adjunct instructors

Engaging Professional Development: Best Practices for Adjunct Faculty Members

Are you looking for ways to increase adjunct faculty attendance at your professional development sessions? Are you running out of engaging topics? In this webinar, Sherri Singer provides information about best practices for designing an engaging professional development program specifically for adjunct faculty and highlights adjunct-tested and adjunct-approved topics.
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Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher: Part 1

The classrooms of the twenty-first century will include a multicultural group of students from diverse backgrounds. This creates a golden opportunity for instructors to reexamine their instructional methods and pedagogy.

Join Essie Childers, a professor at Blinn College and a Faculty Partner for Cengage Learning, in this first podcast in unfolding what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher.
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Seven Ways to Create a Warm and Inclusive Work Environment for Adjuncts

Are you excited about going to work? Do you feel connected in your department? Do you have a mentor? Does anybody in the department know your name?

In this podcast, Essie Childers, a professor at Blinn College and a Faculty Partner for Cengage Learning, will show ways to welcome and appreciate adjuncts from day one to the end of the semester.
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Podcast: TechKNOWLEDGE-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students, and You

Teaching faculty know that social media is no longer just for “liking” photos, updating Facebook timelines, and re-tweeting the latest news from higher education. In her eight-minute podcast “TECH-knowledge-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students and You,” Cengage Learning Senior Digital Educator Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, M.A., discusses how social media tools and automation can help teaching faculty keep students in the know and better engaged. She shares tips on how to work smarter—not harder—to harness the power of social media to create a community of learners and improve student outcomes.
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TechKNOWLEDGE-y for the Adjunct Coordinator: Social Media, Adjuncts, and You

What do you do when you want to connect with, want to have a sense of community among your cadre of faculty who appear on your campus only for a few hours a day – usually after 5PM – a few days a week? Your adjuncts. They mean so much to you, your students, your department, your school, and you want them to know that, but how? How do you draw them in, keep them connected, and make them a part of the community conversation when the reality of their lives on your campus does not seem to make Read More…


SOS LMS: Using Your LMS as an Adjunct Connector

Using a learning management system (LMS) is a cost-effective and inclusive way to connect with your adjunct faculty members. An LMS portal can benefit your adjunct faculty members and the college in a multitude of ways. An empty LMS shell can quickly be transformed into a communication portal, resource center, and support network for your adjunct faculty members. This webinar outlines how to use your institution’s LMS to create a support network for your adjunct faculty members.
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Making Adjuncts Part of the Family

Guest Contributor: Joey Bryant, Program Coordinator, Forsyth Technical Community College. After working in industry for many years, I came into education first as an adjunct and then as a full-time instructor. I have experienced the feeling of being “just a part-timer” and “you’re one of the family.” The feeling of family can make a tremendous difference on both your attitude and your performance. At Forsyth Technical Community College, we have fifteen to twenty-five adjuncts teaching every semester. We rely on our adjuncts and appreciate what they do for us and our students. We begin our academic year with training. This training is Read More…


Webinar: Adjuncts—Part of the Family

Colleges rely heavily on adjunct faculty members, and they need to know how important they are to colleges and their students. Without adjunct faculty members, our students will suffer.

In the recorded webinar “Adjuncts—Part of the Family,” Joey Bryant of Forsyth Technical College discusses how to make adjunct faculty members feel more like part of the “educational family” and less like part-time staff.

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Don’t Strike Out: Three Rules for Communicating with Adjuncts

Contributor: Sherri Singer, Coordinator, Adjunct Institute, and Department Head, Alamance Community College. The Adjunct Institute at Alamance Community College has been working with Adjuncts since 2005. Using our decade of experience we have developed three simple rules to guide our communication, and to ensure that Adjuncts actually read our emails. Adjuncts often have two or more jobs, and many work at multiple institutions. They may have two or more email addresses that they check each day. As coordinators who work with Adjuncts we need to tailor our emails to fit their needs and create cues that attract and keep their Read More…


APPlause for APPS! Five Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom

I love technology! I guess if I’m being completely honest, what I really love is the engagement, excitement, and interactivity that technology brings to my college classroom. I’m not talking about the bells and whistles (although that’s fun too), but the true engagement that happens when I utilize a technology that really resonates with my digitally native students, that connects them to each other, and (most importantly) helps them master course content. So, whether you are new to using technology in the classroom or an old technology-pro, here are five of my favorite apps and technologies to engage students Read More…