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The Adjunct Faculty Handbook

The Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Second Edition
Edited by:

May 2010 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Praise for the First Edition

"The book is very comprehensive. It gives plenty of practical examples and also refers to teaching and learning theory."—Martin Lightfoot in Management & Education

"This Handbook contains advice and approaches for teaching practices that both new and seasoned faculty can employ to revisit and revitalize what goes on in their classrooms."—Margaret E. Holt, University of Georgia

Since the First Edition of The Adjunct Faculty Handbook was published in 1996, the number of adjunct faculty members in colleges and universities has increased to the point that most of those institutions could not function efficiently without them. This Second Edition addresses changes in today's higher education environment and their impact on the role of adjunct instructors. At a time when many adjuncts may be given little more than a start date, room number, and brief course description to prepare them for teaching a course, the Handbook provides administrators as well as part- and full-time faculty members with the resources they need to empower adjunct staff.

Key Features

  • Provides important tools for adjunct instructors, including handy checklists, sample syllabi, evaluation forms, and case studies
  • Offers a full chapter on the role of technology in teaching and learning, plus another on future trends, including network technologies
  • Covers the increased emphasis on student evaluations and learning outcomes assessment as well as changes in classroom dynamics and what these mean for today's adjunct faculty
  • Addresses both theory and skill, covering topics such as course planning, teaching strategies, theories of learning, cooperative learning, student evaluations, Web 2.0, professional development, and more
  • Includes practical advice for designing policies for adjunct programs and for evaluating adjunct instructors, who comprise more than two-thirds of the college instructors in the United States today

Bryan Booth, Lorri Cooper
Lorri E. Cooper
1. Preparing to Teach: Considerations of Administration, Students, Technology, and Educational Results
University and Program Administration

Student Administration

Planning and Support

Ethics and Academic Freedom

Reflection on Teaching

Theodore E. Stone
2. Technology in Education

The Face-to-Face Teaching Experience

So What Do Students Really Want?

Setting up the Basics

Beyond the Basics

Gaining Access to the Technology-Rich Classrooms

Hybrid Classes, Web 2.0, and Online Learning

Resources for Hybrid Courses

Distance Learning and the Adjunct Faculty

A Few Words about the CMS

The Online Professor’s Multimedia Tool Kit


Cynthia H. Roman
3. Environment of Learning: Connecting with Students

Theories of Student Learning

Students’ Readiness for Learning

How Students Become Adult Learners

Reaching and Relating to Students

Dialogue in the Classroom

Questioning Skills

Learning Strategies for the Online Classroom

Establishing an Environment for Learning

Cynthia H. Roman
4. Teaching Methods: Preparation and Application
Instructional Strategies

Evaluating Learning

Developing Lessons Plans

Course Syllabus

Giving Students Feedback

Program Philosophy

Outcomes Assessment


Jodi R. Cressman
5. Professional Development of the Adjunct Faulty

Professional Development Activities for the Adjunct Faculty

Professional Development for Adjunct Faculty: Suggestions for Deans, Chairs, and Program Coordinators


Susanne Bruno Ninassi
6. Evaluation of Student Performance

Faculty Evaluation of Students

Self and Peer Evaluations

Grading Policy

Grading Issues

What is Academic Integrity

Types of Violations

Adjunct Faculty’s Role

Role of Technology in Academic Integrity


Terry D. Anderson, Vera L.B. Dolan, Bryan A. Booth
7. Future Trends: Network Technologies and Adjunct Faculty

Technology-based Communication and Implications for Adjuncts

Network Technology: Adjunct Work and Learning

Applications of the Groups/ Networks/Collectives


About the Editors
About the Contributors
Cynthia Roman
Environment of Learning: Connecting with Students
Susanne Ninassi
Evaluation of Student Performance
Terry Anderson, Vera Dolan, Bryan Booth
Future Trends
Lorri Cooper
Preparing to Teach: Considerations of Administration, Students, Technology, and Educational Results
Jodi Cressman
Professional Development for Adjunct Faculty
Cynthia Roman
Teaching Methods: Preparation and Application
Theodore Stone
Technology in Education

"The second edition of The Adjunct Faculty Handbook (the first edition appeared in 1996), is a timely, valuable reference resource in the literature of higher education. The new editors have retained the essential purpose, audience, format, and organization of the first edition while updating content to address the current climate...A helpful new feature of the second edition is inclusion of five appendices which will be useful for new teachers and all those supporting them."

Alison Downie
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Educational Developer's Caucus Resource Review

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