Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty
by Richard E. Lyons

Written for adjunct faculty members wanting to improve their student recruitment, retention, completion rates, and other accountability indicators, as well enhance their own personal satisfaction from teaching, the book displays its table of contents below. Please note that each chapter is framed by a personal experience of a veteran adjunct professor, and each chapter closes with a Summary of Key Points, a capstone perspective submitted by a veteran adjunct instructor, and for most chapters, an Appendix with a valuable teaching and learning tool.

Chapter 1: A Current Perspective on Adjunct Teaching

  • Higher Education’s Changing Environment
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • A Profile of Today’s Adjunct Professors
  • Your Role as an Adjunct Instructor

Chapter 2: Formulating a Master Strategy

  • Grounding Your Master Strategy
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Adjunct Professors
  • Managing the Mileposts of the Term
  • Treating Students as Clients

Chapter 3: Today’s College Students

  • Age Factors Influencing Today’s Students
  • The Baby Boom Generation
  • The 13th Generation
  • The Millennial Generation
  • Colleges Students Likely to be Marginalized
  • Individual Learning Styles
  • Developing a Teaching Style that Fits Students’ Learning Styles
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Fostering Students Responsibility for Achieving Learning Outcomes
  • What Students Want from their College Instructors

Chapter 4: Strategic Course Planning

  • Designing an Effective Course
  • Identifying Possible Instructional Resources
  • Developing Your Syllabus
  • Planning Your Course Strategy

Chapter 5: Launching Your Course Effectively

  • Orchestrating Positive First Impressions
  • Introducing Yourself Effectively to Students
  • Clarifying the Learning Objectives and Your Expectations
  • Helping Students to Learn about Each Other
  • Getting to Know Your Students
  • Whetting Students’ Appetites for the Course Content
  • Informing Students of Key Issues
  • Reassuring Students about Their Decision
  • Assessing Students’ Understanding of the Starting Position
  • Following Up the First Week of Class

Chapter 6: Managing the Context of Your Course

  • Organizing Your Course Materials
  • Lesson Planning
  • Developing an Agenda
  • Managing Your Class Time
  • Managing Your Classroom Environment
  • Improving Interpersonal Communications
  • Special Strategies for Managing Large Classes
  • Managing the First Exam or Major Assignment
  • Surviving When You Are Not Prepared
  • Adhering to Ethical Standards
  • Dealing with Disruptive Students

Chapter 7: Instructor-Directed Learning Methods

  • A Continuum of Methods
  • Today’s Teaching and Learning Paradigm
  • Strategic Use of Lecture
  • Other Considerations for the Strategic Lecture
  • Strategic Use of Video Presentations
  • Strategic Use of Video Presentations

Chapter 8: Student-Driven Learning Methods

  • The Contemporary View
  • Active Learning
  • Strategic Teaching Using Student-Driven Methods
  • Strategic Use of Classroom Discussion
  • Strategic Use of Small Group Learning Strategies
  • Strategic Use of Role Playing
  • Strategic Use of Student Presentations
  • Strategic Use of Experiential Learning
  • Strategic Use of Focused Study Time

Chapter 9: Infusing Technology into Your Teaching

  • Fostering Richer Learning Relationships with Students through Technology
  • Organizing the Instructional Process
  • Enhancing Instructional Presentations
  • Course Management Software
  • Leveraging the Learning Resources of the Internet
  • Dealing with Technology-Facilitated Plagiarism
  • Teaching Online – Whole or In-Part

Chapter 10: Managing the Examination Process

  • Qualities of an Effective Examination
  • Developing Effective Selected Response Items
  • Developing Effective Essay Test Items
  • Facilitating Student Success
  • Administering the Examination
  • Dealing with Student Cheating
  • Scoring Examinations
  • Reviewing Examination Results with Students

Chapter 11: Alternative Methods of Assessing Student Learning

  • The Philosophy of Authentic Assessment
  • Performance Assessment
  • Oral Assessments
  • Writing Assessments
  • Portfolio Assessments
  • Individual Learning Agreements

Chapter 12: Bringing Your Course to an Effective Conclusion

  • Energizing Your Class as You Approach its End
  • Supporting Your Students’ Time and Project Management Skills
  • Determining Final Course Grades
  • Conducting Effective Closing Class Meetings
  • Submitting End-of-Term Reports

Chapter 13: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Teaching

  • Institutional Approaches to Evaluating Adjunct Faculty
  • Conducting Informal Student Evaluations
  • Arranging Informal Assessments by Colleagues
  • Videotaping a Classroom Presentation
  • Gathering the Official Ratings
  • Preparing for Formal Observation/Evaluation by a Discipline Leader
  • Conducting Regular Self-Assessments

Chapter 14: Managing Your Adjunct Career

  • Revisiting Your Master Strategy
  • Building a Following among Students
  • Leveraging Your Institution’s Faculty Development Resources
  • Developing Mutually Beneficial Mentoring Relationships
  • Avoiding Campus Political Conflicts
  • Developing a Collection of Teaching and Learning Resources
  • Developing Your Technological Savvy
  • Developing a Teaching Portfolio
  • Focusing on the Differences You Are Making
  • Taking Care of Yourself

Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty may be purchased online at, Barnes& and other leading booksellers. For adoption as a course text, or purchase for libraries and teaching and learning centers, please access the Allyn and Bacon website.

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