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Research and Publishing as an Adjunct

Whether you’re an adjunct with a PhD or not, most adjuncts hold degrees where they were trained to publish their research or at least collect data that has the potential for publication.  Much of the discussion in this blog is on teaching and student/teacher interactions.  I would like propose a space where adjuncts are encouraged to engage in active research agendas—particularly alongside full time faculty.   There are many adjuncts that teach two or three courses a semester and are still writing and revising articles for publication.  Depending on the journal, it can take two years for one article to be accepted.  However, there really isn’t a space for part-timers to seek out the mentorship of full time faculty for advice about research and publishing.   I have been very fortunate to have great mentors in the sociology department but there isn’t an organized structure that facilitates collaborative publications or even mentorship between full and part time faculty.

What about research stipends or funding to attend conferences?

Each year I attend and present my work at conferences throughout America and a few overseas.  This is particularly important for junior scholars who are on the market and need to promote their research.  It would be fantastic if QC could offer some type of funding for research or conference attendance.  As adjuncts, we love teaching but we also love our research.

I would really love to hear how other adjuncts are managing this.

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1 comment to Research and Publishing as an Adjunct

  • Nazreen,

    I agree with you. It is hard to find any research grants funded for adjunct faculty. There is one provided by PSC-CUNY – Adjunct-CET Professional Development grant.

    Details: Adjunct faculty teaching six or more classroom contact hours in the semester, and who have taught two or more courses in the two most recent consecutive semesters (not including summer session), and who have been notified of reappointment for the next consecutive semester, are qualified to apply. Deadlines are the first of every month for activities happening the following month, except July and August.

    Webpage: http://www.psc-cuny.org/our-benefits/adjunct-CET
    Guidelines: http://www.psc-cuny.org/sites/default/files/2013%20ADJ%20Guidelines.pdf.

    I do wish QC would start a grant in the future to support adjunct faculty doing research.