The Ancillary Army. Freeway Flyers. Roads Scholars. Turnpike Teachers. These are some of the nicknames given to part-time college teachers. They may teach one or two courses at a single institution, or, in some cases, they may teach multiple courses at multiple institutions. Often their “office” consists of the front seat of their car, and their “desk” is a cardboard box. Their lunch is whatever they can grab at McDonald’s while zipping through traffic to their next scheduled class.
For many, the thought of teaching one or two courses in their area of specialty is most appealing. Not only does it offer an opportunity to share some basic information about a specific occupational field; so too, does it provide a chance to stay up-to-date on current trends in business, psychology, education, computer science or whatever one’s field may be. It’s also a nice way to supplement one’s income and work with a new generation of students.
But, for many adjunct instructors, often hired just before a semester begins and usually without any pedagogical training, there’s a constant question that always surfaces: What do I need to know in order to teach college students successfully?
This is a query asked by more than 700,000 adjunct professors in over 4,200 institutions of higher education – a number that represents approximately 75.5% of all college faculty.
The reason why so many adjunct instructors ask that question is because, not only do they lack a practical resource; so too, do they lack any formal pedagogical training on how to teach and evaluate college students. With that information they can have the confidence and training (often missing at most colleges) that they can be effective instructors – no matter their discipline or experience. This book is unique in that it focuses on the basic and essential elements of college instruction – providing down-to-earth answers to instructors’ often unanswered questions.
The Adjunct Professor’s Complete Guide to Teaching College marketed as an all-in-one sourcebook of practical ideas and solutions, will provide proven strategies for both novice and experienced instructors. Specific tools and techniques that enhance the learning process will be offered. A creative range of “inside information” will be offered for adjunct professors to apply in their own unique teaching situations. The Adjunct Professor’s Complete Guide offers a wealth of dynamic and useful techniques leading to instructional success.
The Adjunct Professor’s Complete Guide to Teaching College provides an illuminating look into collegiate instruction, how to actively engage students and the proven techniques that enhance learning. This book is for everyone who has ever wanted to teach a college course, but were unsure of where and how to start.
About the Author
Anthony D. Fredericks, Ed.D. is a nationally recognized educator well known for his practical teacher materials and stimulating and engaging conference presentations. A retired professor of education from York College of Pennsylvania, he is an award-winning and best-selling author of more than 150 books, including teacher resource materials (Guided Reading in Grades 3-6), children’s books (Mountain Night, Mountain Day; The Tsunami Quilt), and adult non-fiction titles (The Secret Life of Clams). His extensive background includes experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, professional storyteller, curriculum coordinator, educational consultant, and staff developer. He won the 2004 International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Award, the 2007 Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, 2008 World Storytelling Award.