Have you ever wondered what an Adjunct Instructor is or what they do? If so, you’re not alone. Many students are unaware of adjunct instructors’ role in higher education. adjunct instructors are teachers who teach courses at colleges and universities but do not have tenure-track faculty positions. Let’s take a deeper dive into the role and responsibilities of adjunct instructors so you can better understand this important position.
Adjunct instructors teach college-level classes on a part-time or temporary basis. They typically work with undergraduate and/or graduate students, depending on their qualifications and experience. In addition to teaching classes, they may also be responsible for creating course materials, grading assignments, facilitating discussions, holding office hours, and providing feedback to students. Depending on the school where they work, adjunct instructors may also be required to participate in faculty meetings or other administrative tasks.
Adjunct professor workloads vary from school to school and job to job; some instructors might teach one or two classes per semester, while others might teach multiple classes each semester. Additionally, their workload may fluctuate from semester to semester as new courses are added or existing courses are canceled due to enrollment numbers or budget constraints.