Adjunct 101: Enhancing the adjunct faculty orientation

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An email from the department chair with a building and classroom number, a schedule, a syllabus, and instructions for getting a parking permit is about all the orientation many adjuncts receive before arriving on campus to teach their first class. It’s no wonder many of them don’t assimilate into campus.

But with part-time instructors now making up about half of all U.S. higher education faculty, at some campuses administrators have decided to make the adjunct orientation more meaningful, efficient, and convenient—that is, make it more than an afterthought.