The Poynter Institute and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced Wednesday an online certificate program for adjunct journalism professors.
The program, which will be made available to journalism and mass communication programs across the country, will teach instructional skills. It will focus on the five areas: building a syllabus and course schedule, assessing teaching success, new teaching tools, student engagement and participation and teaching and evaluation and grading.
This pedagogical instruction is essential for adjunct professors, most of whom are trained primarily as journalism professionals, said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School.
“They bring real-world experience and up-to-date skills into their classrooms, but few are trained as teachers,” Callahan said. “By giving them the tools they need to be successful in the classroom, we can meet the high expectations of journalism and mass communications programs and strengthen student learning.”