Frequently Asked Questions About Atlantic Cape Adjunct Teaching
What are the requirements for becoming a member of the adjunct faculty?
In most disciplines, a master’s degree is required. For some departments, instructors may be hired with a bachelor’s degree and/or appropriate experience. Teaching experience is helpful, but not required.
How do I apply to become an adjunct instructor?
Send a letter of inquiry and a resume to Human Resources. The letter should indicate your days and hours of availability to teach and your campus location preference from among Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House. You might also list courses you have taught or feel qualified to teach. You may also wish to express an interest in teaching short-term non-credit or Workforce Development courses and seminars.
What is the hiring process?
Human Resources will acknowledge your inquiry. The area coordinator will contact you if a suitable opening exists. If a recommendation to hire is made, you will be contacted by Human Resources. Class scheduling and course assignments are done by the area coordinator.
How many classes may I teach as an adjunct instructor?
Adjunct instructors can teach a maximum of nine credits per semester. Most courses are three credits, and meet one or two times per week for a total of three hours.
What is the pay rate and pay schedule?
The pay rate is $587 per credit. For senior adjunct instructors (those who apply for and are awarded promotion after four consecutive semesters of teaching) rate is $617 per credit.
The pay schedule occurs every two weeks.
Is an adjunct instructor eligible for benefits?
Adjunct instructors are eligible for enrollment in the Alternate Benefit Program (ABP) pension system at the start of their first semester teaching. Enrollment in the pension system is mandatory. If the member is retired from a State of New Jersey pension system, they are not eligible to enroll in the ABP. Instructors must notify Human Resources in writing if they are retired from a N.J. pension system.
The ABP pension is a defined contribution system. The employee contributes five percent of their gross earnings and the College contributes eight percent. Contributions are invested with one of the carriers authorized by the NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits.
There is a life insurance benefit included with this pension in the amount of 3.5 times the member's salary. The premium for this life insurance is paid by the State of New Jersey.
Instructors should complete ABP enrollment paperwork at the start of their employment. Please Note: If there is any distribution of mandatory contributions at any time after termination of employment, members will be considered RETIRED by the State of New Jersey, regardless of age. They will therefore be ineligible to enroll in any State-administered retirement system if they return to public employment in New Jersey.
Instructors with questions, or who need information about enrollment in ABP, should contact Human Resources at 343-5611.
Adjuncts can enroll for a credit course, free of charge, during any semester they are teaching.
They can register on a space-available basis, on the final day of the registration period.
There will be no tuition cost, but any special fee connected with the course must be paid by the adjunct (i.e. lab fee for computer class; material fee for art; texts).
Senior Adjunct Instructors not teaching in the summer may enroll in one summer credit course, tuition free, provided they have committed to teaching a credit course in the upcoming fall semester
In all situations, if a grade of "C" or better is not earned in the course, the adjunct shall be responsible to reimburse the College for the full expense of the waived tuition.
Is adjunct teaching considered guaranteed employment?
No. All class schedules for adjunct instructors are contingent upon sufficient enrollment and priority selection by full-time faculty members. Every attempt will be made to notify adjunct instructors of schedule changes/cancellations in a timely manner.
Does Atlantic Cape offer support for adjunct instructors?
The area coordinator for your division would be your direct contact for course content questions. The Office of Academic Affairs provides professional development opportunities, information on policies and procedures, and assistance with student issues. Technology training and classroom technical support is also available.