"I wear two hats in higher education. My first hat is pretty beaten up but still invaluable. That’s my adjunct hat. It’s a hat that I’ve dawned for some eight years and over 100 college sections. If that math seems like it’s more the speed of a full-time instructor, you might be right. Several years of part-time teaching included the adjunct shuffle wherein I scooted from college to college (4-5 per semester), stitching together a living. These included community colleges, state universities, private colleges and for-profit colleges. What can I say; I got around. Much of that ceased when I became Coordinator of Instructional Design at North Shore Community College, my second hat. I continue to teach courses because I still love teaching and also find that it aids me greatly in my role as instructional designer.
Connect With Us
In the adjunct hat, if there is one thing I would advocate to any part of the college to do in order for us to better help you is to make a concerted effort to connect with us. The research shows that connecting with someone on campus is a major predictor of completion at a college and that an instructor is one of the most common people a student is likely to connect with. Thus, it’s worth remembering that part-time faculty teach somewhere between half and two-thirds of college courses nowadays. Fostering a strong relationship with part-time faculty provides additional layers of communication and support for the students."
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