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I am currently a staff researcher at a public research university in the US. While a tenure-track position may be in my future, I would like some of the opportunities and responsibilities now. In particular, I want to be able to write grants as a PI and advise students and postdocs. I believe that I can do this as an adjunct faculty, but I have a few questions about where to start:

  • What are common steps required to become an adjunct faculty?
  • Where can I find additional information (e.g. would a university-wide policy be given at the university website?)
  • Assuming I speak with the department chair, what should I say? Are my justifications sufficient.
  • How could I sell my case, other than my (demonstrated) ability to obtain funding and (undemonstrated) ability to be an advisor?

1 Answer 1

  • What are common steps required to become an adjunct faculty?

Ask your department chair.

  • Where can I find additional information (e.g. would a university-wide policy be given at the university website?)

Ask your department chair.

  • Assuming I speak with the department chair, what should I say?

"I'm interested in becoming adjunct faculty. What's the hiring process? Why yes, I do happen to have my CV with me."

  • How could I sell my case, other than my (demonstrated) ability to obtain funding and (undemonstrated) ability to be an advisor?

Ask your department chair.