The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success: Surviving and Thriving in the College Classroom / Edition 1

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In recent years, colleges and universities have markedly increased their employment of adjunct professors. Unfortunately, many adjunct professors enter the classroom with little or no training in teaching and classroom management techniques and suffer frustrations which are painful to both themselves and their institutions! This book provides the guidance and addresses the issues imperative to the adjunct professor. Each chapter addresses classroom survival issues with appropriate context and bulleted lists of "Do's and Don'ts." The perspective of "Through the Adjunct's Eyes," near the end of each chapter, shares common classroom successes and challenges. "Tips for Thriving," a bulleted review of key points and suggested additional readings, concludes each chapter. The book concludes with chapters on self-evaluation and techniques for building a part-time career in academe. Anyone who is interested in how to begin their approach to teaching.

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Editorial Reviews

A general guide for new teachers containing basic teaching information offered in methods classes. Addresses such issues as class planning and management; teaching methodology and learning styles; developing, administering and analyzing exams; and general information on beginning as an adjunct. The title is somewhat misleading because this book does not include issues specific to adjunct faculty such as union concerns, lack of benefits, doing free work, teaching assignment difficulties, load limits, and the overwhelming odds against obtaining full-time positions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205287741
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/18/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard E. Lyons, Ed.D., is the Senior Consultant with Faculty Development Associates, consulting with, and providing workshops to, institutions throughout North America. He served as lead author on The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success (Allyn and Bacon, 1999) and has written or edited numerous articles for popular journals. Dr. Lyons also coordinates faculty development at Indian River Community College, where he previously served as Professor of Buisness Management, department chair, and instructional dean.

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Table of Contents



1.So You've Decided to Pursue Part-Time College Teaching.

The Changing Environment of Higher Education.

Background and Motivation of Adjunct Professors.

The Discipline Leader's Perspective.

2.Obtaining an Adjunct Teaching Position.

The Discipline Leader's Decision-Making Strategy.

Preparing for the Interview.

During the Interview.

Following Up the Interview.

3.A Self-Directed Orientation Program.

Getting Focused.

Human Resource Issues.

General Logistical Information.

Services to Support Your Teaching.

Resources for Developing Your Teaching Skills.

4.Today's Undergraduate Students.

The Big Picture.

Traditional Students.

Nontraditional Students.

Emerging Influences.

Dealing Positively with Common Problem Situations.

Learning Styles.

What Students Want from College Instructors.

5.Planning Your Course.

Designing an Effective Course.

Identifying Possible Instructional Resources.

Developing Your Syllabus.

Planning Your Course Strategy.

6.Conducting an Effective First Class Meeting.

Create a Positive First Impression.

Introduce Yourself Effectively.

Clarify the Class Goals and Expectations.

Conduct an Activity That Introduces Students to Each Other.

Learn Students' Names.

Whet Student's Appetite for the Course Material.

Reassure Students of the Value of the Course.

7.Managing the Course Environment.

Organizing Your Course Materials.

Managing Your Course Plan.

Interpersonal Communications with Students.

Managing Class Time Effectively.

Retention of Students.

Professional Practices.

Surviving When You're Not Prepared for Class.

8.Instructor-Directed Learning Methods.

Today's Teaching and Learning Paradigm.

Creating a Positive Learning Environment.

Techniques of Effective Teaching Presentations.

Video Presentations.

Guest Speakers.

9.Student-Directed Learning Methods.

The Contemporary View.

Orchestrating Effective Classroom Discussions.

Cooperative Learning.

Role Playing.

Experiential Learning.

Distance (or “Distributed”) Learning.

Field Work.

Student Presentations.

10.Developing, Administering, and Analyzing Exams.

Examination Development Strategy.

Qualities of an Effective Examination.

Developing Objective Test Items.

Effective Essay Test Questions.

Facilitating Student Success.

Administering the Examination.

Dealing Proactively with Student Cheating.

Scoring Objective Examinations.

Reviewing Results of Exams with Students.

11.Alternative Assessment.

Planning for Alternative Assessment in Your Course.

Options for Alternative Assessment.

Evaluating Alternative Assessment Activities.

Dealing with Plagiarism.

12.Bringing the Course to an Effective Conclusion.

Dealing Proactively with a Loss of Momentum.

The Challenge of Determining Grades.

Conducting Effective Closing Class Meeting.

Submitting End of Term Reports.

13.Evaluating Your Teaching.

Conducting Informal Student Evaluations.

Arranging Informal Evaluations by Colleagues.

Formal Student Ratings.

Formal Observation/Evaluation by Instructional Leader.

Self-Evaluation of Your Teaching.

14.Building Your Part-Time Teaching Career.

Revisiting Your Goals.

Developing Yourself as a Teacher.

Building Your Following among Students.

Developing Your Relationship with the Instructional Leader.

Cross-Fertilization with Your Full-Time Career.

The Future of the Adjunct Professorship.

Maximizing Your Long-Term Options.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    not worth the price

    Not as much information or techniques that you can utilize. It is harder to apply to teaching of a computer course. It is a decent title but for the price it really isn't worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    A Strategy for Success

    'The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success.' It was interesting to find that this text has the same contemporary approach that is used in business today. I have just completed an MBA program, and much of what was presented in this text mirrors what I learned during the program. This is reasurring in that it compares the academic and business environments in a similar light and reinforces that successful business practices can be applied over multiple disciplines. I noticed that many of the suggested readings are those in which I have already been exposed to during the MBA program. I will undoubtedly consider this text as an integral part of my instructor's toolkit. It is very easy to read, straight and to the point. It's methodical approach makes it very easy for the adjunct professor to understand and apply the information provided. The format and content is arranged to provide for quick reference and gives additional reading sources for a more in-depth perspective on the topics covered. The information provided also offers sound practices that can be applied at the college level, as well as any other grade level in academia. As a part-time instructor I have used this text on many an occasion and have found it helpful in developing a win-win learning environment for both the students and myself. I would most definitely recommend 'The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success' for those teachers who want to be more effective and successful at their trade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    This book is a must for any part-time instructor.

    Having reviewed several books for aspiring and new college instructors, I found The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success to be the one book that will help you most in launching your part-time teaching career. The book addresses not only the technical and logistical aspects of teaching, but the critical emotional and psychological issues that you will experience. Its contents address how to get your first teaching assignment, how to orient yourself to the college, getting the course off to a successful start, building and de-bugging exams, and how to build a long-term part-time teaching career, plus many others important to beginning instructors. Having been an adjunct instructor, I employed its strategies to obtain a full time-time position, and still use the book as a constant resource. The book is extremely reader-friendly, avoiding the 'educationese' language of other books on the market, and provides many practical, hands-on examples. This book is a must for any part-time instructor.

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