The College Instructor’s Role as Classroom Manager

College Instructors Must Take Charge of the Classroom A college instructor must establish and maintain an environment that is conducive to learning.  Some students will exhibit disruptive behaviors, but these situations must be addressed promptly and decisively.  Here are some links that provide advise: A Parent Guide for Helping College Students Dealing With Difficult College Students Do Boy Scouts Make the Best ..... READ MORE

College Faculty Who Provide Academic Counseling

The Instructor’s Role in Counseling If you do the math, you soon realize that the ratio of students to counselors at your college is pretty high. Here is where the instructor can provide a valuable service, but he or she must know what to talk about, what not to talk about, and when to refer students to an academic counselor.  Know your college’s policy, and don’t overstep your bounds.  If you ..... READ MORE

The College Instructor’s Role as a Cheerleader

Cheerleader The Wikipedia definition of Cheerleading is “an intense physical activity (sometimes a competitive sport) using organized routines, usually ranging from one to three minutes, such as tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting to direct spectators of events to cheer on sports teams at games and matches.” Not all college students are motivated to come to class.  The instructor can chan ..... READ MORE

50 Roles for College Faculty – Career Counselor

Career Counselor Colleges and universities have counselors, and most of them have ready access to information about careers and career opportunities. However, few counselors know as much about those careers as instructors. No matter what an instructor teaches – English or electronics, history or horticulture, math or music – teaching faculty have much to offer their students in the way of career coun ..... READ MORE

50 Roles for College Faculty – Actor

Actor College instructors are on stage in every class.  They play to a tough and demanding audience that occasionally includes a few critics.  The reality, however, is that instructors have bad days.  They may be tired.  They may have troubling personal problems.  They may not be feeling well.  Yet, the show must go on.  They have to act the part in which they have been cast. At times instructors need to ma ..... READ MORE

50 Roles for College Faculty – Academic Counselor

Academic Counselor As a faculty member, it is important to know college rules and follow policies before you offer academic counseling advice to your students.  Don’t overstep your bounds!  However, a good instructor’s goal is student success, not just student command of subject matter, which is why many instructors also play the part-time role of counselor. Furthermore, this is a way to show your students y ..... READ MORE

50 Roles for College Faculty

Which Roles Are the Most Challenging for You? The job of a college instructor is demanding.  A successful faculty member must wear many, many hats.  Here is a list of 50 roles that  college instructor may play. The list below is provided courtesy of Adjunct Assistance. What do you think?  Which roles are the most challenging?  Perhaps you can think of a few challenging ones that are not on the list. The 50 R ..... READ MORE