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Adjunct Faculty Handbook

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Adjunct Hiring Policies

The administration and the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) recognize that circumstances may dictate that faculty tasks cannot be accomplished within the workload of permanent faculty, including overload. When the President/designee determines that such conditions exist s/he may authorize adjunct appointments in accordance with the following principles:

  • To meet temporary staffing needs due to enrollment increases for which normal full funding is not provided.
  • To meet temporary staffing needs when faculty are reassigned to other duties or who are on sabbatical or on other leaves of absences.
  • To teach courses requiring special expertise and/or meet special programmatic needs of departments, such expertise and needs that cannot otherwise be provided by the faculty within the department.

Adjunct Hiring

The President/designee shall consult with the department concerning the need for hiring adjuncts. In addtion no adjunct faculty member shall teach more than ten (10) credits in any one (1) academic year.

Adjunct appointments terminate at the end of the stated period and carry no implication of future employment.

Vacant Position Postings

Adjunct positions are generally posted on the university’s “Employment at MSU” web page which can be found at:  /hr/vacancy/. Selection of adjuncts must be based on legitimate job related reasons, taking into account the University’s Equal Opportunity & Title IX obligations and commitment to diversity.


An adjunct will have a master’s degree, specialized licensure or other special preparation/experience. The department shall be responsible for evaluating the academic credentials of the candidate and making recommendations to the President/designee. Please consult the hiring department for any additional criteria and documentation.

An adjunct will also have to meet any posted qualifications or criteria within the Notice of Vacancy under which they are hired.

Pay Scale/Salaries

Salaries are determined by the IFO master collective bargaining agreement which can be found at