Adjunct Faculty Support

Program Information

What Program Participants are Saying ...

  • ”It was wonderful to see such a talented faculty member engage with EMCC students so effectively and to also see how the implementation of suggestions in the classroom sparked additional peer-to-peer learning during class time.” ~ Mentor
  • ”The mentoring program has helped me… to become a better teacher… in learning about the culture of the institution… feel more connected to the campus and helped me build a professionally supportive network.” ~ Mentee
  • “Mentoring across disciplines was a great idea. Sharing different perspectives and encouraging each other to try something new helped both of us grown in our craft.” ~ Mentor

EMCC's Adjunct Faculty Mentoring Program (AFMP):

1) Is built on the learning centered paradigm

  • Since MCCCD’s mentoring training is based on the learning centered paradigm, the AFMP is also based on this philosophy

2) Utilizes the peer to peer mentoring model

  • There is no power differential between the mentor and the mentee – both individuals are EMCC instructors

3) Defines mentor as a facilitator, navigator and resource, not an evaluator

  • It is assumed that the mentor and mentee come to the relationship with some shared knowledge and experience in addition to their own talents, strengths, knowledge, skills and experiences (i.e., it is not an expert-novice relationship)
  • The mentor is helping the mentee use their personal strengths and achieve their personal goals for improving teaching and learning (in part, based on learning from the Workshop Component of the Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Program)

4) Promotes diversity, inclusion, and the development of future leaders

  • It is not assumed that mentors-mentees need to be from the same discipline or type – teaching strategies can be applied and adapted throughout EMCC courses (i.e., good teaching is good teaching)
  • Both adjunct faculty and residential faculty can apply as mentors
  • Participants build skills and experience towards becoming leaders on the PLC or in other positions

5) Embraces accountability, assessment, and continuous Improvement

  • Mentors and mentees are accountable to program training and celebration, meeting 6 to 8 hours, responding to Canvas dialogue, and completing formal and informal program assessments
  • Assessment data and testimonials are continually utilized to improve the program
  • 88% of mentee assessment respondents and 85% of mentor assessment respondents agree or strongly agree that the program improved teaching and learning.
  • 83% of mentee assessment respondents and 80% of mentor assessment respondents agree or strongly agree that the program transferred best practices to the classroom.
  • 98% of mentee assessment respondents and 93% of mentor assessment respondents would recommend the program to others.
  • Program participants have been recognized with CATS of the month and AFA outstanding adjunct faculty of the year award.
  • Mentees have returned to the program as mentors.
  • Program participants have advanced to full time teaching and student services positions within the MCCCD
  • Mentees and mentors alike can expect to be challenged and rewarded during the 13 weeks of the proven AFMP (See Testimonials and Program Results above.)
  • Participants are accountable to attending to ALL aspects of the program which are built to ensure success of the participants in meeting the program goals of continuous improvement in teaching and learning, and transfer of best practices to the classroom.
  • All Mentees and mentors accepted into the program will collectively attend a 1 to 1 ½ hour program training during the week of accountability where they will meet and get to know their matched mentee or mentor, be versed on the program requirements and timeline, and receive the necessary components to start the program right away.
  • Mentees and mentors are matched by an ad hoc committee. Matches are usually partnered across disciplines and class types. Mentors may be a residential or adjunct faculty.  
  • Early in the program, mentees will set their personal goal(s) for improving teaching and learning based on their strengths and needs. They will work on these goals during the 13 weeks. The mentor will help the mentee work towards achieving those goals by providing resources and guidance.
  • The mentor/mentee will meet for 6 to 8 hours during the program. While participants can meet a variety of ways (face‐to‐face, video call, phone, etc.) Participants are encouraged to meet face‐ to‐face for at least the first two meetings after the initial training. Meetings are professional interactions focused on the aspects of the program. In addition, the mentee and the mentor will observe at least one class taught by their partner
  • Both the mentee and mentor will complete checklists which help to guide the process and keep the participants on track. These checklists will be signed and turned in at the end of the program to the program facilitator. Participants will also respond and post within the mentoring program Canvas course as another means to stay connected and share their experience with current course participants.
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one of the Adjunct Faculty workshops which will take place throughout the semester and incorporate one or more aspects of the training into their classes.
  • Mentees and mentors will complete the written program evaluation, provide testimonials, and collectively attend the end of semester celebration.
  • Participants can repeat the program with a different mentee/mentor as long as they continue to meet the applicant requirements.

To become a mentee, individuals must:

  • be adjunct faculty
  • taught at EMCC for one or more semesters (excluding summer)
  • be teaching the semester in which they enter the program
  • self-apply (see the How to Apply section below for a link to the application).

Once submitted, the application is forwarded to the Division Chair for approval. 

Adjunct faculty or residential faculty may be mentors. To be accepted, individuals are required to self-apply (see the How to Apply section below for a link to the application).

If you are Adjunct Faculty, mentor requirements include:

  • Completion of at least one workshop from the Adjunct Faculty Institute (Saturday workshops) with the expectation of completing an additional workshop during the program
  • Have taught at EMCC at least three semesters (excluding summers)
  • Be teaching the semester in which they enter the program.

If you are Residential Faculty, mentor requirements include:

  • Completed at least two semesters of full-time teaching at EMCC.

Mentees who wish to apply for the Adjunct Faculty Mentoring Program (AFMP), please click here.

Mentors who wish to apply for the Adjunct Faculty Mentoring Program (AFMP), please click here.

Applications for the following semester are due on the last day of regular classes the semester prior. Example: Fall 2017 program application would be due on the last regular class day of Spring 2017.