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Adjunct Professor Job Description

The following is a sample job description for an Adjunct Professor to reference when building your resume. Assess the qualifications and requirements listed to get an understanding of what you need to include on your resume for what employers expect in this field.


Adjunct Professor is an academic position, usually adjunct positions, that involves teaching classes and conducting research. Typically, these positions are only temporary. They may also be full-time or part-time positions offered as an alternative to a more secure tenure-track position. Adjunct professors often have other jobs or businesses outside of teaching and research, which may require long hours or require them to travel frequently.

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  • Assists in the development of new curriculum, including the creation and revision of course outlines, syllabi, and assignments.
  • Developing and delivering lectures and other content
  • Maintaining a schedule of classes, times and locations for students
  • Scheduling office hours for students who need help with course work or questions about course material.
  • Provides input into the scheduling of courses and their sequencing within the curriculum.
  • -Fosters collaborations between faculty members who teach courses in different departments or programs within the College.
  • Provides support to faculty members who teach courses on campus.
  • Review homework assignments and grades with students
  • Meet with department chair and department chair’s assistant to discuss course syllabus and teaching strategies.
  • Teaches 2 or 3 courses per semester.
  • Teaches on a contract basis and may work at multiple colleges.
  • May also be required to teach developmental courses and/or summer courses.
  • May be required to perform administrative duties related to teaching as well as student advising and counseling.


  • Hold a doctorate or terminal degree in the area of instruction (e.g., education).
  • Be able to teach courses at the undergraduate level with no more than one year of teaching experience at that level.
  • Be able to teach courses at the graduate level with no more than three years of teaching experience at that level.
  • Be able to teach courses in both English and another language when appropriate.
  • Possess good organizational skills.
  • Be punctual and able to work long hours.
  • Have a desire to learn new things; have a sense of humor.
  • Enjoy helping others learn new skills or improve existing ones.

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