For those looking to make a difference in the community, teaching part time at a community college may be the opportunity they're looking for. Providing a current and fresh view of the industry they represent, adjunct professors greatly enrich a students learning experience.
Lone Star College-Kingwood employs many professionals as adjuncts and invites interested individuals to attend the upcoming Adjunct Faculty Fair on November 8, 2007.
Adjunct professors are often business professionals who live and work in the community. They provide real insight into the day to day realities of the workplace. Isaac Garza, owner of Scorpion Productions and adjunct at Lone Star College-Kingwood, says an adjunct brings real world experience to the classroom.
"I'm a cinematographer and I teach one day, but work in my field the other six days. I tell my students about the pains and the sorrows."
Laurie Passmore, Manager of Training and Development at Lone Star College System (Lone Star College System), says adjunct professors are a critical part of Lone Star College-Kingwood. "They teach 56 percent of our classes, so that means most of our students will have at least one adjunct professor."
Lone Star College System provides the highest adjunct professor pay in the area and because of the diverse needs of students, classes are offered at all times during the day and evening giving adjuncts the flexibility to teach at a time that meets their needs. Adjuncts are needed in all levels of classes, including college level transfer courses, developmental studies and workforce classes.
Good candidates for adjunct professors are those who want to make a difference says Passmore. "People who want to affect a student's life, impact the community by helping to provide a more qualified workforce or just want to contribute to the greater good."
Passmore and Karla Leach, will be presenting "So You Want to Teach at a Community College" as part of the fair. The presentation will cover employment qualifications, salary, and other useful information. Those interested in finding out if becoming an adjunct is right for them will want to attend this presentation.
The Adjunct Faculty Fair will be held in the Student Center/Fine Arts Building of Lone Star College-Kingwood. The presentation "So You Want to Teach at a Community College" will kick things off in the Performing Arts Theatre at 3 p.m. and be followed by the Fair from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will be able to speak with college representatives and use computers to apply online. Job listings for the spring semester are available online at https://jobs.nhmccd.edu. For more information call Ruth Hutyra at 281-312-1542.
Lone Star College System, one of the five largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas, comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information on the programs and services of the college district, please visit the Web site at www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.