If you have enjoyed teaching and/or mentoring employees and others in your profession, teaching at the college level could be an excellent way to stay active and share your hard-earned knowledge with others while generating additional income. Colleges, universities, and community colleges all have a need for part-time instructors, known as adjunct faculty. Or, if you have an idea for a course, or even an entire program of specialized studies, you can apply your entrepreneurial spirit to persuading a college to create a curriculum. Every college will have its own criteria regarding degrees and level of experience required for a particular teaching position. Many colleges also have formal mentoring programs where you could share your expertise. As a bonus, if you plan to also do consulting, being a part of a college/university is a terrific credential. Whether you’re just exploring this option or have already decided to find an adjunct position, the information on these pages will provide you with clarity and direction.
10 yes/no questions to help you determine if this is a good direction for you
Do I have a command over the subject matter I would want to teach?
Do I have the academic degree required for the course(s) I would want to teach?
Have I been noted throughout my career as someone who is good at teaching others?
Have I determined how much time I am willing to devote to being in the classroom or planning curriculum?
Am I comfortable in all delivery modes, including standing in front of a group as well as presenting virtually?
Am I prepared to accept that as an adjunct faculty member I may have little or no input into what the courses cover or how they are structured or scheduled?
Am I ok with teaching students who may have low levels of motivation?
Am I willing to invest the time required to build a course if I propose one?
Do the time constraints of being committed to teach a schedule for a full semester or more fit with my vision of retirement?
Do I have the support of family members or others who will be directly impacted by my decision?
Based on salary estimates on Indeed.com, the national average salary for an adjunct professor is $51.21 per hour.
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Here are questions and answers that address common issues and concerns for those interested in teaching at the college level.
Assess this option against the following eight criteria: