Orientation, Mentoring, Supervision, and Evaluation of Adjunct Faculty
- Department Chairs are responsible for coordinating the orientation, mentoring, supervision, and evaluation process for adjunct faculty. While the orientation process may differ from one department to another, depending on needs and departmental organization, the materials covered will be the same.
Adjunct faculty will be mentored through contact with the Department Chair or a designated faculty member. The mentor will provide the adjunct faculty with information related to syllabi, teaching styles, and other input that may be helpful towards a smooth operation of the departments, as well as, the college. The adjunct faculty will be under the direct supervision and responsibility of the department chair. Evaluating the adjunct's performance is a critical factor in determining whether or not an adjunct faculty member is hired for subsequent semesters.
- Mentoring can occur formally and informally. Except in unusual circumstances, adjunct faculty should be assigned to team-teach with a full-time faculty or be under the guidance of a course coordinator. During the course of that assignment, mentoring, feedback and professional development can occur. Mentoring might include evaluating the syllabi and textbooks for each course, as well as preparing for formal evaluations.
- Department Chairs are responsible for coordinating the orientation, supervision and evaluation of adjunct faculty.
- All adjunct faculty must be evaluated annually. The form(s) is available in the Chairs folder on Angel. All adjunct faculty should be observed teaching, after which they might turn in a portfolio of their class materials, grading, student evaluations, and other materials. The faculty member evaluating the adjunct’s teaching should complete an adjunct teaching evaluation form. As a professional courtesy, adjunct faculty should be told in advance of any classroom observation. Adjunct faculty are urged to complete mid-term assessments of their teaching, and to share this information with their mentors.
The department chair will formally review each adjunct annually, considering the adjuncts’ current professional or academic qualifications, teaching observation report(s) for the current year, overall performance and additional information available to the Chair.
Performance is reviewed and comments are kept on file, based on formal and informal feedback through students, discussions with faculty, student course evaluations, and mentor or other observations of faculty teaching. Adjunct faculty should be evaluated at mid-semester during their first semester teaching as well as during their first semester teaching new courses and formal annual evaluations thereafter.
- All adjunct faculty must report annually (by May 15) on the professional and scholarly activities they completed during the year. Annually, each adjunct must submit a detailed and current C.V. and / or complete the Adjunct qualification report. This should be attached to the chair’s evaluation of the Adjunct faculty member.
- All adjunct materials – including C.V., teaching observation report, and annual review should be submitted to the Associate Dean responsible for accreditation by May 30 of each year.
- The primary goal of the mentoring and evaluation process should be to integrate adjunct faculty into the larger learning community by increasing interaction between adjunct and fulltime faculty. This process should achieve coherence and continuity within the various programs in relation to course content, skills, and knowledge, and grading and evaluation of students and their work. In some cases, the process might serve to increase professional skills for adjunct faculty in teaching, preparation of syllabi, and grading, as well as to discern adjunct faculty desires, goals, and strengths and to draw on these desires and strengths at Florida Gulf Coast University.