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Adjunct Instructor Frequently Asked Questions
What are TSSW’s minimum qualifications of an adjunct instructor?
Applicants must possess an MSW or Masters degree in a related behavioral science discipline. Applicants with a social work degree must have and maintain a valid social work license. For the online programs, online teaching experience is preferred but not required.
How much does TSSW pay adjunct instructors?
TSSW pays $1,670 per credit hour. For Field courses, instructors are paid $5,000 per full time field course and $3,332 per Part Time Field course.
What is the pay schedule for adjunct instructors?
For the Fall Semester, adjunct instructors are paid September, October, and November.
For the Spring Semester, adjunct instructors are paid February, March, and April.
For the Summer Semester, adjunct instructors are paid June and July.
What benefits am I offered as an adjunct instructor?
Please review the Tulane University benefits eligibility information to determine which benefits are available to you.
How do I apply to be an adjunct instructor?
Interested individuals may apply to be an adjunct instructor here.
What are my rights and responsibilities as an adjunct instructor?
I am interested in being a Field Seminar Instructor/Liaison. What does that entail?
Responsibilities of the Faculty Field Liaison include:
- Meeting with students in Field Seminar, and individually as needed, to facilitate peer problem solving, provide support, and ensure integration of learning.
- Making virtual site visits with the field instructor and student to assess student progress and to maximize effective communication with the students, the School, and agencies.
- Initial handling of all field problems and making referrals of problems, when necessary, to the Director;
- Review and sign Safety & Supervision, Timesheet, Learning Goals and Evaluation forms in IPT.
- Assign semester grades in Gibson
- Evaluating current field placements and field instructors regarding their suitability for continuation.
Once I become an adjunct instructor, am I guaranteed a course assignment every semester?
Course assignments are made on a semester by semester basis and are subject to the needs of the university.
What circumstances might prohibit me from a future assignment?
An instructor may be not be eligible for additional course assignments for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Infractions related to discrimination on the basis of race, class, gender, or any other status
- Poor student evaluations
- Loss of social work license
- Not using Canvas
- Canceling live sessions/class meetings
- Not recording online live sessions
- Failure to submit final grades by the deadline
- Noncompliance with any other school or university policy
Can I use my personal email to communicate with students or the administration?
No. Due to FERPA and school policy, TSSW requires instructors to communicate with students via their official Tulane accounts. TSSW administration will communicate with you exclusively via your Tulane email account.
What Learning Management System (LMS) does TSSW use?
Tulane uses Canvas as its LMS. Tulane's Canvas resources are located here.
How often should I update my Canvas grades for students to view?
TSSW recommends that instructors update their student grades weekly at a minimum.
When are final grades due?
Please review the academic calendar for the most up to date information per semester.
Can I edit a student’s grade in Canvas after I enter it?
Grades in Canvas can be changed after you enter them. Final grades on a student’s transcript can be changed with the permission of your Program Director. This may include updating an Incomplete to a final grade. Please request a Grade Change form from TSSW’s Academic Affairs.
Is your online program synchronous and/or asynchronous?
All of our online courses consist of both synchronous and asynchronous content. Each class will have a scheduled live session per the class schedule.
What platform does TSSW use for online course live session meetings?
Tulane uses Zoom for online courses. Any instructor assigned to an online course will be provided a Zoom Pro account, and Tulane's Zoom resources are here.
I have been assigned a live session time for my online TSSW course, can I cancel or change this time?
No. Our online courses have required live sessions which meet at scheduled times during the semester. This is typically once per week. Live session times cannot be changed because our students are registered for multiple courses per semester. Any change to one class would effect their other class times. Typically online course live session times are scheduled in the evening to accommodate working students. You cannot cancel a live session.
As a current adjunct, how do I order a desk copy of a book used in a course I'm teaching?
Information about ordering desk copies can be found here.
How do I contact Program Directors or Program Managers?
Our Academic Affairs Department is listed here.