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"Adjunct faculty are part-time members of a college or university teaching staff. The position is a great opportunity for those considering a career in higher education who want to try it out before taking on a full-time position. Expect to answer questions about your teaching experience, style, and ability to motivate and engage students. Specific education and experience requirements vary among institutions, so make sure you tailor your job search to your background."

Adjunct faculty Interview Questions

"Adjunct faculty are part-time members of a college or university teaching staff. The position is a great opportunity for those considering a career in higher education who want to try it out before taking on a full-time position. Expect to answer questions about your teaching experience, style, and ability to motivate and engage students. Specific education and experience requirements vary among institutions, so make sure you tailor your job search to your background."

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Stratford University
Adjunct Faculty was asked...April 4, 2014

Describe your teaching style.

2 Answers

My teaching style is similar to the tea, "Constant Comment." I teach online and I enter the classroom every day. I respond to each student's initial post and often respond to their answer to me. It is my experience that students appreciate the attention and work harder for me than they do other instructors. Less

There is no easy answer for this, but the way you answer will help determine if you are a good fit for the types of students they have and a good fit for the campus. Less

University of Washington

What was my interest in teaching this course.

1 Answers

I explained how teaching these general courses always expanded my view of my own narrow field. Now this answer wouldn't be helpful so far... the key is to explain how particular aspects of a course (that you would teach) inspire your academic pursuits. Perhaps you will find that teaching the course would be hell. Good luck, all. Less

The Art Institutes

"How would you handle a student who thought you were too young / too old to teach?"

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What they want to hear: Be so amazing (or engaging- buzzword) they forget all about age. Redirect their attention. Talk about how you relate to the youth of the day (using twitter to update assignments, prezzies, candy for showing up on time- not joking) What this means: many in the student body look for any reason to stop listening to you and start playing with their phones. Less

Post University

What is your educational philosophy?

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I'm sorry the instructor declined teaching over the issue of training. Most universities, Post included, want to have a consistent message in the classroom both in terms on content and in terms of the type and level of student engagement that best reflects the institution. At Post, instructors engage with the students a lot and are regular users of the LMS. The training is intended to help establish what Post feels is important in the classes, not the "one-sey, two-sey, Peter-Rabbit" approach to doing on-line teaching. It's more of an investment in understanding the University's approach. Sorry he (or she) felt that way. The training, by the way is only two weeks and is taught asynchronously to accommodate potential instructor's schedules. Less

At least you could pay for training. Many for-profits do.

I agree with the original poster, unpaid training from a for-profit is unacceptable. The pay rate is sub-par as it is, but that is the life of an adjunct. The training didn't help at all either, they never addressed the required follow up with academic services or how to use the grade book. There is room for a lot of improvement. Less

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Examples of type of teaching i prefer to use

2 Answers

Lecture, Socratic seminar, project-based collaboration

Collaborative, experential

Grand Canyon University

How will you keep your students engaged.

2 Answers

Group students. Breaking the class up in groups increases the likelihood that everyone will contribute to class discussion and problem solving. Poll your students about their working preference, or experiment with breaking them up in different ways. Divide the students in half, place them in small teams of three or four, or divvy them up in pairs. Less

How were you misinformed about the pay? The salary is in the description and they ask you your requirements. Did they pay you less and did you get offered a different job than the one you applied for? Less

Diablo Valley College

How would you ensure that all students are given the opportunity to succeed?

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Providing clear expectations at the outset of each course through a detailed syllabus and verbal instruction on the first day of class. Follow this up with regular monitoring and checking in with students both in person and via other forms of communication (i.e. email, on-line learning management system). Provide multiple ways of adult learning. Less

Have interviewed a number of times at DVC. Do not bother applying for faculty positions unless you attended DVC. They pretty much told me as much. Also, faculty seem very insecure so they will hire accordingly. Very cloistered and uninterested in life outside DVC. Less

Nashville State Technical Community College

Years of experience. Your teaching style.

1 Answers

With honesty and that I went out of my way to help students

Skagit Valley College

They asked me to discuss my grading philosophy/rubric.

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I explained how my rubric had clearly defined the expectations for each grade.

Hallmark University

Educational background and work background

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Explained journey from high school through masters program and minimum wage job through six figure salary jobs. Less

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