Profile of an Adjunct Professor

What does an adjunct professor in educational administration look like? AASA’s recent survey of superintendents nationwide who serve as part-time faculty at their local universities paints a picture of their chief characteristics and their fit into higher education.

The survey yielded 294 responses, all but 29 of them from superintendents. Some highlights of the study’s findings follow.


Age/Experience
* 44 percent of the adjuncts were 51 to 55 years old; another 20 percent were 56 to 60.
* 96 percent of the adjuncts had been K-12 administrators for 10 years or more.

Courses Taught
* Top three courses most frequently taught by male superintendents:
1. School finance
2. School law
3. Instructional leadership.
* Top three courses most frequently taught by female superintendents:
1. Administration
2. Educational leadership
3. (tie) Curriculum and instruction and human resources.

Preparation Time
* 42 percent of the adjuncts spend 5-9 hours per week outside of class preparing for the next session and grading papers.
* 10 percent of the adjuncts spend 10 hours per week or more outside of class on preparation and grading.

Compensation
15 percent - less than $1,500
51 percent - $1,501 to $2,500
26 percent - $2,501 to $3,500
8 percent - more than $3,500

Motivation
* Top three reasons cited for becoming an adjunct professor:
1. Seeking full-time employment at university
2. Opportunity to work with full-time faculty
3. Opens doors for consultation opportunity

Recruitment
* 63 percent of the adjuncts said they have recruited their graduate students for staffing vacancies in their school districts.

Online Instruction
* 5 percent of adjuncts said they have taught an educational administration course online; 69 percent said they would be willing to teach online if asked.