The Adjunct Advancement program is designed to provide the opportunity for instructors to be recognized for teaching excellence and a sustained commitment to professional growth.
Opportunities to submit advancement petitions occur twice per year—June 15 and December 15 (or the first business day after the date). Adjunct faculty teaching in the summer use Spring rates; adjunct faculty teaching in the winter use Fall rates.
*Completion of Required Training for New Employees: All Howard Community College employees have been asked to complete training modules to improve organizational effectiveness and communication, and to enhance campus safety. These are available online for your convenience.
Please provide evidence of completion of the training modules and registered workshops by attaching a copy of HCC’s Individual Professional Development Record that can be obtained from HCC Express.
**Positive teaching experience: Positive evaluations by students, peer evaluators, and supervisors (as appropriate).
***Professional Growth: Adjunct faculty must contact the appropriate division chair, program director, or coordinator and provide evidence of professional growth that is consistent with the college’s definition of professional and organizational development and other appropriate educational experiences (certificates, degrees, etc.). Professional development includes, but is not limited to, participation in Faculty Development sessions, inclusion of learning technologies in instruction, changes to teaching methods, inclusion of new materials, changes to assessments of student learning, changes to teaching behaviors based on observation feedback, etc. Evidence of a minimum of 15 hours of professional development activity needs to be presented.
Adjunct instructors pursuing an advanced level are responsible for completing an Adjunct Advancement Form and documenting their professional development activities. This documentation, along with the examples of positive evaluations, should be submitted to your division chair when you wish to advance. Questions about the appropriateness of any activity should be directed to your division chair.
In response to a request for consideration of advanced level, the division chair or his or her designee will meet with the faculty to review the submitted materials and to arrange one or more teaching observations if needed. The purpose of the teaching observation is to verify mastery of the required knowledge and skills for the advanced level if these have not been previously demonstrated. The faculty member may need to or choose to demonstrate these in more than a single observation.
The review will not proceed to the teaching observation phase if the petition or documentation is incomplete. In cases where the teaching observations are inconclusive, the chair may suggest additional training and/or additional observations.
After successful completion of the applicable requirements and acquisition of desired competencies, the division chair will recommend the faculty person for advancement in level.
The division chair may and should decline the petition if there is not compelling evidence that demonstrates teaching excellence and significant training and experience in the required competencies.
The required additional 15 hours of professional development for each advancement may include in-house workshops or faculty development classes, graduate coursework, external professional development, and other professional activity directly related to faculty responsibilities.