A Trio of Handbooks for Adjunct Faculty


“I don’t want to see the file full of letters you’ve gotten from students telling you how much they liked your class. I have this same file too. Give me something instead that shows me how much they learned in your class. Give me the graded student essay that shows me how creative you are as a teacher, something that verifies that you taught them something.” (remarks of Jaima Bennett, Chairman of Speech Communications at Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, California, to audience of full-time job seekers, April 15, 2003)

by Vicki Urquhart

If you’re considering joining the ranks of, or if you already are one of the quarter of a million adjunct professors employed annually at the nation’s institutions of higher education, it simply isn’t enough to have a couple of degrees and a feeling that you’d be good at teaching adults. Sooner or later, you’ll be asked to verify that you’ve taught your students something.

So, before beginning as an adjunct professor, you’ll want to be as prepared as you possibly can be. And if you’re already in the college classroom and hoping to grasp that brass ring of full-time employment, you’ll need to distinguish

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