Adjunct faculty. A necessity to all college campuses, but not always welcomed with open arms.
There is a need for adjunct faculty on campus. Some adjuncts are part time who teach because they love it, they leave the hustle and bustle of their 8-5 to come and make a difference in the life of a college student. A number of adjuncts teach to scrape by and make a living, while others teach to get experience in hopes of one day becoming a full-time professor. Regardless of why they choose to be an adjunct faculty, we need them.
Working in a job that puts me in contact with adjunct faculty and full-time faculty – I can attest that both make a difference on a college campus. When standing side by side, one looks no different than the other. Both are passionate about their job and usually go the extra mile to help students. I often see adjuncts getting the short end of the stick. As a new campus, we’re still new and embracing the idea of evening and early morning classes. When I build class schedules, it’s usually the adjuncts teaching these sections. Sadly, they’ll take what they can get, and if offered an extra section – crappy time or not – they’ll take it.
Also, newly hired professors are granted release time. So even though they just started, they already get 3 units off per semester! Guess who fills up their empty sections? Adjuncts.