A Part-time Professor by any other name…

Below is the long list of the many titles given to part-time professors. The only reason it is important for you to know the variety of titles that could be given to part-time professors is so that you can recognize an opportunity when it comes your way.  The list below is from the Handbook on Academic Titles (2002); and appears in the free ebook Become a Part-time Professor.


Adjunct / Adjunct faculty (most common)

Adjunct professor

Affiliated faculty / Affiliate professor

Annual faculty (often used for full-time one year appointments)

Casual Appointment (commonly used term in Canada and Australia part-time teaching positions)

Contingent faculty (can be used for part-time positions and other non-tenure track positions including full-time non-tenure track positions)

Contract faculty (generally hired for a term or year, sometimes multiple years, may be part-time or full-time.)

Contributing faculty

Faculty-in-residence (may be given to certain specialized personnel, e.g. artist, scientist, or scholar, appointed on a part-time or full-time basis for a term or an academic year.)

Guest Lecturer (speaks to a class because of his/her expertise, is paid a flat rate, and is not the instructor of record)

Instructor (may or may not be part-time and usually denotes a person without a terminal degree)

Interim Faculty

Lecturer (sometimes used for part-time and sometimes full-time faculty, but it indicates someone who is not eligible for tenure)

Limited-term appointment / Limited-term faculty

Per course faculty

Pro-rata faculty (generally same a per course faculty)  

Professor adjunct (this is actually an esteemed position because it is a ranked position based on previous teaching or expertise. e.g. Assistant Professor Adjunct)

Visiting faculty / Visiting professor (usually someone who is tenured faculty at another university. A few institutions use this title for part-time per course faculty)

 ~ That’s it for now! ~

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *