Academic Affairs

Adjuncts FAQ

Prospective Adjuncts

Who makes hiring decisions regarding adjunct faculty?
What are the qualifications for adjunct faculty?
Do I need teaching experience?
Do I need to come to campus?
What is expected of adjunct faculty?
What Learning Management System (LMS) does FHSU use?
What if I've never taught online before?
Are online classes easier to teach?
Are all online classes taught by adjuncts?
How will my department make me feel connected?
When and how are adjuncts paid?
Does FHSU offer training for adjuncts?
Does FHSU offer tech support for adjuncts?
How many classes do adjunct faculty typically teach each semester?

Current Adjuncts

How do I access my faculty email?
Why do I have two email accounts?
Can I have either of my FHSU email accounts forwarded?
Can I add my faculty email to a phone or tablet?
Where do I go for Blackboard help?
Why do I have to enter a Last Date of Attendance when a student drops?
When will I be paid?

Prospective Adjuncts FAQ  
 
Who makes hiring decisions regarding adjunct faculty?

 
Department chairs and content area experts within the appropriate department recruit and select adjunct faculty.
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What are the qualifications for adjunct faculty?
 
A Ph. D. is preferred. A master's degree is required.
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Do I need teaching experience?
 
While teaching experience is preferred, it is not necessarily required.
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Do I need to come to campus?
 
Not typically. FHSU is proud to employ faculty from all over the world. With a rich internet environment and a dedicated faculty support team, FHSU can support you, regardless of where you live.
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What is expected of adjunct faculty?
 
While particular expectations vary by department, all adjunct faculty are expected to respond to university communications (whether from students or campus personnel) within 48 hours, complete all grading in a timely manner, maintain their Blackboard Gradebooks and utilize the Tiger-IQ retention program. Also, faculty members are expected to provide their academic departments with complete contact information.
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What Learning Management System (LMS) does FHSU use?
 
FHSU uses Blackboard. The Center for Teaching and Learning Technologies (CTELT) offers trainings in Blackboard throughout the year. In addition, there are tutorials available for faculty at any time via FHSU's Atomic Learning account.
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What if I've never taught online before?
 
FHSU offers in-house training classes for new adjuncts. These classes will give you some of the basics of teaching online, as well as cover the technologies that FHSU uses most. Departments are very supportive of adjunct faculty, with experienced mentors to guide you. The university's focus on quality means that we support our faculty so that they may succeed in the classroom, whether that classroom is on-campus or online.
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Are online classes easier to teach?

 
Most faculty who have taught online actually feel teaching online is more challenging. While the online environment provides a great deal of flexibility, instructors must be very clear in all communications, quick to respond to student concerns and questions, and proficient at discussing content in an online environment.
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Are all online classes taught by adjuncts?
 
No. A number of virtual classes are taught by full-time, on-campus faculty.
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How will my department make me feel connected?
 
Each department has specific provisions for adjuncts. Some maintain a Blackboard course site as a repository of resources; others utilize Google+ or other social media as a platform for interaction and support. Some department chairs Skype their adjuncts on a regular basis. More information about departmental supports.
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When and how are adjuncts paid?
 
Pay for adjunct faculty varies depending on years of service. Adjunct pay schedules vary based on enrollment and course delivery method. For more details on payroll, contact Deborah Storer in the personnel office.
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Does FHSU offer training for adjuncts?
 
FHSU offers a wealth of training for all faculty, adjuncts included. The Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies (CTELT) offers training and support in Blackboard, DyKnow, Respondus Lockdown Browser, BioSig, Atomic Learning, NBC Learn and other technologies. In addition, CTELT provides training in pedagogical skills such as flipped classrooms, mind mapping, rubrics, and instructional design.
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 Does FHSU offer tech support for adjuncts?

 
Support for Blackboard and various teaching technologies is provided through the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies (CTELT). Support for faculty email issues is provided through the CTC.
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 How many classes do adjunct faculty typically teach each semester?

 
Adjunct teaching assignments are based on need and availability within the departments. There are adjuncts who teach only one course each fall or spring, and others who teach several courses each semester.
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Current Adjuncts FAQ
 
How do I access my faculty email?

 
In order to obtain access to FHSU email, new faculty must complete the appropriate CTC procedures.
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Why do I have two email accounts?
 
The CTC provides a Google mail account (mail.fhsu.edu) for everyone associated with FHSU. For students, this is the standard email address. For faculty and staff, this is an "extra" account. Many faculty use this account to access Google Apps, and then use these Apps within their classes. Of course, some faculty do not use their Google FHSU email account, and that is fine too. This account is, more or less, for faculty to do with as they please.
 
All faculty and staff also get a Lotus Notes email account (fhsu.edu). This is the standard communication tool used by FHSU to distribute information to FHSU faculty and staff. In addition to email, Lotus Notes provides access to a calendar, the FHSU address book, and numerous workflow applications (e.g. travel requests, Physical Plant requests, CTC requests, Change of Grade requests, etc).

For more information about faculty email, contact Mark Griffin at the CTC.
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Can I have either of my FHSU email accounts forwarded?
 
If you prefer to have all of your FHSU email come directly to your Lotus Notes email account, you can setup email forwarding on your FHSU gmail account. Directions for doing this are available. If you want your FHSU Lotus Notes email account forwarded to your FHSU gmail account, or to some other email location, please contact the CTC to have this setup. This is not recommended, as the CTC cannot assist you with problems you encounter with another provider. Additionally, Lotus Notes applications will not work properly with other email systems (including the FHSU gmail system). .
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Can I add my faculty email to a phone or tablet?
 
An option many faculty use to simplify their access, is to add Lotus Notes email account to their phones/tablets.
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Where do I go for Blackboard help?
 
Email FHSU Blackboard support or you can consult a number of brief tutorials at the Blackboard On Demand Learning Center or through your Atomic Learning account. Your Atomic Learning account can be accessed from your menu bar within Blackboard.
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Why do I have to enter a Last Date of Attendance when a student drops?
 
Federal financial aid is based partly on days of attendance. Depending on when a student drops, s/he may be held responsible for a portion of tuition and fees. Holding students accountable helps prevent financial aid fraud, protecting FHSU's financial integrity. For more information on last date of attendance concerns, contact May Schumacher in student fiscal services.
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When will I be paid?
 
Adjunct pay schedules vary based on enrollment and course delivery method. For more details on payroll, contact Deborah Storer in the personnel office.
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