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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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Appendix C: Sample Lesson Plan

Appendix D: Course Syllabus

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