James just used "adjunt instructor", he didn't call you "adjunt faculty", we all know the basic difference... Well I don't. I've never heard either of the terms used before (even spelled "adjunct"). Anyone care to define them for me ?
In most colleges, adjunct faculty are simply part time faculty. At Hofstra, adjunct faculty are in the union and receive partial union benefits. Associate instructors are contract employees and are not in the union. We are contracted to teach a class. When the class is done we may be contracted for additional classes or not at the discretion of the dean. The words "faculty" and "adjunct" both have special meaning in the union contract so we are not allowed to be referred to with either of those words.
Joined: Oct 06, 2002
Unions? We do not have unions or Associate Instructors. Just Full time and part timers.
I've taught at a few different places, and everyone seems to have their own legally-derived titles that are used to avoid (or embrace) some legal personnel term. At Kent State, we had "graduate faculty" and "part-time instructors," who did basically the same thing. The last CC I taught for had "adjunct lecturers," the last university just "lecturers." Even in my current job I'm called anything from "trainer" to "consultant" to "subject matter expert" to whatever. I don't put much stock in the actual title. As a matter of fact, when people ask me what I do at Inkling Research, I say I'm a systems engineer. Get a lot less junk mail that way.