Visiting and adjunct faculty have the unique opportunity to contribute to the College on a full-time or part-time basis for a defined amount of time. McNaughtan et al. (2017) report that between the years of 1993 to 2014, the number of non-tenure-track faculty rose by 45%. Such growth shows the increased importance of these faculty for departments at colleges and universities.
There are a variety of benefits to being a non-tenure-track faculty member at Lafayette such as having the opportunity to advance the education of undergraduate learners, furthering institutional strategic plans, refining teaching methods, forming networks and connections, having a flexible schedule around teaching obligations, and progressing towards career goals in higher education. Non-tenure-track faculty can take a number of steps to orient themselves to the institution and maximize their experiences while at the College.
Orientation to the College
McNaughtan J, García HA, Nehls, K. (2017). Understanding the Growth of Contingent Faculty. New Directions for Institutional Research, 176, 9-26. DOI: 10.1002/ir.20241.