well … the best!  However, it is not always possible for the “professional adjunct,” with so many other time commitments, to attend regularly scheduled meetings.

Wait.  Did you say “social connection” ? If meetings don’t work, try social networking !

All you adjuncts out there, why not start your own blog to connect with the other part time instructors at your college? There are a number of free blog hosts from which to choose, and you don’t need to be a techno-geek to get started.  If you are reading this post, the skills it took to get here will serve you well.  (If you are not reading this post, just ignore my comments. 😉 )

If any of you start a Blog, let me know how it goes.  If any of you are already doing this, let me know it has been working.  If you like my Blog and want to add a link to it, that’s fine too.

© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

Posted March 19, 2010


About Dr. Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

My name is Paul Hummel, and I often introduce myself to others as a recovering engineer. If you are familiar with the Dilbert cartoons, let me simply say that I lived all of that. I started my college saga at Illinois Institute of Technology. Eventually, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. I worked for many years in industry, and during this time I did some college adjunct teaching. During my career I held several managerial positions in industry, the last as Director of Technology of a division of a Fortune 500 corporation. Then, in 1996, with minimal planning or forethought, I found myself working as a manufacturing consultant on behalf of Elgin Community College (ECC).

My career in higher education began to take shape. I fell in love with ECC and with the mission of community colleges in general. I worked fulltime and occasionally taught college courses for my institution and two other colleges. After a couple years I set a goal to move over to the “credit side of the college” and eventually become a college administrator. In 2006, having earned my doctorate in education, I achieved that goal. I was hired by Waubonsee Community College as Dean for Technology, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

I have had the great fortune of working at two excellent colleges. The insights I want to share are drawn from the various college positions I have held. At ECC, in addition to my consulting role, I coordinated non-credit professional development training programs for three years and spent four years advising students in the TRiO Student Support Services program. That position helped me understand college education from the perspective of today’s college students.

After seven years at Waubonsee, I retired April 30, 2013. I now devote my knowledge and skills to upgrading and expanding the websites I created beginning with Adjunct Assistance. I have three other websites: College Teaching Tips, Keys for College Success and Lighthouse for Learning. A lot of work lies ahead for me in terms of upgrading and expanding each of these websites, but I could not be more excited about fulfilling the vision I have for helping college instructors and their students succeed.


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