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 Revised in committee 4/20/2012

Policy on the use of adjunct instructors

The Sociology Undergraduate Curricula Committee recommends that the following criteria be considered when electing to utilize the services of an adjunct instructor on main campus.

1)      Adjunct instructors will not compete with tenure track faculty member course offerings throughout an academic year. Rather, adjunct instructors will be used when the candidate has particular skills, access to networks, or applied experience not held by tenure faculty members. Further:

- Tenure track faculty will have first selection of course and scheduling.

- Adjunct instructors will not offer courses during summer and winter terms, unless a unique need is identified.

- In the rare circumstance that an adjunct instructor teaching on main campus offers and online course, the department will solicit such an offering in order to meet an exceptional departmental need. 

- Multiple offerings of the same course in a given semester will only occur when it can be reasonably expected that all sections will meet enrollment guidelines.

2)      Adjunct instructors are held to the same high standard for teaching quality as are tenure track faculty. Therefore, all adjuncts will be supervised and evaluated by the department head. The evaluation of adjunct instructors will include, but is not limited to: syllabi, course evaluations, assessment of web based delivery content, and a minimum of one in-class review for face-to-face courses.



Current Openings:


Western Kentucky University
Department of Sociology



The Department of Sociology at Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites applications for a nine-month Instructor, non-tenure track appointment, with responsibility for teaching through the WKU Dual Credit program beginning Fall semester 2014.   The Instructor will primarily teach at area high schools but may also teach online or on a WKU campus. Expectation would be an assignment of a 5 course load per term. In lieu of one teaching assignment, the Instructor may assume some administrative work related to the advancement of the discipline in the WKU Dual Credit Program.   This is a revenue-dependent position subject to annual renewal.


The University

Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and is a teaching and research focused comprehensive institution with over 20,000 students. WKU is conveniently located just 50 miles north of the Nashville, Tennessee area and about 120 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Sociology or a closely related field, with a minimum of 18 hours of graduate-level Sociology courses prior to date of employment
  • Experience in college level teaching
  • Demonstrated interest in meeting student needs
  • Possess strong communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated

 Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application Procedure

Send letter of application, current curriculum vitae, official transcript(s), and contact information for three references to:


Search Committee Chair
Department of Sociology
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11057
Bowling Green, KY 42101


Review of Applications

Review of applications will begin March 7, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

 Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.


Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal  Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.


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