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A Review of Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty

by Amy O’Loughlin

Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty by Richard E. Lyons addresses the needs of adjunct professors and provides how-to strategies to improve one’s teaching effectiveness and course management efficiency. The book targets those of you who have established your part-time teaching careers, and it is intended to be a “book you will carry in your briefcase and . . . highlight or flag content that is especially critical to your needs.”

If you have been assigned to teach a large number of students in a vast lecture hall, Lyons shows you how to make a huge room of learners seem “psychologically small.” He identifies the type of class structure that college students believe facilitates their learning. Lyons also explains how to recognize when your class may benefit from a change in your teaching style, what kinds of modifications to make, and how to put them into practice.

However, there are problems with the content of Success Strategies. Sure, there’s an occasional split infinitive, the overuse of the word “markedly” and the phrase “an array of . . . ,” an ill-defined reference to actor Denzel Washington, as well as an exaggerated scenario which involves campus housekeeping staff.

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