Adjunct professor support beyond orientation

Additional training and support after the initial orientation has ended is good practice

As leaders at some institutions have realized, it’s not enough to offer just an orientation for adjuncts. Additional training and support after the initial orientation has ended is good practice. For example, at National Louis University in Illinois, Linda Kryzak launched the Post-Training Café in March 2013 as an online forum for faculty members to support one another and share ideas.

Nine ways to improve on-boarding of adjuncts

  1. Pay adjuncts for attending the orientation session
  2. Invite adjuncts on staff to participate
  3. Allow a range of campus departments to make presentations
  4. Give campus tours
  5. Host a getting-acquainted meal
  6. Provide online sessions for convenience and review
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Subordinated and marginalized. That’s how faculty of color at community colleges are feeling.

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President of financially struggling Clarion University says she is 'willing to take a pay cut'

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Raises planned as part of Lone Star College budget

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University of Connecticut bans faculty-student relationships

Board of Trustees approved its first-ever prohibition after receiving update on investigation of alleged sexual misconduct by professor Robert Miller,a music professor now barred from campus.

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Some higher ed job listings recovering from recession

Communications, sociology listings leading the way

Job listings for Ph.D.'s in the social sciences and humanities continue to recover from low points hit during the Great Recession, says a new report from the American Sociological Association.

Listing for positions in two disciplines, sociology and communications, have even surpassed pre-Recession peaks, according to “On the Road to Recovery: Findings from the ASA 2012-2013 Job Bank Survey.”