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Adjunct Teaching Excellence Program & Certificate

 Part-time faculty offer their subject-matter expertise, pedagogical skills, and support for DU’s students, advancing our mission to be a private university devoted to the public good. We cannot sustain transformative education or R1 “our way” without recognizing and developing our adjunct faculty members. Often in R1 institutions the perception of the adjunct professorial series an as institutional outsiders increased as research TT are valued more. DU has a committed pool of adjuncts necessary to the teaching enterprise and to our overall workforce. Investing in their success is important to retaining a high-quality adjunct faculty pool and engaging experts and professionals in the learning experience to help train the next generation of practitioners. Based on a model at Boise State University and DU’s own University College, this Adjunct Teaching Excellence program provides a pathway for DU’s adjunct faculty to demonstrate their teaching skills and earn a certification of their teaching excellence. Faculty will choose from a set of curated professional development opportunities offered by the Office of Teaching and Learning, including asynchronous opportunities tailored for part-time instructors. 50 faculty per year can receive a $250 stipend upon completion. All eligible DU part-time faculty will receive more information about this program and a follow-up survey in 2022, as will Chairs, Directors, and Associate Deans, but interested adjuncts can sign up below if they already know they want to pursue this certification. We anticipate launching the program in summer 2022.