By Jasmine Bradley
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Some students say they like having full-time professors, some say they like having adjuncts, and others say they don’t mind either way.
Adjunct professors usually teach one or two classes a semester at a college and often teach at more than one institution. Full-time professors usually teach five classes a semester and usually teach at only one institution. Full-time professors also have an office and keep office hours at the college at which they teach. Adjuncts usually do not.
“Having adjunct professors is not a problem for me,” said Laniyah Lawrence, a first-year student at Camden County College. “I don’t have trouble trying to get one-on-one time with my professors. That’s what tutoring is there for.”
Lawrence said she thinks some adjuncts are better than full-time professors. “Most of the time I don’t even need to spend any extra time with my professors,” she said, noting she understands most of the material and goes for tutoring for anything with which she is struggling.
However, Dana Rice, a student in her third semester at Camden County College, said she does not like adjunct professors. “The main issue I am having with my adjunct professor is trying to reach out to the professor,” she said, noting the professor teaches at three schools and “barely checks his email for Camden County College.”
Student Shana Mosby said she doesn’t mind which type of professor teaches the class. “Students should not go into a classroom wondering what kind of professor they have,” Mosby said. “Students are here to learn, not to observe their professors on how they are doing their job. As long as it gets done, then what’s the problem?”
Administrators responsible for hiring could not be reached for comment on the topic.