You may need Adjunct Assistance if …
- you are the typical part-time instructor who has a full-time day job who rushes to his classroom after work, hopefully arriving in time to do some last minute preparations; or
- you are the “professional adjunct” with hardly a minute to spare, who teaches several courses at two or three different colleges just so she can make ends meet; or
- you are a new full-time college instructor and want to learn the basics, mainly the things that will keep you out of trouble; or
- you teach career and/or technical education courses which present their own unique challenges; or
- you feel at a loss having come to the realization that there is a lot more to this college teaching thing than you ever dreamed; or
- you are a bit scared because things aren’t going exactly right in your classroom and you don’t know where to turn.
This blog is primarily intended for college adjuncts. Why? Because part-time instructors seldom get the full extent of support and mentoring they need. Even when support is available, few have the time to take advantage of it.
This blog is also intended for new full-time faculty members who are equally busy with multiple course preps and concerned about doing the quality job that will earn them tenure.
This blog is also intended for those who oversee college adjuncts and who want to expand their own skill set for dealing with and assisting the part-time instructors with whom they work. This would include those who are new to positions such as dean, associate dean, department chair, and curriculum coordinator.
This blog emphasizes issues that are common to those who teach at two-year colleges. Community colleges and technical colleges are open enrollment institutions, and student demographics are a bit different, particularly related to college preparedness. For example, many students are at remedial levels with their math, reading and writing skills. Many instructors who confront these issues for the first time are not well prepared to deal with them.
In addition, I would like to think that a few accomplished, tenured professors might also follow this blog. The comments and advice they can share would benefit all!
If you fall into any of these categories I hope I am able to provide you with helpful information and advice.
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.
Revised May 2, 2010