Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino
over 2 years ago
An average day for an adjunct lecturer at CSUSB varies, depending on how many courses you are teaching. The first quarter, you are likely to teach one course, but subsequent quarters, you may be teaching as many as 3 or 4 courses in one quarter. The class sizes vary, as well, so the amount of time you may spend answering email from students will be much less if you have a small class (30-60 students) versus some of the larger classes that have 200 or more students.
An average day will likely include preparing your lecture and class activities, and developing a media presentation to accompany your lecture. The first time you teach a course, this could take 1-2 hours or more, per chapter/lecture.
Adjunct faculty, like full time faculty, are required to hold office hours each week, typically 1 hour per week, per 3-4 credit class. This time is for students to visit, ask questions about course material, or seek advice on career options or course selection. If students do not visit during office hours, you may be able to use that time prepping classes, creating exams, or collaborating with other faculty members on teaching techniques, problem solving, or research.
To summarize, a typical day includes lecture, lecture preparation, answering email, and interacting with students before/after class or during office hours.