Jan 24, 2022  

Academic Affairs

02:04:00 Adjunct Faculty


  1. The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the responsibilities, selection, and personnel requirements of adjunct faculty at Chattanooga State Community College.
  2. Chattanooga State fully embraces the importance of adjunct faculty as part of the instructional team. These individuals must possess the equivalent credentials and qualifications of full-time faculty in compliance with all appropriate accrediting agencies.
  3. Each applicant must complete an application for employment and submit official transcripts. Department Heads and Deans will review, screen, and recommend the appointment of adjunct faculty to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Appointments will be for one semester. No appointment is official until the proper contract is completed and approved by appropriate officials.
  4. Training/Support
    1. All adjunct faculty will receive appropriate training prior to teaching. All training will be coordinated by their respective academic division and will include required training for the Learning Management System conducted by Academic Resources.
      1. All support materials needed by adjuncts will be provided by their respective academic divisions.
  5. Responsibilities
    1. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide quality instruction for student learning and maintain a positive learning environment in the classroom. The major emphasis will be on teaching and evaluating students in classrooms and laboratories.

    2. Functional Responsibilities include:

      1. Planning and teaching classes as assigned and as outlined in the course descriptions and course syllabi;

      2. Supervising the study and learning activities of students assigned;

      3. Submitting requests through the department head, program coordinator, or lead teacher for equipment, supplies, textbooks, and other instructional aids;

      4. Evaluating the academic progress of students;

      5. Demonstrating knowledge of services, regulations, and procedures as defined in the Adjunct Faculty Handbook;

      6. Submitting course grades on time and performing other administrative duties as required;

      7. Maintaining a presence in the college's Course Management System to include at a minimum contact information and a syllabus for each class taught; and

      8. Maintaining availability to students who need assistance outside of class.

  6. Selection
    1. All adjunct faculty teaching courses for college credit will have the same academic qualifications as fulltime faculty. The department head or program coordinator reviews the credentials and interviews all applicants. Adjunct faculty are selected according to these four criteria:

      1. Academic degree; proficiency in the proposed course;

      2. References;

      3. Previous experience in business, industry, or teaching; and

      4. Completed application and transcripts on file.

    2. All adjunct instructors will be employed subject to the laws of the State of Tennessee, the requirements and policies of Chattanooga State Community College.

    3. Adjunct faculty teaching assignments are dependent on sufficient enrollment in each course to be taught and/or other administrative considerations. Should the class(es) not have sufficient number of students enrolled, the class(es) may be cancelled and the adjunct teaching load will be adjusted as needed. Chattanooga State also reserves the right to transfer the class(es) to a full-time faculty member. Adjunct faculty appointments do not include any assurance, obligation, or guarantee of subsequent employment.

  7. Personnel Requirements:
    1. All adjunct faculty who teach credit courses, are required to submit to the Human Resources office at the time of initial employment:

      1. A completed Chattanooga State Employment Application

      2. A current resume

      3. Official college transcripts of all course work

      4. W4 form

      5. Employment Eligibility Form (19 Immigration Form plus documentation, preferably Driver's License and Social Security Card.)


Source: TBR Guideline P-050

Approved by Policy Review Board: 2018.04.11