Skip to content

The Baruch College Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Welcome: Messages from the Deans

This page last updated on 4/15/2015


H. Fenwick Huss, Willem Kooyker Dean of the Zicklin School of Business

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all our adjunct faculty members, both new and returning. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you are a key element in the Zicklin School’s efforts to deliver superior academic programs to the bright, highly motivated, diverse student body we serve.

The purpose of this handbook is to help give our adjunct faculty the information and resources they need to operate successfully within the Baruch College environment. You are an important part of the School and College community, and we want to make your involvement as enjoyable and as professionally satisfying and effective as possible. This handbook represents just one aspect of that process.

On a broader scale, among our goals at the Zicklin School is to engage all our faculty members in the ongoing examination of our program content and delivery. I welcome your contributions, ideas, and input as we continue to uphold our long tradition of excellence in an ever-evolving educational landscape.

As someone who has recently joined the Zicklin/Baruch family, I am excited to be in an environment in which we are able to really make a difference in the lives of these students, and I look forward to your participation in this effort!


David Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs

Dear Members of SPA's Adjunct Faculty,

I am delighted to welcome you to the School of Public Affairs. Your roles here are various and important. Some of you will be sharing insights derived from years of leadership experience. Others will bring scholarly perspectives not represented among our full time faculty. A majority of you will contribute on the credit-bearing side of the curriculum while others will focus primarily on our non-credit efforts in support of student success. All of you make SPA stronger, better able to serve its educational and teaching missions and more attentive to the communities we serve.

Academic and administrative staff at the College are required to follow a number of procedures to ensure that student records are properly maintained, that employees are promptly paid, and that the University's union contracts are strictly observed. This Handbook will provide you with all of the information about what to do, when to do it, and whom to consult if you encounter any problems along the way. If you have any questions about what you see or cannot find here, please do not hesitate to contact the School and we will route you to the person best prepared to answer. 

The College's regulations are important, but there is much more to Baruch than the work that brings any one of us to campus and the administrative practices that help us do it well. I invite you to take advantage of SPA and the larger College outside of class. Please attend a faculty meeting, stop by a lecture, or participate in a Faculty Seminar. Come hear some of the great speakers who come to campus, spend some time in our award-winning library, or take in a Bearcats basketball game. And by all means, come learn about important events such as Public Affairs Week, our Ackerman Lectures, and a host of other activities and events that make SPA a special place. You are now a member of our community, and while I know time is tight, I know too that we will all benefit best from one another's company when we have a chance to explore ideas together. 

Thank you for bringing your expertise and experience to SPA. 



Myrna Chase, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Welcome to Baruch and to the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences!   I am sure that some of you are not new to Baruch and Weissman, even if you are studying the adjunct handbook. I want to thank you for past and present services to making our school a fine educational institution.   I know that I don't have to tell you how important you are to our students and to your colleagues, but I will just the same.

To those of you who are new to Baruch you may not know how truly valuable to us you are.   In many of our departments adjunct faculty do almost half of the teaching. The Weissman School is fortunate to have recruited experienced and talented faculty from among those very large numbers, faculty who will give their professional best to our students and to their colleagues.

If this is your first semester at Baruch I hope it will be a happy one and mutually beneficial to you and to us.   If you are a returnee, share the experience you have with your new colleagues.   One of the reasons you became faculty was the desire for colleagues who share your love of learning and your discipline.   Another was the hope of making a difference to young people.   I hope Baruch is your community for as long as you are here and, should you leave, that you have pleasant memories and a sense of achievement.