There are universities and colleges that have limited budgets but this do not stop them from providing quality education. They get people who can teach part time and for this they run to adjunct professors.
What is and Adjunct Professor?
An adjunct professor teaches in a school, may it be a college or university. But rather working full time, they are part time workers. This is perfect for those who don’t need a full time and those who are just starting out as professors.
Duties of an Adjunct Professor
Adjunct professors usually teach first year or introductory courses. They usually teach at several universities so that they can still have a full time schedule. Additionally, they spend time writing lectures as well grading individual students.
Facilitates and creates the structure of examinations provided to the students. From generating of the questions to the distribution of the examinations until the grading of the examination, these are well observed by an adjunct professor.
Monitors student behaviors and provide necessary action to resolve any issues. Daily checking of attendance as well as dealing with disciplinary problems which might be triggered by behavioral issues.
Provides contribution of the overall operation of the faculty. This will include guidance of students and providing assistance in any university sponsored events.
Researching of materials to improve quality of teaching methods which guarantees constant evolution and to avoid stagnation of existing materials.
Work Condition of an Adjunct Professor
Short stints are to be expected since this is part time work. Moving from one university to another can also happen if an adjunct professor wants to maintain a full time schedule.
Job security is low since it is part time work and expect benefits to be at a minimum since benefits are mainly provided to regular employees.
Encounters different types of people since they will be working short term. It is a very dynamic environment and constant movement is necessary.
Educational Requirements of an Adjunct Professor
Most universities require that candidates for the position have bachelor’s degree with the completion of a doctoral and master’s degree.
Having studied multiple disciplines will allow diversity for the candidate since they will be able to teach a wide array of subjects.
Occupation and Progress of an Adjunct Professor
Teaching part time gives full potential to adjunct professors in getting a full time position. Having taught in different universities gives them the advantage of showcasing their talents to different institutions while still getting paid.
Working part time is a plus for degree holders that would like to pursue further studies since they can work and study at the same time. This can ensure employment in the future since they have shown the type of work that they can do with the university they taught on.
Adjunct professors have the advantage of being flexible and experiencing in teaching on several institutions. They are not tied down with a single university which can diversify their teaching methods and learn from different people. Most adjuncts prefer working this way since it gives them more freedom in doing other tasks.