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Engineering Impact Report

Helping Adjunct Faculty Excel

They might not be on campus five days a week, but adjunct faculty bring valuable, real-world perspective with them into the classroom. With more than 80 adjunct faculty teaching each year, the strategic planning process identified the need for better communication to — and support for — this key group.

Beginning with the 2018–19 academic year, the School created both an orientation/training program and a new adjunct faculty work space on the first floor of Kettering Labs.

The space is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is staffed with trained student workers from 4:00–9:00 p.m. Amenities include shared work spaces, printing resources, private spaces to hold office hours and even light snacks for those coming from work.

As an adjunct faculty member teaching quantitative analysis, Cori Mowrey is a frequent user of the space.

“Knowing I have a place to come to whether I need to print handouts or just grab a mint makes me feel more connected to UD,” she said. “I especially love having a student worker available for help or just to keep me company during quieter times in the building.”

The School has also organized a mandatory workshop for new and returning adjunct faculty members that is offered on a Saturday and a Monday evening just prior to the start of the fall semester. The workshop covers updates to UD’s policies and procedures and required laboratory safety training. Breakout sessions on topics such as high impact teaching strategies and technology in the classroom are also offered. A stipend and meal are provided.

"The purpose of the workshop is to help adjunct faculty excel in the classroom, stay current on University policies and best practices and ensure they have a positive teaching experience," Margie Pinnell, associate dean for faculty and staff development, said. "We believe this is one way to build community with full-time engineering faculty and administrators."

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