Adjunct Faculty Resources for Deans and Unit Heads
GVSU Adjunct Faculty
Approximately 30% of GVSU faculty are an adjunct. These employees teach roughly 50% of our courses – 68% of these courses being first-year courses. Adjunct faculty play an important role in student learning and retention – and in creating the overall culture of our university.
Supporting adjunct faculty--in terms of orientation, professional development, mentorship, adequate professional space/supplies/services, evaluation, recognition, and inclusion- is essential. Research suggests that lack of support for adjunct faculty impacts students negatively with:
- Diminished graduation and retention
- Decreased transfers from 2-4 yr. institutions
- Greater impact on early undergrads; students in intro & developmental remedial courses
- Greater difficulty with major selection and persistence.
- Lower GPAs
As you work toward understanding and supporting your adjunct faculty, you can start with this portrait of adjunct faculty workers and this excellent guide. We have also compiled other resources and readings to assist you. If you need further support, please contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 331-3498.
- Adjunct 101: Enhancing the Adjunct Faculty Orientation
- What Types of Support do Adjunct Faculty Need?
- Adjunct Faculty: Engagement and Community through Professional Development
- Sample Mentorship Program (PDF)
Recognition and Inclusion
- Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in our Department (PDF)
- Integrating Adjunct Instructional Faculty Members into the Department (PDF)
- Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty
Further Reading and Resources
Reading List for Adjunct Faculty Concerns