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Working As An Adjunct Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Make Decisions

  • $113,561

    Average Salary

What Does An Adjunct Instructor Do At Oregon Health & Science University

* The appointee shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service.
* This position is under the supervision of the Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine and Chief, Emergency Services.
* The duties of this position are in support of the missions, goals and objectives of OHSU and the School of Medicine.
* This position reports to (supervisor): John Ma, MD
* The duties of this position include: Assisting with staffing the Emergency Department (including observation unit and Pediatric Emergency Services / Minor Care Clinic) and Portland Veteran’s Affair Medical Center Emergency Care Unit as assigned by the Chair; functioning as an (Emergency Medicine) observation unit attending; participation in education of medical and paramedic students, house staff and nurses; participating in Emergency Department quality assurance activities; and provision of on-line medical consultation

What Does An Adjunct Instructor Do At University of Buffalo

* Develop a full syllabus using the Course Description and Course Objectives on the Master Course Syllabus, and following the Syllabi Requirements outlined in the School’s Handbook.
* Deliver the School’s TI
* HR curriculum to help facilitate students’ skills and practice knowledge development.
* Attend (in-person or virtually) Adjunct Faculty meetings in the fall and spring semesters.
* Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
* Maintain a strong commitment to Social Work’s ethics and values, as well as the School’s mission, values, and vision.
* This is a pooled posting, and positions are filled on an as needed basis

What Does An Adjunct Instructor Do At Virginia State Government

* Adjunct faculty members are hired as instructors for summer (www.pvcc.edu/kidscollege) spring break and/or summer STEM & Arts project-based academies.
* Responsibilities include teaching courses for children and youth, rising 3rd
* th grades, during week-long, half-day workshop-style classes.
* Administrative duties include general clerical functions that include recording student class attendance, maintaining current course syllabus and providing pre- and post-evaluations to students.
* Applications will be received and considered on a continuous basis.
* Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the closing date for that semester

What Does An Adjunct Instructor Do At Sc Department of Public Safety

* Position may require day, evening, or online/hybrid courses
* The Adjunct instructor will be responsible for classroom instruction and assessment, maintaining and reporting attendance records, grading student assignments, reporting classroom records to their supervisor, and submitting grades at the end of the semester.
* The instructor will demonstrate excellence in teaching; ensure that courses are taught in accordance with the established syllabi; and maintain and improve competence in subjects taught.
* Instruction including hands on and theory, classroom management, and administrative tasks that may include reports, syllabus and lesson plan development.
* Prepare and/or maintain current course syllabi for course taught.
* Ensure that course is taught in accordance with the established syllabi.
* Recommend for approval adequate instructional materials for course.
* Recommend adequate laboratory facilities/equipment for assigned course.
* Supervision of students

What Does An Adjunct Instructor Do At Baptist Memorial Health Care

* Educates students in biology by providing instructional experiences that support mission and goals of College and/or program.
* Assesses educational outcomes and uses data to revise curriculum and instructional methodology with goal of ensuring competent entry-level practitioners and good citizens.
* Under the administrative direction of the Chair of Biomedical Sciences.
* Master’s Degree in Biology or Master’s Degree with a minimum of eighteen (18) graduate semester hours in Biology.
* Evidence of potential ability in teaching;
* Good character, mature attitude and stable personality;
* Lawson Position Code #: 20190030
* Department Name: CS GENERAL STUDIES

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How To Become An Adjunct Instructor

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.


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.


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 Instructor Career Paths

Adjunct Instructor
Adjunct Faculty Education Director
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Faculty Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
English Instructor Instructor Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Research Fellow Instructor
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Faculty Physician Staff Physician
Chief Of Service
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Managing Partner Operations Director
Director Of Business Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
English Instructor Language Instructor Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Program Manager
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Senior Technical Writer Business Analyst
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant Senior Manager
Planning Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Research Associate
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Special Educator Preschool Teacher Kindergarten Teacher
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Department Chairperson Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Adjunct Instructor Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Greek

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Hebrew

  • Dutch

  • Polish

  • Turkish

  • Vietnamese

  • Carrier

  • Ukrainian

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Real Adjunct Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Jan 01, 2016 $292,472
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Feb 14, 2014 $271,060
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Jan 01, 2014 $270,037
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $267,136
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $267,136
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Mar 01, 2016 $267,136
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $267,136
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Jan 15, 2016 $267,136
Instructor Adjunct of Architecture The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science An New York, NY Feb 14, 2013 $264,360
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Sep 03, 2013 $251,484
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Sep 04, 2013 $251,484
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Jan 16, 2014 $251,484
Adjunct Instructor New York University New York, NY Jan 27, 2014 $251,484
Adjunct Instructor The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 15, 2014 $80,850
Adjunct Instructor University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI Aug 01, 2014 $80,350
Adjunct Instructor University of St. Thomas Saint Paul, MN Jan 09, 2016 $80,016
Adjunct Instructor Center for Excellence In Higher Education, Inc. San Marcos, CA Nov 23, 2015 $78,263
Adjunct Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $77,000
Adjunct Instructor Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Feb 18, 2013 $75,445
Adjunct Instructor The Curators of The University of Missouri Saint Louis, MO Apr 01, 2015 $73,045 -
Adjunct Instructor, Financial Accounting Mid-Atlantic Christian University Inc. Kill Devil Hills, NC Aug 01, 2015 $72,461
Adjunct Instructor The Howard University Washington, DC Nov 01, 2016 $60,000
Visiting-In-Lieu of Adjunct Instructor The Florida State University San Jose, CA Aug 24, 2016 $59,960
Adjunct Instructor of Math University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 16, 2014 $58,999
Adjunct Instructor University of Antelope Valley Lancaster, CA Jan 07, 2013 $58,436
Adjunct Instructor University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jun 15, 2014 $58,019
Adjunct Instructor Bellevue University Bellevue, NE Nov 14, 2013 $57,914
Adjunct Instructor and Pharmacy Practice Resident Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Healt Boston, MA Jul 02, 2013 $57,782

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Top Skills for An Adjunct Instructor


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Top Adjunct Instructor Skills

  1. Classroom Instruction
  2. Course Curriculum
  3. Online Courses
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitate online classroom instruction for course entitled Interpersonal Communication.
  • Developed and taught course curriculum in 3d modeling and animation using 3ds MAX software, administered and managed Blackboard Instructional content.
  • Teach online courses for Certificate in Professional Writing
  • Conduct weekly class lectures for various undergraduate courses offered within the Fashion Studies program.
  • Develop course outlines and lesson plans, and manage the class including teaching and grading, etc.

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