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The Importance of Adjunct Faculty

Submitted by on May 17, 2009 – 11:36 amNo Comment


All colleges and universities rely upon adjunct faculty to teach classes and courses for which full-time professors are unavailable.  The best colleges and unversities hire outstanding adjuncts who are committed to teaching and learning.  At SFCC we’re always searching for highly qualified adjuncts to fill our class offerings.  Without these dedicated professionals, we would not be able to meet the growing student demand for classes. 

The qualifications required of adjuncts vary by program and field of study.  For courses intended to transfer to universities for the completion of baccalaureate degrees, all faculty including adjuncts and full-time professors must have a master’s degree and a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the discipline they teach.  College preparatory courses require a bachelor’s degree at a minimum.  In the career and technical areas, the emphasis is on successful work experience, although academic credentials are also important. 

SFCC hires adjuncts to teach a wide variety of offerings.  The adult education programs employ a high percentage of adjunct faculty.  These part-time faculty teach adult basic and adult secondary classes leading to the G.E.D. as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  Also, apprenticeship and continuing workforce education programs mostly use adjunct faculty.  Almost all faculty teaching community education classes are part time.  Career and Technical programs leading to occupational certificates and applied science degrees are mostly taught by full-time faculty and other full-time college professional staff.  These programs use a smaller percentage of adjuncts.  The advanced and professional programs leading toward transfer to baccalaureate granting institutions use a relatively small percentage of adjuncts, although these part-time faculty are a vital part of our college.

Many part-time adjunct faculty at SFCC have full-time jobs teaching or working in the public school systems of our three counties, or working at the hospitals or in business and industry.  Some adjuncts are retired professionals who enjoy remaining involved in education, but on a part-time basis.  Retired SFCC full-time faculty, administrators, and professional staff are an important part of our adjunct faculty pool.

At SFCC, adjunct faculty are very much appreciated by students, faculty, and staff.

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