Syllabus Adjunct Clause
Hey there, Doubters!
As I promised in the last edition of On the Market, here is a sample adjunct clause that can be inserted into any syllabus for courses taught by temporary faculty.
Please keep in mind that since situations differ from school to school–and even from department to department–the following may not be universally applicable as written. Therefore, if you do decide to use it, make sure to make the necessary changes so as to accurately reflect your own situation. For that reason, and because demanding attribution seems a bit silly for something like this, I release the text of the clause below to the public domain.
Notice: This course/section is taught by adjunct (i.e. temporary or part-time) faculty. Adjunct faculty differ from permanent, full-time faculty (i.e. assistant, associate, and full professors) in a number of important respects:
- Adjunct faculty are hired on a course-by-course basis. Future employment is not guaranteed regardless of previous work history, and remains at the discretion of the administration depending on the budgetary situation.
- Adjunct faculty are paid a flat rate for each course taught. This rate is normally set by the school’s central administration and applies equally to all courses and departments. It is not tied to the workload for a given course and does not include standard full-time employment benefits, such as health coverage. Please note that some adjuncts may need to carefully manage the hours they work in order to keep their compensation above minimum wage.
- Adjunct faculty are not provided with private office space. Most adjuncts share office space with a number of other temporary faculty members. Please note that this can limit their availability outside of posted office hours.
- Many adjunct faculty work multiple jobs. Many adjunct faculty teach at multiple schools and/or work other jobs. Please note that this can limit their availability outside of posted office hours.
- Adjunct faculty have limited administrative powers. As contract employees, adjunct faculty may not normally serve as undergraduate advisors, graduate supervisors, or student advocates, and may not oversee independent research projects. They also may not usually sponsor campus clubs or other extracurricular activities.
Please note that adjuncts work very hard to keep these limitations from affecting students’ educational experiences whenever possible. In those rare circumstances where this is not possible, we ask for your understanding and support.
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