Adjunct Teaching FAQS for Franklin Graduates
I loved my experience at Franklin. Can I get my graduate degree at Franklin, and teach when I’m done?
Great, and thank you so much for thinking of Franklin – that is awesome! At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind that Franklin can only hire so many Franklin graduates to teach in the classroom. It’s important for an academic program to have faculty teaching from diverse backgrounds, educational experiences, and varying professional credentials. Franklin works diligently to maintain balance. In order to do that, Franklin must limit the number of Franklin graduates hired as adjuncts. Similarly, Franklin must limit the number of graduates from other institutions as well. We wouldn’t want all teaching faculty to come from the same institution, Franklin or otherwise.
The same thing holds true, for say a neighbor like Columbus State. They can only have ‘so many’ Franklin graduates on their teaching roster – as they are looking for a diverse experience for their students.
So, do not be alarmed if you need to look a little further for adjunct teaching opportunities. Consider those institutions that might not have a number of Franklin grads on the roster. You want to network, network, and network.
I could teach a number of different courses, but which ones ‘could’ I teach at Franklin?
Per accreditation guidelines, an adjunct must have completed 18 graduate credit hours in a specific field/discipline to teach at the undergraduate level. Now there are exceptions to this, specifically with industry related ‘alternative criteria’ – I mean, consider if Bill Gates wanted to teach Microsoft Excel?! But, we share this to offer perspective and set reasonable expectations.
For more information, please refer to the ‘Determining Qualified Instructional Faculty Guidelines’.