Adjunct Faculty Information
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The role of adjunct faculty
Official contact with the University
Preparing to teach
Support and student services
Resources for teaching and learning
What is the Role of Adjuncts at DU?
The principal role of adjuncts at DU is to teach students. Adjunct faculty
are also expected to hold office hours as part of the teaching function.
The University calls upon adjuncts in some very specific instances. Adjuncts
enrich the curriculum by teaching specialized courses in their particular
areas of expertise. They are also used when staffing shortfalls exist,
due to leave situations or when unanticipated additional courses or course
sections are needed.
Teaching ability is a key criteria for adjunct selection, along with relevant
degrees (Ph.D., Master's, or JD). Like appointed faculty, course evaluations
are used to assess adjuncts' teaching.
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Official Contact with the University
You were most likely hired by the department chair or program director
in the College, Division, or School where you will teach. This person is
your main "official" contact with DU.
The department chair or program director is the person you should ask
if you have questions about University policies, curriculum, course content,
or other questions regarding your role as an adjunct faculty member. You
should inform this person if there are any safety issues, honor
or other situations that hinder student learning and a collegial environment
- either in the classroom, or elsewhere within the University.
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Preparing to Teach
Each Division and College within the University has its own unique culture,
and specific requirements of adjunct faculty may vary. Below is a list
of questions that you may want to address to your Academic Program Director or Department Chair as you prepare to teach at DU.
Preparing for class...
- Course content - Is there a guide for the content to be taught in the
class? How much autonomy do I have with the content of the course?
- Course materials - Is the text assigned or not? How do I obtain a desk
copy of the text, download the electronic Instructor's Edition, coursepack,
or other teaching materials?
- Syllabus - Is there a guide for what I should include in the syllabus?
Does someone from the department review the syllabus or not? Are there
departmental standards or customary practices regarding student assessment
and the nature or number of assignments? Regarding student attendance?
How do I put my course syllabus online?
In the classroom...
- Class roster - How do I obtain a class roster? What are the Drop/Add periods?
Should I note or report attendance at certain times? What are the procedures
for waitlisted students, students who wish to audit, students whose names
are not on the class roster? Where will the class meet (and how will I
- Grades, evaluation, and assessment - When are grades due, and what is
the procedure for turning in grades? What is the procedure for administering
course evaluations (student assessment of the course)? Who should I
ask if I have questions about grading (e.g. policy for "Incomplete" grades)
or about assessment?
- Policies, procedures and practices - What are the policies, procedures,
and practices that I should know? Is there a policy about inviting
outside speakers to class? Regarding meeting off-campus or "field trips"?
If I drive students in my own car, am I liable? Who should I (and the University "contact" person)
talk to regarding these questions?
- Class cancellation - What is the procedure
if I need to cancel class? If the College or University decides to
cancel classes (e.g. due to weather), how will I know this?
- Student conduct - What if there are problems with student conduct in
class? What should I do if there is a violation of the Honor Code? How
do I handle a situation involving student conduct outside of class? What
do I do if someone reports discrimination or sexual harassment? What
are the limits and expectations regarding my responsibility in matters
of student conduct?
- Teaching materials - Where do I get chalk or dry-erase markers? Make
photocopies? Scantron ("bubble") sheets for scannable test
assessments? Other materials (tape, flipchart paper, markers, pens or
pencils, overhead transparencies, etc.)?
- Media equipment - How do I request media equipment (and how much
advance notice is required)? Is there someone who can help me set up
my laptop for presentations? Can I request a "smart" classroom
for a particular class meeting (and how do I do this?)
- Technology - How do I obtain and use a DU e-mail account? How do I
configure my computer to access DU e-mail when not on campus? How do
I configure my laptop for DU's wireless network?
- Telephone and office space - Is there a telephone and/or office space
available to me? Can I have a voicemail account (and how do I set this
- Academic and other support for students - How can I help students find
academic support resources at DU? What if a student needs counseling
support? What are the limits and expectations regarding my responsibiNovember 17, 2010rong>Emergencies - What should I do in case of an emergency? Where
will I find the evacuation plan for the building(s) I am in? How
do I handle a situation where someone is injured?
The answers to these questions - and to other questions that you may have
- will depend on the practices and culture of the individual Division,
College, or School that you are teaching in. Be sure to ask your department
chair or program director well in advance if you have questions or plan
something "out of the ordinary" in order to provide the truly
excellent learning experience that DU promises our students.
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Support and Student Services
Career Center, Student
Services, the central career center on campus
• Career counseling
• Job search preparation and search services
Some units at DU have their own career centers, including:
• Career Services, Graduate School of International Studies
• Center for Academic and Career Development:
Disability Services, includes:
• Learning Effectiveness Program (academic counseling, advising and tutors)
• Disability Services Program (accommodations)
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Resources for Teaching and Learning
There are several offices and organizations that support teaching, learning
and academic initiatives on campus. A partial list of these is included
below. (See the "Contact and Resources" page for more information.)
Center for Teaching and
• Faculty advisory board
• Educational technology support
• Workshops and seminars for faculty
Office of Assessment
• Faculty consultation regarding use of CATs (classroom assessment techniques)
Office of Institutional Research
• Course and teacher evaluations (including sample forms)
• Undergraduate student retention analysis and reports
• Customized scan-able forms for survey data collection and test administration
• Data analysis for survey projects
Center for Academic
and Career Development
Office of Citizenship
and Community Standards (student conduct issues)
Office of the
Counseling and Behavioral Health
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