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Adjunct Faculty

HROG Section:
Document Title:
Adjunct Faculty
Initial Date Posted:

Feb. 1, 2005
Approved by CCAB Jan. 24, 2005

Board Approval:
Applies To:
District Human Resources
Related TASB Policy:
DD (local); DJ (local)
Last Date Revised:

Fall 2006
November 22, 2011, December 11, 2012
September 1, 2013, May 23, 2014


Because the colleges can use adjunct faculty to fill a variety of teaching needs, the purpose of this HROG is to highlight the main points surrounding the scope of adjunct faculty employment.



Board Policy DD (local) defines adjunct instructor as "a person employed as a part-time faculty member."


Adjunct faculty will hold the following minimum requirements:

  • For credit classes transferable towards a higher degree: master's degree and 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline.

  • For workforce education degree or certificate courses: a combination of academic preparation and work experience, including three years of direct or related work experience other than teaching. (Reference: HROG and Chapter Two General Institutional and Personnel Requirements for Workforce Education Programs. The Coordinating Board Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education.) 

  • For developmental courses: bachelor's degree in the specific teaching discipline and demonstrated competency (i.e., teaching experience, honors, graduate course work or other related accomplishment).


1. Adjunct faculty are hired with no posted search (unless requested by the location) and may be recruited from a variety of sources including:

a. Personal referrals
b. Campus and district job fairs
c. Through the adjunct faculty database, etc.

2. An adjunct (part-time instructor) workload is nine (9) contact hours or less each week (18 clock hours or less per week) according to Teacher Retirement System rules.  A part-time instructor's workload shall include preparing for and teaching assigned classes, providing consultation to students, conducting examinations, and submitting grades to the college.

Like a full-time instructor, activities may vary for nontraditional instruction.  The College District shall compensate part-time instructors for additional activities as assigned.  {See the Human Resources Operational Guidelines for noncredit and other part-time employment.}

In all situations of adjunct faculty, employment shall not increase the load of part-time employees so as to become full-time employees through the combined use of supplemental load and community service courses.

3. Adjunct faculty who are interested in full-time teaching opportunities are not eligible to participate in the internal faculty transfer option, but may apply for any full-time teaching position advertised through the regular notice of vacancy process.

4. Adjunct faculty are not eligible for summer formula.    

Employee Responsibility

HR Responsibility

Exceptions To Policy

Other Notes

Adjunct faculty may be eligible for insurance benefits provided by the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) contingent upon the satisfaction of specific eligibility requirements defined by ERS.

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