11-19-2016 08:09 AM
I'm Sherri Singer from Alamance Community College in North Carolina. I've been part of the Facuty Partner's Network for two years and at Alamance I am over the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professional Development. After being an adjunct for six years early in my career, they became my passion. At Alamance I've created a program specifically for them called the Adjunct Institute.
I look forward to collaborating with each of you and hearing your great ideas.
Here's to a successful year!
11-25-2016 03:00 PM
Hi Sherri! Our faculty senate has implemented a system wide Adjunct Faculty Academy this semester. I serve on the planning committee. This has become a fascinating project and I look forward to sharing successes and roadblocks you have found in the past.
11-25-2016 03:59 PM
Michael these are questions that we pondered at the start of the program. We developed resource online and through semesterly trainings that help newly hired adjunct become aquainted with our institution. There are many guidelines that have to be addressed such as how to access email, HR resources, LMS set up, getting Identification, etc that may cause a adjunct to be frustrated so we have appointed mentors for each campus that the adjuncts can contact to help them hit the ground running. Look at it like a first year teacher mentoring program. Mentors connect adjuncts to trainings and resources necessary to making their transition successful.
11-28-2016 04:10 PM
Everything you list below makes sense in terms of adjunct training (accessing a new email account, how the LMS works, etc.), but let me throw this at you: as you may know, I'm creating videos in a blog in this community. Right now I'm calling the blog the "Efficient Professor" (but that sounds dull so I'm considering a new name). I was once a full time prof who now adjuncts on a regular basis and most of tips I share in this series came from things I actually do in order to both work full time and teach adjunct classes.
So for example, I thought that it would be great if I could have web articles read to me as I drove to school or wor..., so I discovered the process I demo in the video. Also, I use IFTTT to help me find breaking articles in my field that I can talk about in class. I discovered these tools because I wanted my drive from work to class to be producitve.
Would your adjuncts find these videos helpful....? If so, feel free to share them:
12-14-2016 07:19 AM
"Technology Tidbits" - love it. I try to get these videos in at less than 2 minutes, which is about how much time I give to other videos I see online. This requires skipping the details of a few steps, but if people like the idea (in this case of text-to-speech) then the skipped steps are easy to figure out. As an adjunct myself what I show in the videos are actual "hacks" I use to balance life and work. Hope your adjuncts like them. Any questions, thoughts, suggestions - feel free to get in touch!
12-13-2016 02:12 PM
Here's a list of what is currently available:
12-13-2016 02:09 PM
We have been at this for over a decade and it is highly successful. The best advice I can give anyone is when you are starting a program make sure it is solely for adjuncts and then keep it that way. They need their own platform to use, attend professional development and hold discussions. Anytime I've mixed full time and adjunct sessions, the full timers talk over the adjuncts. Plus the more special and geared specifically toward their needs the program it the better it runs.
12-02-2016 10:30 AM - edited 12-13-2016 01:33 PM
@SherriSinger Here's another question about your Adjunct Institute project: I recently discovered a site called Adjunt Nation. Obviously your Institute will be more focused on what Adjuncts who teach at Alamance CC, but do you plan on incorporating any of the mission/focus of Adjunct Nation (and by the way, if you know of other sites for adjuncts I'd love to check them out)?
12-13-2016 02:06 PM
I hadn't see Adjunct Nation so I'll be looking through it this next week. I have focused on encouraging professional development and offering both an inperson and online certificate option. I try to alway use best practices and back them up with research and then concrete examples. I'll let you know about the site after I spend some time with it.