Frequently Asked Questions About Atlantic Cape Adjunct Teaching

What are the requirements for becoming a member of the adjunct faculty?

In most disciplines, a master’s degree is required. For some departments, instructors may be hired with a bachelor’s degree and/or appropriate experience. Teaching experience is helpful, but not required.

How do I apply to become an adjunct instructor?

Send a letter of inquiry and a resume to Human Resources. The letter should indicate your days and hours of availability to teach and your campus location preference from among Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House. You might also list courses you have taught or feel qualified to teach. You may also wish to express an interest in teaching short-term non-credit or Continuing Education courses and seminars.

What is the hiring process?

Human Resources will acknowledge your inquiry. The department chairperson will contact you if a suitable opening exists. If a recommendation to hire is made, you will be contacted by Human Resources.  Class scheduling and course assignments are done by the department chair.

How many classes may I teach as an adjunct instructor?

Part-time instructors can teach a maximum of nine credits per semester. Most courses are three credits and meet one or two times per week for a total of three hours.

What is the pay rate and pay schedule?

Beginning in the Fall of the 2007-2008 academic year, the rate will be $575 per credit. For senior adjunct instructors (those who apply for and are awarded promotion after four consecutive semesters of teaching) rate will be $605 per credit.

The pay schedule is monthly, with five pay dates per semester.

Is an adjunct instructor eligible for benefits?

New Jersey requires that adjuncts be enrolled in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) at the start of their third consecutive semester. If they are already a member of PERS, they will be enrolled immediately.

Adjuncts instructors who are pensionable (with three consecutive semesters) are able to join the State Health Benefits Program’s NJ PLUS plan, paying full cost of the NJ PLUS plan at the group rates. Prescription coverage is also available. Enrollment is through Atlantic Cape’s Human Resources Department, but monthly billing is directly from the Division of Pensions and Benefits.

Adjunct instructors are eligible for one credit course tuition waiver for themselves to be utilized during a semester in which they are teaching. Human Resources verifies the waiver.

Is adjunct teaching guaranteed employment?

No. All class schedules for part-time faculty are contingent upon sufficient enrollment and priority selection by full-time faculty members. Every attempt will be made to notify adjunct faculty of schedule changes/cancellations in a timely manner.

Does Atlantic Cape offer support for adjunct instructors?

The department chairperson would be your direct supervisor and the person to contact for course content questions. The Office of Adjunct Development and Faculty Administrative Support provides professional development opportunities, information on policies and procedures, and assistance with student issues, and serves as a liaison between the instructors and the chair and other areas of the college. Technology training and classroom technical support is also available.