Section: 3-Faculty

Policy No: 39

Approved: 10/09/98
Revised: 04/30/12



  1. Appointment

    1. Adjunct instructors are auxiliary faculty who play a crucial role in achieving the College's academic mission. Adjunct faculty are part-time employees assigned to teaching duties by a department. Adjunct faculty are appointed on a semester-by-semester basis and are not benefit-eligible.

    2. Deans, or their designees, are responsible for adjunct appointments.

    3. Adjunct faculty must submit an application and official transcripts showing highest degree received and qualifying educational experience, and will be required to sign an adjunct contract.

  2. Supervisors

    1. Deans, working with departments, determine the professional and/or academic criteria for adjunct faculty, which may differ by department or courses taught.

    2. Adjunct faculty should, as a rule, possess the same level of education and/or credentials as are required for full-time faculty teaching similar courses.

    3. Adjunct faculty serve under the direction of department chairs or a designee, who offers or coordinates supervisory feedback, orientation, and training.

  3. Workload Maximum

    1. Typically an adjunct faculty member's workload will not exceed 10 credits in a single Fall or Spring semester. The workload of an adjunct faculty member shall not exceed 20 credits in an academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), which is less than .75 of the full-time faculty workload.

    2. The workload for summer semester shall not exceed 8 credits, which is less than .75 of the full-time faculty workload.

    3. Adjunct faculty may teach in more than one department within the total credit limits.

  4. Responsibilities

    1. Adjunct faculty are annually provided an Adjunct Handbook and are responsible for following the policies, procedures, guidelines, and directives of the College and the department.

    2. Adjunct faculty are hired as instructors of specific classes. As temporary, part-time employees, adjunct faculty will not typically be required to assume non-teaching duties such as committee membership, textbook selection, or course and program development.

    3. Adjunct faculty are required to attend mandatory College training sessions and may be required to attend department or division training.

  5. Evaluation

    1. Courses taught by adjuncts will be evaluated on the same basis and schedule as those taught by probationary faculty. Departments, divisions, and schools may institute additional evaluations, peer review, or assessment measures. See Policy 3-8. Faculty Evaluation.

  6. Class Cancellation

    1. An adjunct faculty member's classes may be cancelled for lack of enrollment, funding restrictions, or other exigency as determined by the dean.

    2. If a full-time faculty member's class is cancelled, an adjunct faculty appointment may be terminated to accommodate the workload needs of the full-time faculty member.

    3. If a class assigned to an adjunct is cancelled or reassigned to a full-time faculty member, the adjunct faculty member may receive preparation compensation according to the adjunct contract. If the cancellation or reassignment takes place after the first meeting with the class, the adjunct faculty member will be paid the adjunct hourly rate for classroom instruction actually performed in that course.

  7. Full Time Staff Employees as Adjuncts

    1. Full time staff employees of the College may receive adjunct appointments for classes taught outside the employee's regular work hours (typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

    2. Staff employees who wish to petition to teach during working hours must complete the Request to Adjunct form.

  8. Clinical Faculty

    1. Clinical faculty are instructional faculty whose primary professional expertise is in the practice context or whose primary professional responsibility is conducted in a clinical, professional, or practicum setting.

    2. Clinical faculty are auxiliary faculty paid on an hourly basis.

    3. All provisions of this policy apply to clinical faculty except that clinical faculty are restricted to the hourly equivalent of the maximum teaching load each semester.