Adjunct Expectations



Adjunct instructors are expected to adhere to our DCE contractual obligations to ensure the institutional standards are met and the quality of instruction is upheld. Please see the following points regarding what is expected of adjuncts instructors who teach at MCC:

We recognize that you are here because you have a strong commitment to education; and our students are here because they want an affordable education that will help them improve their lives. 

  1. Keeping that in mind, please understand, and make clear to your students that classes must start on time and end at the assigned time, with meaningful work in between. Whether your class runs from 7:30am to 8:20am or from 6pm to 8:45pm, that entire class period should be filled with opportunities for intellectual growth and exploration.  Both our students and our accrediting agency, NEASC, expect this. Please inform your Dean or Asst. Dean is you will not meet with your class for any portion of this time.
  2. Sometimes unpredictable events occur in everyone’s life. But there are a number of ways to make sure that you meet your class time obligation. When you cannot instruct your class at the last minute, a Student Affairs professional may be available to deliver a general presentation relevant to all MCC students. Check availability at MCC Speaks!https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/deanofstudents/mccspeaks.aspx
  3. In addition, there are other valuable make up alternatives in our DCE contract for faculty who have canceled classes.  Our DCE contract provides the following methods to you for making up class time with the prior approval of the College:

1. schedule a meeting of the class on another day that is mutually agreeable to the unit member, the students and the College;
2. begin earlier and/or end class later for as many sessions required to compensate for the time missed;
3. assign a paper, project, or a self-directed learning experience which will require the time span equivalent to one class period;
4. by another method proposed by the unit member and approved by the appropriate dean.

Faculty absences for day classes call:

Bedford Campus 781-280-3922
Lowell, City 978-656-3156
Lowell, Federal 978-656-3156
Lowell, Talbot 978-656-3095 or 3054
Lowell, Derby 978-656-3280

Evening/Weekend Classes

Bedford Campus: 781-280-3605
Lowell Campus: 978-656-3221

 

If you have a student who is having academic difficulty, please remember to use the Academic Alert system. The success of the Academic Alert program depends upon the efforts of instructors, academic counselors and service departments working as a team to identify students who are at-risk for dropping out or stopping out of college and connecting them with the services that can help them to persist successfully until they have reached their goals. You can find the “Send an Academic Alert” link under “My Links” when you log into “MyMCC.”

 The end of the semester is often filled with anxiety for students.  If they are taking 5 courses, they have 5 final assessments to prepare for. Please respect the time the college has provided for their preparation.  For day students, the final exam period begins following the last week of classes.  For evening students, final exams are given during the last scheduled class.  Please be sure to follow this schedule so that students can plan their work appropriately and have enough time to prepare, without unplanned conflicts. (The final schedule can be found online or at the back of the Advising Schedule.)

Because they want to support your teaching and help you with any needs you may have, the Deans and Assistant Deans are planning to be on both campuses a few evenings each semester. They won’t interrupt your classes, but you will see them in the buildings.

 

Best wishes for a successful semester!

 

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DCE Contract Workload 13.04

 

Classes shall be held as scheduled, including during finals week. In the event classes are

cancelled due to inclement weather, other emergency, or recognized college holiday or

whenever a regularly scheduled class is not held for whatever reason, the unit member will

be responsible for completing the obligations of the employment contract and subject

matter content in one of the following ways with the prior approval of the College:

1. schedule a meeting of the class on another day that is mutually agreeable to the unit

member, the students and the College;

2. begin earlier and/or end class later for as many sessions required to compensate for

the time missed;

3. assign a paper, project, or a self-directed learning experience which will require a

time span equivalent to one class period;

4. by another method proposed by the unit member and approved by the appropriate

dean.

Any class not held due to the absence of the unit member or dismissed early is generally

unacceptable.

Last Modified: 12/15/16