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10 Tips for New Adjuncts

You finally convinced the finance department to allow you to teach technical analysis. You will either be a guest lecturer or an adjunct lecturer or adjunct professor.

You haven’t been in a college classroom in 20 years, much less in front of one. But now you’re a first-time adjunct instructor looking at 20 or 40 or 80 students in the lecture hall. The first day can be daunting and the thought of an entire semester intimidating. Here at ten tips for new adjuncts that cover many of the things you need to know, and a few you probably have not even considered yet.

  1. Join your local union on campus. Your union keeps you informed of rights, benefits, and issues affecting your job.
  2. Read your job contract, your union’s contract with administration and any college policies or procedures given to you. This is the best way to know your rights as an instructor and your student’s rights in the classroom.
  3. Do attend any social functions hosted by your union or department to welcome new members. Be sure to introduce yourself to the local president too – if not in person then at least in e-mail.
  4. Visit your classroom before classes start and make sure you can access the room, computers and supplies such as copy paper and markers. Know how to contact police, security and IT support at all times. Develop a very complete course outline that spells out your expectations of your students.
  5. Sign up for your campus e-mail system and check it daily. Be sure to tell your students what is proper e-mail etiquette. Many campus computer networks block e-mail from other systems, so campus e-mail may be the only way to communicate with students or catch announcement and news. If your school uses BlackBoard be sure to get lessons on it and learn to make full use of it.
  6. Introduce yourself to your department’s support staff, even if you teach at night. These colleagues can help you with a range of issues.
  7. Adjuncts often have full access to campus services, ranging from the ability to create a faculty Web page to taking courses for free or at a reduced cost. Find out what you are entitled to and learn how you can access these perks. There will probably be art exhibits, concerts, plays and sporting events – consider going to some of them and encourage your students to get involved.
  8. You may be eligible for grants, reimbursements, conferences or other professional development opportunities. Don’t assume that you don’t qualify because you teach part time. It costs you nothing to ask.
  9. If your campus has a notification system for class cancellations, weather alerts or emergencies, sign up for it.
  10. Know when to get help with a student. Your job is to teach. Ask your department, an adviser or the dean’s office for help with all but routine problems.

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