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Building upon the research and strategies recommended in The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success, Dr. Lyons leverages his subsequent workshop experiences throughout North America and focused research. The book adds new self analysis tools that enable the instructor to integrate personal strengths into course planning and delivery, provides additional course management tools, such as a model mentoring agreement and an exam development exercise. Brand new features include testimonials from 28 successful adjunct professors throughout North America, which open and close each of the book's 14 chapters, as well as a new chapter focused on infusing technology into the adjunct professor's instruction. The book includes a rich array of online support resources. Adjunct professors
1. A Current Perspective on Adjunct Teaching.
Higher Education’s Changing Environment.
A Profile of Today’s Adjunct Professors.
Your Role as an Adjunct Instructor.
2. Formulating a Master Strategy.
Grounding Your Master Strategy.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Adjunct Professors.
Managing the Mileposts of the Term.
Treating Students as Clients.
3. Today’s College Students.
Age Factors Influencing Today’s Students.
The Baby Boom Generation.
The 13th Generation.
The Millennial Generation.
Colleges Students Likely to be Marginalized.
Individual Learning Styles.
Developing a Teaching Style that Fits Students’ Learning Styles.
Fostering Students Responsibility for Achieving Learning Outcomes.
Common Problem Situations.
What Students Want from their College Instructors.
4. Strategic Course Planning.
Designing an Effective Course.
Identifying Possible Instructional Resources.
Developing Your Syllabus.
Planning Your Course Strategy.
5. Launching Your Course Effectively.
Orchestrating Positive First Impressions.
Introducing Yourself Effectively to Students.
Clarifying the Learning Objectives and Your Expectations.
Helping Students to Learn about Each Other.
Getting to Know Your Students.
Whetting Students’ Appetites for the Course Content.
Informing Students of Key Issues.
Reassuring Students about Their Decision.
Assessing Students’ Understanding of the Starting Position.
Following Up the First Week of Class.
6. Managing the Context of Your Course.
Organizing Your Course Materials.
Developing an Agenda.
Managing Your Class Time.
Managing Your Classroom Environment.
Improving Interpersonal Communications.
Special Strategies for Managing Large Classes.
Managing the First Exam or Major Assignment.
Surviving When You Are Not Prepared.
Adhering to Ethical Standards.
Dealing with Disruptive Students.
7. Instructor-Directed Learning Methods.
A Continuum of Methods.
Today’s Teaching and Learning Paradigm.
Strategic Use of Lecture.
Other Considerations for the Strategic Lecture.
Strategic Use of Video Presentations.
Strategic Use of Video Presentations.
8. Student-Driven Learning Methods.
The Contemporary View.
Strategic Teaching Using Student-Driven Methods.
Strategic Use of Classroom Discussion.
Strategic Use of Small Group Learning Strategies.
Strategic Use of Role Playing.
Strategic Use of Student Presentations.
Strategic Use of Experiential Learning.
Strategic Use of Focused Study Time.
9. Infusing Technology into Your Teaching.
Fostering Richer Learning Relationships with Students through Technology.
Organizing the Instructional Process.
Enhancing Instructional Presentations.
Course Management Software.
Leveraging the Learning Resources of the Internet.
Dealing with Technology-Facilitated Plagiarism.
Teaching Online — Whole or In-Part.
10. Managing the Examination Process.
Qualities of an Effective Examination.
Developing Effective Selected Response Items.
Developing Effective Essay Test Items.
Facilitating Student Success.
Administering the Examination.
Dealing with Student Cheating.
Reviewing Examination Results with Students.
11. Alternative Methods of Assessing Student Learning.
The Philosophy of Authentic Assessment.
Individual Learning Agreements.
12. Bringing Your Course to an Effective Conclusion.
Energizing Your Class as You Approach its End.
Supporting Your Students’ Time and Project Management Skills.
Determining Final Course Grades.
Conducting Effective Closing Class Meetings.
Submitting End-of-Term Reports.
13. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Teaching.
Institutional Approaches to Evaluating Adjunct Faculty.
Conducting Informal Student Evaluations.
Arranging Informal Assessments by Colleagues.
Videotaping a Classroom Presentation.
Gathering the Official Ratings.
Preparing for Formal Observation/Evaluation by a Discipline Leader.
Conducting Regular Self-Assessments.
14. Managing Your Adjunct Career.
Revisiting Your Master Strategy.
Building a Following among Students.
Leveraging Your Institution’s Faculty Development Resources.
Developing Mutually Beneficial Mentoring Relationships.
Avoiding Campus Political Conflicts.
Developing a Collection of Teaching and Learning Resources.
Developing Your Technological Savvy.
Developing a Teaching Portfolio.
Focusing on the Differences You Are Making.
Taking Care of Yourself.
Posted February 17, 2004
Success Stategies for Adjunct Faculty provides the busy part-timer a perfect combination of insights into today's higher education environment and practical recommendations for improving teaching effectivesness. I found the content focused on today's college students, launching a course successfully, retaining students throughout the term, integrating technology and building a teaching career especially valuable. Although, there are an array of good books on college teaching, this is the best one available for helping part-timers 'take their teaching to the next level.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.