An Adjunct Instructor is responsible for teaching, service, and related administrative activities. This position may also include academic advising, program design, and student mentoring. The Biological and Earth Sciences include the following academics: Biology and Earth Sciences.
Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators
Teaching and Learning
Focus on the talents, interests, and future of the student by clearly communicating learning goals and how those goals are assessed, teaching course sessions in an organized way, providing time for reflection, discussion, and application of ideas or information and by making learning engaging and interesting.
Develop adaptive thinking and problem-solving skills by using examples or illustrations to explain difficult points, encourage students to question ideas or information in the subject, adjust instruction if students experience difficulties in learning, help students to understand the language and processes of the subject, and help students to think through and solve problems, either by themselves or together as a group.
Further lifelong learning by providing useful feedback on tests or completed assignments, using assessment results to provide extra help or extended learning opportunities.
Establish a positive, productive, and respectful classroom environment that is conducive to learning.
Hold all classes as scheduled and be punctual in starting and ending classes.
Enforce/respect University policies, procedures, and rules and inform the appropriate University official of any violations or inappropriate conduct by students that cannot be redressed through normal faculty intervention.
Distribute the syllabus, by the first class meeting, to each student enrolled in each course taught.
Follow the established course schedule, and when needed, provide written notice of any substantial change(s).
Require use of the course text(s) to an extent that warrants purchase.
Ensure that students receive reasonable and timely assistance with course assignments/assessments as requested.
Administer either an exam or other evaluative activity during the scheduled final exam time for every course.
Determine final grades as per the method prescribed in syllabi.
Mentoring, such as promoting volunteer opportunities, conducting research with students, providing curricular enhancements or extensions, tutoring, promoting resume-‐ building initiatives, promoting responsible citizenship inside and outside of the campus, promoting leadership opportunities, connecting students with University resources, helping students to solve problems or adapt their thinking, and promoting healthy and ethical lifestyles
Providing an unwavering example of professionalism
Complete any other requirements as requested by the dean.
Engage in scholarly activities and creative endeavors which contribute to the academic mission of the University.
Supervise laboratories, independent study activities, and off-campus learning such as practicums and internships.
Participate in shared governance assuming positions of responsibility by volunteering for University events and initiatives, participating in co-curricular activities, and recruiting.
Exhibit interpersonal effectiveness with and respect for students, colleagues, and administrators by acting as a team player and coordinating work behavior with colleagues.
Subject Matter Expertise
Design, develop and teach assigned undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars.
Job may require other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Excellent written and communication skills.
Ability to think critically and solve problems independently.
Ability to be organized and work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Blackboard, and CAMS.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office and/or classroom conditions.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Ability to communicate with others through speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Stamina to teach class as required.
Ability to stand or sit for extended time periods.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.