About this CUNY Adjunct Incubator Project

As part of a research project supported by the CUNY Adjunct Incubator, Maria Grewe and Mark Alpert, Adjunct Professors in the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, are developing "Successful Lessons: Best Practices by Adjuncts in Literature & Composition/Rhetoric," a three-part pedagogy workshop series led by composition/rhetoric and literature adjunct faculty in the English Department at John Jay College, CUNY.

Often academic exchanges between adjuncts take place in hurried run-ins between classes. The objective of this semester-long workshop series is to provide a forum in which adjunct faculty can discuss their contributions to excellence in teaching in a more concentrated manner.

For each workshop, two adjunct faculty members will share a successful assignment/project that highlights active learning, scaffolding, and authentic learning. Time will be set aside for questions and, importantly, conversation for further interchange of ideas and best practices. Each workshop will include a presentation on both the composition/rhetoric and the literature track. This recognizes the pedagogical overlap in these courses and helps foster collaboration between adjuncts teaching in different areas within the discipline.

Presented material will be compiled at the end of the semester and made available to all faculty. The hope for this project is that adjunct faculty will be motivated to continue such pedagogy workshops that focus on their contributions.

This project is part of the CUNY Adjunct Incubator and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Gittell Urban Studies Collective at the Graduate Center, CUNY.