What is an

Adjunct Professor

An Adjunct Professor is a professor who teaches on a limited-term contract and is ineligible for tenure. Approximately 90 percent of college faculty are non-tenure-track who hold other permanent career professional positions elsewhere and are often scholar practitioners. Adjunct professors typically spend most of their time with students, and they must be flexible to fulfill several responsibilities.

Adjunct Professor refers to an educator hired on a contractual, part-time basis, often teaching introductory undergraduate or preparatory courses semester-by-semester throughout an academic year. Adjunct professors are not required to conduct research, publish papers or even attend staff meetings. Generally, to be considered for a job as adjunct professor, you need a master’s or doctoral degree, though some community colleges or technical schools hiring for these faculty positions may only require a bachelor’s degree along with relevant work experience.

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