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Pedagogical/Teaching Support for Adjuncts!


As I sit in my bed, cozy and warm, looking out the window at the terribleness that is ensuing (in fact, even when I close my eyes I know what’s going on because of the whipping and swirling winds and the ice pelting my windowpane) I think to myself, jeez what fortune to teach on Monday and Wednesday… (though, wisely remembering that over the past two weeks the snow and ice storms have clobbered us on either a Monday and Wednesday..).   I wish all who are traveling today safety and warmth!


In other news, I wanted to draw attention to the lack of pedagogical assistance and support adjuncts currently receive and to share an upcoming event and resource that attempts to address this issue.

Many of us adjuncts are put in classrooms without any prior teaching experience – myself included – and are expected to ‘figure it out’ (I presume due to the lack of guidance).  Many of us do a good job because we care and we want our students to learn, and because we simply enjoy teaching, but guidance, I’m sure, would be well-received, and would make our classes even better!  On this note, I wanted to share an upcoming “one-day intensive pedagogy workshop” that has been designed by “a group of former public school teachers, experienced graduate student adjuncts, and concerned full-time faculty” under the group name, Purposeful Pedagogy.  While this workshop is only open to CUNY Graduate Center students, this provides an example of something that would be useful to all adjuncts – and perhaps to early career professors as well.  Additionally, whether such future initiatives should be directed toward specific campuses or not is debatable.  I’ve included the itinerary for the day below, but would encourage you to check out their webpage.  On the page they have a link to the pdf of the binder they’ll be distributing to workshop participants and are planning to continue building the site out as a future resource for adjuncts to share syllabi, lessons, assignments and more!  Enjoy!

Over and out,



When: Friday, February 22nd 9:30 AM

Where: Graduate Center Sociology Lounge, Room 6112

Schedule of Events:

9:30am-10:00am: Breakfast and Registration

10:00am-10:30am: Introduction to teaching at CUNY schools

10:30am-12:00pm: First Session: Creating Syllabi and Lesson Plans

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm: Second Session: Implementing Lessons: Students Engagement, Activities, and Assessments

2:45pm-4:15pm: Third Session: Concurrent Sessions

A) Professional Development of the “Self”: Time Management and Preparing to teach Challenging Issues (like LGBT, Race, etc.) as an Activist (or Not)

B) Building a Community in the Classroom: Classroom Management and Promoting Equity in the Classroom

4:20pm-4:30pm: Closing Remarks


If you would like to participate in the Workshop, please register at the link below. The workshop is free of charge and doctoral students with all levels of experience are encouraged to come.



Friday, March 15th 11am-1pm in TBD “Using Assessment to Support Diverse Students’ Learning”

Friday, April 12th 11am-1pm in TBD “Helping Students Learn How to do Library Research”

Friday, April 19th 11am-1pm in Sociology Lounge “Writing across curriculum”

Friday, May 3rd 11am-1pm in Sociology Lounge “Reflecting and Revising: Making Course Adjustments”

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5 comments to Pedagogical/Teaching Support for Adjuncts!

  • I would love to urge you to attend this if you haven’t yet–I went last year and it was really helpful. I also really appreciated being around others who were in my same boat, teaching and working on a grad program at the same time. Thank you for sharing, Kristen!

  • Kristen–

    The binder is an amazing resource of ideas and strategies IN ONE PLACE that can be used throughout the semester by new and veteran adjuncts. Strategies like Think-Pair-Share and Jigsaw are especially effective with college and graduate level students. K-12 teachers have long been using these and other techniques to have students share recently acquired and prior knowledge while making new connections from their classmates’ shares.

    The Frayer Model and Anticipation Guides are research-based instructional tools that can help college students make connections with content.

    Kudos for the Graduate Center putting together this helpful resource!!

  • Dear Kristen,

    This binder is fabulous and the workshops look extremely useful as well. Thanks for posting. “Backward” design is indeed crucial in order to be sure you have identified (and are more likely to achieve)goals for student learning.

    Like Carol’s comment above, many of the small group strategies included in the binder have proven useful in the classroom to increase student engagement and “buy-in” to the course.

    I am confused about the dates / timeframe of the conference and workshops however. Your post suggests they are forthcoming, but the website and pdf indicate that they WERE on Feb 22nd 2013. (?) Thanks, Robin

  • When: Friday, March 7th @ 9:00 AM (lin kto register below)

    Where: Registration at Graduate Center Sociology Lounge, Room 6112

    Schedule of Events:

    9:00am-9:30am Breakfast/Registration

    9:30am-10 :00am Opening/Keynote

    10:15am-12:15pm (2 concurrent sessions)

    A) Formulating One’s Teaching Philosophy & Learning How to Plan Syllabi and Lessons

    B) Strategies of Implementing Lessons & Assessing Student Learning

    12:15pm-1:00pm Lunch

    1:00pm-3:00pm (2 concurrent sessions)

    A) Formulating One’s Teaching Philosophy & Learning How to Plan Syllabi and Lessons

    B) Strategies of Implementing Lessons & Assessing Student Learning

    3:15pm-4:15pm Breakout Sessions 1:

    a) Writing Across the Curriculum

    b) Online Teaching

    c) Critical Pedagogy

    d) Classroom Management

    e) Collaborative Work/Discussion

    4:25pm-5:30pm Breakout Sessions 2:

    f) Writing Across the Curriculum

    g) Online Teaching

    h) Critical Pedagogy

    i) Classroom Management

    j) Collaborative Work/Discussion


    If you would like to participate in the Workshop, please register at the link below. The workshop is free of charge and doctoral students with all levels of experience are encouraged to come. Pre-registration is required for attendance and space is limited.


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