User-Friendly College Teaching Advice

College Teaching Tips will undergo a makeover during the next few months making it similar in appearance to the Adjunct Assistance website. Adjunct Assistance is now easier to read; and the new, user-friendly, design helps readers find the articles they want to read. User-Friendly Advice for Teachers College instructors – current and aspiring – can now easily find exactly what they are looking for on ..... READ MORE

Characteristics of a Good College Instructor

Some people seek college teaching jobs with no clear understanding of what it will take to succeed. This is the case for many new part-time, or adjunct, faculty members. An honest self-assessment can help a would-be instructor make the right decision, one that can lead to a rewarding part-time or full-time career teaching career. In some cases, however, the right decision will be to look for other employment. Th ..... READ MORE

Community Colleges – What Are They?

They are often referred to as “junior colleges,” but there is nothing junior about them. Community Colleges offer a wide array of high quality programs. * Community College Overview J.M. Beach referred to community colleges as a GATEWAY TO OPPORTUNITY. Many people, including President Obama, agree with this descriptor. The Obama administration approved $500 million to help community colleges prepare wo ..... READ MORE

Establishing Rapport with Your Students

In March of 2010, I posted an article on Adjunct Assistance entitled Establishing Rapport with Your Students.  Recently, a reader commented that she thinks number 9 is the most important. The 10 tips are listed below.  Refer to the Adjunct Assistance article for more information. Cast your vote in the poll at the right.  What do you think is the most important thing for a college instructor to do in order to est ..... READ MORE

Tip of the Week – Student Evaluations

Student Evaluations Make sure you understand your college’s policy for executing student evaluations. Most commonly, you are required to leave the room while students fill out their evaluations. You will, most likely, be required to assign a student to oversee the process. Be sure of three things: Before you leave the classroom, you should emphasize how important your students’ feedback is to you ..... READ MORE

Four Traits of Great College Instructors

( Reprinted with permission from ) … or, how getting straight C’s puts you at the top of the class. First, my thanks go out to Mark Williams from the Illinois State Board of Education. As Division Administrator for Career Development & Preparation, Mark provided the keynote address to a large group of Career and Technical Education (CTE) professionals gathered at our college. While ..... READ MORE

Dealing with Grade Appeals

( Reprinted with permission from ) Recently, four people found Adjunct Assistance with the search phrase “advice for dealing with grade appeals,” which prompted me to write this article. The best advice I can give for dealing with grade appeals is stick to the facts. However, the grade appeal process starts long before grades are assigned. It starts by taking steps to avoid grade appea ..... READ MORE

The 3 Most Important Things to Know When Seeking a Part-time College Teaching Position

What are the three most important things to know in order to find part-time college teaching jobs? General Advice for Finding a Part-time College Teaching Job A June 2010 article entitled Part-time Employment as a College Instructor emphasized the qualifications required of a college instructor. Job postings normally state the requirements for education and experience quite clearly, but the unstated requireme ..... READ MORE

10 Terrible Mistakes College Teachers Make

( Reprinted with permission from ) Confused about how to teach? The best thing you can do is avoid mistakes. There are 10 Terrible Mistakes College Teachers Make. Learn how to avoid teaching mistakes. Most of the college instructors I have known don’t make these 10 terrible mistakes. The ones who do don’t last long. Here are 10 ways in which instructors, mainly new adjuncts, demons ..... READ MORE