Who Are the Adjunct Faculty?
As of spring 2013, the Texas State University faculty included 909 adjunct faculty -- 372 employed full-time and 537 teaching part-time -- constituting nearly 50 percent of the total faculty.
PPS 7.22 lists the following titles under its definition of adjunct faculty:
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Associate Professor
Research Assistant Professor
Research Associate Professor
Visiting Assistant Professor
Visiting Associate Professor
Assistant Professor Emeritus
Associate Professor Emeritus
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
"Temporary, non-continuing faculty play an essential role in carrying out the educational mission of this institution. These faculty are a pool of talent that can enhance the quality of instruction, research, and service. It is therefore critical that the university ensure that this group of faculty be treated in a fair and equitable manner. It should be recognized that temporary, non-continuing faculty benefit the university, department, and students." (PPS 7.14)
Adjunct Faculty Website Mission
In fall 2012, the Faculty Senate’s Adjunct Faculty Committee received authorization to construct an adjunct faculty website accessible from the university homepage via the Faculty & Staff dropdown menu. The adjunct faculty play an essential role in delivering curriculum and contributing to the culture of creativity and scholarship at Texas State University. This website was conceived to serve the needs and interests of the non-tenure track faculty, as well as to publicize and promote the myriad accomplishments of the Texas State adjunct faculty.
Adjunct Faculty Committee
The Adjunct Faculty Committee meets once a month. Information on meeting times and minutes are found here.
Current members of the Adjunct Faculty Committee are found here.
Adjunct Faculty Workload Release
In recognition of the essential role of the adjunct faculty in delivering curriculum and contributing to the culture of scholarship at Texas State University, an Adjunct Faculty Workload Release program has been established to allow full-time, non tenure-track faculty to receive up to a 6 workload credit reduction of their normal semester teaching load (at full pay and benefits) to pursue scholarly/creative projects, curriculum development, or teaching improvement projects.
PPS 8.13 (Adjunct Faculty Workload Release) has been updated.
Adjunct Faculty Workload Release Recipients 2014-2016
Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
All faculty members who taught less than full-time in the preceding calendar year are eligible to be nominated for the Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. One award may be bestowed in each academic college annually. The award will consist of a certificate and a monetary award of $1,000. This policy is currently being updated and will be posted soon.
2014 Award Recipients
College of Applied Arts: Stacie McGee
McCoy College of Business: Monica McNabb
College of Education: Carolyn Clay
College of Fine Arts and Communication: Michelle Dahlenburg
College of Liberal Arts: Susan Hanson
College of Science and Engineering: Austin Talley