September 8, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Adjunct Academy goes online at Shawnee State
Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, has added
more resources for adjunct faculty who are unfamiliar with
the university by incorporating an online Adjunct Academy
into the orientation process.
“We have two goals,” said SSU Provost Dave Todt. “First, we
want to provide our adjunct faculty a way to know Shawnee
State better and have resources and support available to
them. The second goal is to increase the pool of adjuncts
with qualified high school teachers to teach a dual credit
class to seniors at their high schools.”
The first meeting with 120 adjuncts began on Tuesday, Aug.
11 with a dinner, academy overview and introduction to SSU
resources, procedures, reporting and various other services.
A new “Shawnee State University Adjunct Faculty Handbook”
was given out to the adjuncts with information and
The course is a six-week series of topics and readings on
using technology to teach, recent cognitive psychology
research on how students learn, and recent theories on
encouraging student motivation.
“It is not a required course, but we hope all adjuncts will
take advantage of the resources,” Todt Said.
The Adjunct Academy classes are intended to help the
adjuncts deal with different types of students in the
classrooms and increase awareness of teaching resources and
support systems available to them at the university.
“It’s a way for adjuncts to communicate with each other and
to find information online easily as well as a professional
development experience,” said Darrell Rudmann, assistant
professor psychology and interim associate provost.
Adjuncts taking the course will have a forum for sharing
ideas and asking questions about teaching in general at
Shawnee State. University training will be included in the
academy on topics such as sexual harassment, emergency
procedures and using technology.
“This is a pilot project in a sense and we will learn from
it,” Todt said.