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Jennifer D'Alessandro : Adjunct Teaching



Jennifer D'Alessandro recommends this article. 
Adjunct faculty are members of a college faculty who do not enjoy the same compensation, benefits, and protections as full time faculty. The term “part time faculty” is often used to refer to adjunct faculty, reflecting the fact that they typically teach reduced course loads. Colleges and universities utilize adjunct faculty for a wide range of needs, although the heavy reliance on part time staffing has been criticized by some professional organizations of educators.
One of the most common reasons to hire adjunct faculty is to supplement existing staffing, or to provide temporary staffing. Colleges and universities may do this when enrollment exceeds expectations, or during the course of an expansion when more full timers cannot be afforded, but more instructors are needed to attract students. Adjunct faculty can also be present as visiting faculty members, as when an instructor at one college or university visits another institution.
Adjunct faculty members may end up teaching just as many classes as full timers, depending on how the schedule is organized. They do not have access to health care, retirement benefits, paid vacations, and other benefits provided to full timers. They also do not enjoy as many employment protections; full time faculty must eventually be tenured, while part time faculty sign contracts which may cover only a single semester at a time, meaning that their employment is not guaranteed or reliable.
Jennifer D'alessandro has years experience as an adjunct instructor. 

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