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Adjunct Advancement Program

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.

LevelCompensation per Credit HourHCC Teaching ExperienceAdditional Criteria
Adjunct Instructor$845Initial Hiring*Completion of Required Training for New Employees
Senior Adjunct Instructor$897Employment at HCC equivalent to at least 18 credit hours

**Positive teaching experience

***Evidence of professional growth

Annual completion of required college training (i.e. "Access & Responsibility" and "Emergency Operations")

Master Adjunct Instructor$940Employment at HCC equivalent to at least 18 credit hours of teaching after advancement to the Senior Adjunct Instructor Level

**Positive teaching experience

***Evidence of professional growth

Annual completion of required college training (i.e. "Access & Responsibility" and "Emergency Operations")

*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.

  • College Vision, Mission, Values/Beliefs, and Strategic Initiatives
  • Access and Responsibility Training
  • Sexual Harassment Avoidance
  • HCC’s Emergency Operations Plan Training
  • Safety Regulations: General Safety

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 myHCC.

**Positive teaching experience: Positive evaluations by students, peer evaluators, and supervisors (as appropriate).

***Professional Growth: Adjunct faculty must contact the appropriate division leader 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 appropriate division leader when you wish to advance. Questions about the appropriateness of any activity should be directed to your department chair.

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