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Dual Studies
Orientation for Adjuncts
Orientation for Adjuncts

Adjunct Faculty Orientation

Adjunct faculty, whether teaching dual studies or not, are encouraged to attend the adjunct faculty workshops typically scheduled on the Saturday before the first day of class each fall semester. Occasionally, an adjunct workshop is held before spring term. Scheduled workshop dates may be confirmed by calling the dean or division assistant for your subject area. Topics addressed include: 1) the RSCC computer system (BANNER) providing access to class rolls and the grading system, 2) the teacher evaluation process, and 3) division meetings explaining processes specific to the course you may be teaching.

All new dual studies faculty should complete the Departmental Information Sheet that requests information to set up an account for the faculty member in the RSCC computer system. Requests for teachers’ editions of the textbook and course competencies should be requested from the appropriate contact on the Information Sheet.

Adjunct faculty are encouraged to contact high school administrators prior to the first day of class to discuss high school policy.

Calendar Year

Roane State faculty, whether full-time or adjunct, will follow the Roane State calendar based on RSCC contract agreements. This may pose a problem for high school administration and results in some schools restricting dual studies classes to be taught only by high school teachers at the high school.

When teaching high school classes, inclement weather or other school closings may interrupt instruction time. The college requires a three-hour course to meet a minimum of 160 minutes per week for 14 weeks. Most classes meet two days a week for 80 minutes. Faculty members are expected to regain lost time by making arrangements with the class members and the school system as needed. A four-hour course is expected to meet 220 minutes per week.

When classes are held on the RSCC campuses, classes may or may not include college students as well as dual enrollment. For this reason, classes may continue through the secondary school’s breaks. Therefore, high school students must discuss their attendance with individual instructors. Students may or may not be excused. Many instructors tend to be flexible as we work to serve the high schools with dual enrollment offerings. Occasionally, extracurricular competitions and events require high school students to be absent from classes. Faculty are asked to consider the relevance of the activity and assign make-up assignments accordingly.

Textbooks

Faculty should contact the appropriate division assistant to inquire about textbooks and supplemental resources. The division may provide a sample syllabus and an instructor’s manual as requested. Students are responsible for their textbooks though some school systems provide the college texts. Contact the high school counselor to determine if classroom sets are available. High school students are not eligible for federal financial aid, so they receive little assistance in purchasing textbooks. The Tennessee Career Centers (TCC) may assist students with eligible financial needs. TCC managers will interview students to determine eligibility for assistance if contacted.

High School Environment

If you are going to a high school that you have not previously visited, you are advised to contact the principal and/or school counselor prior to the first day of class. They can answer questions about parking spaces and emergency procedures. Every high school is different, so a brief orientation of the high school should be helpful.

Be aware of possible classroom interruptions when teaching dual studies courses in the high school environment. For example, some administrations may interrupt classrooms with school announcements throughout the day while others would never allow an interruption of this nature. High schools are mandated to conduct a number of assessments throughout the year causing students to be out of the classroom for hours at a time. Field trips, regional/state athletic competitions, picture days and school assemblies are some of the activities that may interrupt instruction time. As your schedule and the high school allows, you may allot some office hours to dual studies to recover time lost due to interruptions. One veteran dual studies faculty states, "... my advice is to roll with it."

Though students in First Class demonstrate academic proficiency for program eligibility, be considerate that there is an age difference between dual studies students and college freshmen; they may benefit from your encouragement of responsible and mature behavior. If there is a behavior problem, please refer students to the RSCC online Student Handbook, which addresses academic and classroom misconduct under Student Conduct and Discipline. Contact the Office of Dual Studies, (865) 882-4504, for additional support.

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