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FAQ

  1. What is the salary for adjunct faculty? 
  2. Am I qualified to be certified?
  3. I don't see my discipline listed on Pima Jobs.  Should I still submit an application?
  4. Is there a checklist including all of the required application documents?
  5. Do I need to submit official transcripts?
  6. Will a degree or coursework from any school qualify for certification?
  7. Can I use my foreign transcript for certification?
  8. Can I use any foreign transcript evaluation service?
  9. Will a prior letter of recommendation work for a letter of experience?
  10. Do I mail you my original certificates/licenses?
  11. What happens after I am certified?
  12. What do I do after I receive an offer to teach a class?

1. What is the salary for adjunct faculty?
$735 per load hour.  

2. Am I qualified to be certified?
Refer to the PCC Faculty Standards to find the minimum qualification requirements under the classifications of Academic, Developmental and Occupational/Workforce.  In most cases, a master’s degree is required to teach academic transfer courses.

3. I don't see my discipline listed on Pima Jobs.  Should I still submit an application?
Yes.  While adjunct faculty assignments are usually made months before the start of the semester, additional assignments are made throughout the year or as needs may arise.  Certified and approved applicants would be immediately available to be considered for these openings.

4. Is there a checklist including all of the required application documents?
Yes.  An adjunct faculty application checklist is available online.  The certification process is quicker if all documents are submitted together as a complete packet.

5. Do I need to submit official transcripts?
Yes.  Official transcripts are required for any post-secondary conferred degrees that are listed on your application or resume. Any degrees in progress may need to be submitted to meet the faculty certification standards.

6.  Will a degree or coursework from any school qualify for certification?
Only degrees or coursework from colleges or universities that are accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies will qualify to meet the faculty standards.

7.  Can I use my foreign transcript for certification?
Yes.  However, a degree from any college outside of the United States (even if the transcript is in English) must be evaluated.

8. Can I use any foreign transcript evaluation service?
No.  PCC has a list of approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies. If you have an evaluation from an agency that is not on the list, it will not be accepted. 

9. Will a prior letter of recommendation work for a letter of experience?
Probably not.  Each letter of experience submitted must be an original letter, on letterhead, signed by an official representative of the company, and delineate:

  • length of employment (start and end dates, including month and year)
  • job title
  • job responsibilities related to teaching field

10. Do I mail you my original certificates/licenses?
No.  You may send copies of all certificates/licenses for the certification process.  If an offer to teach is accepted, you will be required to bring the original certificates/licenses for verification when you fill out the new hire employee paperwork.

11. What happens after I am certified?
Once you are certified and approved, your name will be entered into a college-wide adjunct faculty database.  Department chairs and campus administrators use this database to select potential candidates for adjunct faculty openings.  Once you receive your teaching certificate in the mail, you may contact a department chair or administrator from any desired campus in the discipline that you are certified to teach.

12. What do I do after I receive an offer to teach a class?
Contact the Faculty Certification Office to set up an appointment to fill out new hire employee paperwork.