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The site is the brainchild of 1988 Valparaiso University graduate Kathleen Gibson, who after a brief legal career began teaching as an adjunct instructor 12 years ago at her alma mater.
“Teaching led to other opportunities and I have been an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Valpo for eight years,” Gibson said.
Gibson said The Chronicle of Higher Education estimates that 70 percent of college instructors are teaching “off the tenure track.”
“It is more likely than not that a student will have an adjunct professor, not a tenured professor,” Gibson said. “Today adjuncts teach for many different reasons and have many different sorts of roles at higher education institutions. Some adjuncts are new teachers, fresh out of doctoral programs, which have not yet landed a tenure-track position. Some see teaching as their vocation but may not have completed a terminal degree so they serve as full-time lecturers or work as itinerant faculty. Some are professionals who are looking for an encore career, while others are professionals who have another career other than teaching but may teach a course or two.”