Expectations for Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct faculty are expected to strive for excellence in teaching. BMCC’s highest priority is to improve student success, so all faculty are encouraged to develop effective pedagogy. BMCC’s student population is culturally and linguistically diverse, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college; research shows that our students benefit from active engagement both inside and outside the classroom. All faculty are required to submit verification of attendance, final grades, and any other required information on time. All faculty are required to use their BMCC email and check it regularly. Faculty are encouraged to use the wide range of resources available to support academic excellence and to share their own expertise in the spirit of contributing to a vibrant learning community and to BMCC’s commitment to student success.
All adjunct faculty new to BMCC must complete a new hire packet available from and to be submitted to Human Resources.
- Appointment – initial appointments are made pursuant to the recommendation of appointment from the department.
- Semester Reappointments – semester reappointments are made pursuant to the recommendation of reappointment from the department where the adjunct faculty is active the semester preceding the reappointment date.
- Yearly – annual reappointments are made pursuant to a recommendation of reappointment from the department and following 6 consecutive appointments preceding the reappointment date.
- 3 Year – three-year appointments are made pursuant to a recommendation of reappointment by the Departmental P&B Committee after a review following 10 consecutive appointments preceding the reappointment date with a teaching assignment of at least 6 credit hours per semester.
A person appointed to an Adjunct title is not a full-time employee of The City University of New York. Employment in an adjunct position or a combination of adjunct positions shall not constitute a full-time position. Adjunct lecturers or adjuncts in other titles, excluding Graduate Assistants, shall not be assigned a total of more than nine (9) classroom contact hours during a semester in one unit of The City University of New York. In addition, such adjunct may be employed to teach a maximum of one course of not more than six (6) hours during a semester at another unit of The City University of New York. For persons in non-teaching adjunct titles, the limitations noted above are equated to not more than 225 hours per semester at one college and not more than 150 hours per semester at a second college of the University. See PSC-CUNY Article 15 for more information.
Applications for promotion to adjunct associate professor, adjunct professor, as well as adjunct senior college laboratory technician are accepted once a year on or about November 1 and are reviewed in the Spring semester by the appropriate departmental committees. The committee recommendations are made to the Senior Vice President and Provost. The application process and review is facilitated by the Office of Faculty Appointments.
Teaching and Research Opportunities
The college supports and offers various teaching and research opportunities to adjunct faculty. Please refer to the Faculty Opportunities section of the handbook.