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Working As An Adjunct Business Professor

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  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Make Decisions

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Adjunct Business Professor Do

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Duties

Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Work with students who are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills
  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving a series of courses
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. Some teach academic subjects, such as English or philosophy. Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.

At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments that specialize in a subject, such as history, science, business, or music. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department. For example, a mathematics professor may teach calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.

Postsecondary teachers’ duties vary with their positions in a university or college. In large colleges or universities, they may spend their time teaching, conducting research or experiments, applying for grants to fund their research, or supervising graduate teaching assistants who are teaching classes.

Postsecondary teachers who work in small colleges and universities or in community colleges often spend more time teaching classes and working with students. They may spend some time conducting research, but they do not have as much time to devote to it.

Full-time professors, particularly those who have tenure (a professor who cannot be fired without just cause), often are expected to spend more time on their research. They also may be expected to serve on more college and university committees.

Part-time professors, often known as adjunct professors, spend most of their time teaching students.

Professors may teach large classes of several hundred students (often with the help of graduate teaching assistants), smaller classes of about 40 to 50 students, seminars with just a few students, or laboratories where students practice the subject matter. They work with an increasingly varied student population as more part-time, older, and culturally diverse students are going to postsecondary schools.

Professors need to keep up with developments in their field by reading scholarly articles, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. A tenured professor must do original research, such as experiments, document analysis, or critical reviews, and publish their findings.

Some postsecondary teachers work for online universities or teach online classes. They use websites to present lessons and information, to assign and accept students’ work, and to participate in course discussions. Online professors communicate with students by email and by phone and might never meet their students in person.

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Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Adjunct Business Professor Career Paths

Adjunct Business Professor
Adjunct Professor Principal Vice President
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Director
Division Director
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Assistant Professor Chairperson
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Owner Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor, Marketing Account Executive Partner
Founding Partner
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Team Leader Chairperson
Academic Affairs Dean
12 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Program Manager Associate Director
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Senior Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Instructional Designer Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Professor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Content Developer Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Business Professor Professor Associate Dean
Campus Dean
13 Yearsyrs
Business Professor Professor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Business Professor 4.3 years
Business Teacher 4.0 years
Professor 3.9 years
Adjunct Professor 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Adjunct Business Professor
Manager 5.8%
Director 5.2%
Consultant 5.0%
President 4.9%
Owner 4.7%
Instructor 4.2%
Teacher 4.2%
Accountant 3.4%
Top Careers After Adjunct Business Professor
Consultant 7.7%
Owner 4.0%
Principal 3.2%
President 3.2%
Director 3.0%

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Top Skills for An Adjunct Business Professor

  1. Undergraduate Courses
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Online Courses
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Received exceptional reviews for energetically teaching undergraduate courses in System Management Theory, Government Contracting and Ergonomics.
  • Designed and delivered classroom curriculum and instruction through the development and knowledge of instructional design and curriculum development.
  • Developed blended and Electronic Portfolio online courses and internships in personal and career development serving all academic departments
  • Facilitate online instruction for Principles of Leadership, Organizational Development and Change, and Business Communication courses.
  • Managed to provide clearer and improved student learning processes with effective communications.

Adjunct Business Professor Demographics

Gender

Male

54.5%

Female

35.9%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.1%

French

21.1%

German

7.0%

Italian

7.0%

Japanese

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Portuguese

3.5%

Indonesian

1.8%
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Adjunct Business Professor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.1%

Nova Southeastern University

12.3%

Capella University

11.0%

Webster University

8.2%

Walden University

5.5%

Strayer University

5.5%

Northcentral University

4.1%

Liberty University

3.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.2%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%

George Washington University

2.7%

Argosy University-Phoenix

2.3%

Troy University

2.3%

California Coast University

2.3%

Colorado Technical University

2.3%

University of Miami

2.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.3%

Cardinal Stritch University

1.8%

New York University

1.8%
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Majors

Business

43.0%

Management

10.6%

Finance

8.4%

Human Resources Management

4.5%

Accounting

4.4%

Law

4.3%

Marketing

3.7%

Education

3.3%

Educational Leadership

2.7%

International Business

2.1%

Public Administration

2.0%

Project Management

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Community Organization And Advocacy

1.5%

Elementary Education

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

English

1.1%

Information Technology

1.0%

Public Relations

1.0%

Philosophy

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

64.5%

Doctorate

17.4%

Other

8.8%

Bachelors

6.3%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

0.2%

Diploma

0.1%
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