Proposal: Professional Development for Adjunct Instructors

The purpose of the project is to enhance institutional effectiveness by providing opportunities to promote excellence in performance and personal growth among adjunct faculty.

The adjunct instructors are a valuable, yet often overlooked resource. Improving skill and motivation can be achieved by providing a continuum of training opportunities for all adjuncts.

Professional Development Plan Objectives

Goal 1: Encourage the enhancement of competencies in instructional, organizational, and pedagogical areas. 

Objective 1: Provide training sessions to address specific topics identified in the training survey and program reviews.

Objective 2: Provide an annual orientation for new adjuncts.

Objective 3: Provide specific courses in adult learning theory.

Goal 2: Foster innovation and exploration of new ideas and strategies and enrichment of the educational process. 

Objective 1: Allocate resources for adjuncts to purchase emerging learning technology (Camtasia, WebEx, etc.)

Objective 2: Provide technology training that supports instructional and non-instructional needs as identified in the annual training survey and program reviews.

Training Areas

The following developmental areas will focus on training opportunities to accomplish the training goals.

Content Area Development is designed to build knowledge and skills within the academic discipline or professional specialty.

  • Complete approved college or university coursework
  • Publish articles, papers, and books related to the work area
  • Provide programs or workshops for faculty
  • Participate in teleconferences, webinars, or online training

Instructional Development is designed to improve pedagogical expertise, student learning, and assessment techniques.

  • Adjunct Faculty Orientation
  • Attendance at conferences, seminars, workshops, or teleconferences
  • Classroom management, teaching methods, and learning styles
  • Instructional development of curriculum
  • Teaching/Learning Technology Roundtables
  • Peer coaching, mentoring, and study groups
  • Survival skills for online teaching
  • Veterans in the classroom
  • Communication and presentation skills

Assessments and Evaluation

Training needs assessments will be conducted each year to determine the training needs and goals and when, where, and how these needs can best be met.

The training plan will be reviewed quarterly during implementation, annually as a part of the annual report, and as part of the Program Review process every five years.

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