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Sixty-one adjunct professors teach at university

There are 68 full-time professors that work at the university.

Graph by Courtney Olson
Graph by Courtney Olson

Updated at 4:23 p.m. Feb. 26. The original story made it seem like only 68 professors taught at the university. The Huntingtonian staff has corrected the error.

There are a total of 124 professors teaching at the university. Sixty-three are  full-time professors, and the other 61 are considered adjunct professors – they are hired by the university but do not teach full-time. There are adjuncts in multiple departments such as nursing, science, math and English.

Stephen Park, adjunct professor of biology, has been an adjunct at the university for eight years and feels that being an adjunct is “tremendously rewarding.” Park said that if he were not an adjunct, his family would not have additional opportunities such as going to theater productions or watching athletic competitions.

“I cherish the relationships that I’ve developed with faculty, staff and students over the years,” he said.

Park has a full-time job as a middle school science teacher and says that he did not take the adjunct job for the additional income but to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Adjuncts are typically paid around $750 per credit hour for the traditional undergraduate program, Julie Hendryx, senior director of human resources and operation, said.

“I have a passion for both Christ and sciences,” he said. “As an adjunct professor, I have the opportunity to make a positive influence on students and share my employment for learning biology.”

Though the science department has its fair share of adjunct professors, the newly launched criminal justice program is also working with adjuncts, such as Michel Peterson.

Peterson has 20 years of law enforcement experience and taught at Indiana Tech for four years before coming to the university. He currently has courses such as criminology, introduction to criminal justice, juvenile delinquency and introduction to corrections. He is planning on continuing to teach at the university this fall.

“I like the campus, I like the students, I like the base foundation to all the degrees here,” Peterson said.

Sophomore Sydney Walker said her learning experience is still the same despite her criminal justice classes are being taught by an adjunct.

“I think they are easy to reach and there’s no difference between them and a professor,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

3 comments on “Sixty-one adjunct professors teach at university

  1. Wait, according to the first line of this there are only 7 full-time professors at the university. That can’t be right…

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  2. EDITOR’S NOTE
    We have corrected the error first noticed by Ryan S. In the first line, we incorrectly worded the sentence and made it sound like 68 total professors (full time and part time) were employed at the university. We have corrected the sentence to say “There are a total of 124 professors teaching at the university. Sixty-three are full-time professors, and the other 61 are considered ‘adjunct professors.'”
    Thank you to Ryan S. for pointing this out. We apologize for the error.

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  3. Brad Barber

    I think adjunct professors to a certain extent can be very helpful. For example, at the university I am currently attending, one of the adjuncts is the current attorney for the Netherlands when the country is sued for human rights violations. The sort of things he can teach us would not be available from a full-time professor, because you cannot be a full-time professor and fll time attorney for the Netherlands. Similarily, if a sudden need for a professor arises (i.e. maternity leave) or an experimental course is being tried out, an adjunct makes a lot of sense for the university.

    However, relying on adjuncts so that required courses can be taught every year is not a proper system. Not only is it unfair to the adjunct professors to be paid so low for the work that they do, but it can also be a detriment to students. If an adjunct professor is overworked because he/she has another full time job or is teaching 4-5 courses per semester so the compensation is adequate, then the student can suffer as well. The only guaranteed benefactor in this heavy reliance on adjuncts is the university, who gets labor for much cheaper than full-time professors.

    Providing more full-time professors can only benefit everyone in the process, and should be a focus of the university.

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