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.