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Adjunct Professor Mickey Baron

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Each semester students go to their scheduled classes and listen to professors lecture for months. Throughout that time you’re so preoccupied with passing the class; do you even know your professor’s first name? Do you know what type of professor they are? Well more than likely, your professor was an Adjunct. Did you know that Adjuncts are playing a large role of all colleges across America? According to a 2010 survey from the American Federation of Teachers, “A majority (59%) of Adjuncts work at four-year institutions, with one in three (33%) working at public four-year institutions, and one in four (26%) working at private four-year institutions; a significant proportion (41%) of adjunct faculty work at two-year colleges.” Now, you’re probably wondering what’s adjunct? An adjunct is a part-time professor. They’re constantly on the go, travelling to numerous colleges covering specific classes. “They do much of the same teaching jobs as our full-time professors,” says Dr. Michael Uttendorfer, Assistant Provost of Academic Affairs. They teach classes, staff laboratories and studios and assist students in our learning centers. Many of them are working professionals in very specialized fields and bring a wealth of job experience to our NYIT classes.”

“Full-time faculty teach 7 courses (up to 24 credits total) per year,” states Dr. Uttendorfer. “Adjunct instructors are not full-time employees and usually teach fewer courses. If an adjunct does not have a doctoral or terminal degree (the highest degree in their discipline) they are usually hired at the rank of Adjunct Instructor. If they do have a doctoral (or terminal) degree they are usually hired as Adjunct Assistant Professor.” He adds, “Promotion to a higher rank is based on the faculty member’s performance in these areas: Teaching, Scholarship and Service. They are reviewed by a committee of their peers based on these areas.” He concludes, “In addition to be considered for promotion from Adjunct Assistant Professor to Adjunct Associate Professor, the adjunct must have at least 6 years teaching experience at the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor. Likewise to be considered for promotion from Adjunct Associate Professor to Adjunct Full Professor, the adjunct must have at least 8years teaching experience at the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor.”

Let’s meet the Adjuncts at NYIT:

Paul Limperopulos, Adjunct Instructor of College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies:

Teaches American History on Film class (at both Old Westbury and Manhattan campus)
MFA, School of Visual Arts
Prior assistant director of the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers
Affiliated with the Summer Principals Academy (SPA) at Teachers College at Columbia University
“My teaching philosophy is very kind and open-minded,” says Limperopulos. “I always allow students to disagree. They have to have the proper knowledge to back it up; there are always different informed viewpoints.”He says, “I love teaching students in different majors, it brings different perspectives.”
“Professors get rosters with names and phone numbers of their students, so I have always assumed that it was a preferred phone,” says Limperopulos. “A few weeks ago I wanted to let my class know that I was on my way, but no one picked up. Finally, I got hold of someone and it ended up being my student’s mother.” He said, “Her mother told me that she doesn’t even live at home.” How is that for AWKWARD? “The next class my student came in saying that her mom thinks I’m nice.”

Nicole Stevens, Adjunct Professor of Communication Arts:

Teaches RADIO 101 and 102

A bachelors’ from C.W Post and a masters’ from NYIT (receiving her second masters’ at Molloy College)
Edits audio for NHL highlights (used all over the U.S as well as Canada)
Has a cat named Stella
“Years from now I want somebody to think to themselves I remember Professor Stevens,” says Stevens. “I remember what she taught me and that she took out the time to help me.”
“I would like people to associate me with the type of professor that care,” Stevens responds. “I like students to know I’m the type of professor if they’re not getting something I’m going to work with you until you one on one until you understand it. I will come on my spare time. I will stay here all day till you understand.”

Sandra Kopecky, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in the school of Engineering and Computing Sciences:

Teaches CSCI-300 and CSCI-401

A masters’ in computer science from NYIT
While on her masters’ along with other students at NYIT worked on Motorola’s Golden-I (the first hands- free, wireless handset computer before it went to the market)
A Lifetime Girl Scout
“I enjoy teaching and sharing my skills and knowledge,” says Kopecky. “I take time to ensure my students understand the material I’m teaching.”
The funniest experience so far has been that the students don’t realize that I’m the professor on the first and that I have children their age,” Kopecky responds.

Julie Price, Adjunct Associate Professor of Communication Arts:

Teaches Introduction to Advertising, Public Relations and Publicity I and Communications Law

Bachelors’ at St John’s University in Communication Arts (pursuing a PH.D in Information Studies at LIU Post)
Currently works as a freelance public relations consultant to several not for profit organizations in Long Island including Drug Free Massapequa
Vacations in the summer with her husband boating on the Grand South Bay near Robert Moses, TOBAY, Gilgo or Zach’s Bay
“I feel very connected to the students at NYIT,” says Price. “I think my students probably know enough about me since my classes are more of a discussion rather than a traditional lecture format.”
“My approach with my students is that I treat them like there are my associates rather than students,” Price replies. “I arrived at this profession from a professional practice rather than an educational based background, so I’m more concerned with making sure my students know how to think and prepare for a job in the field.”

Mickey Baron, Adjunct Instructor of College of Arts and Sciences English:

Teaches FCWR 101 and 151

A masters’ at Syracuse University and an administrative degree at Stony Brook University
Starting teaching when a black board was black, moved to a green board, then to a white board and is ending with a smart board.
Is writing a book: A Thesaurus Ain’t No Dinosaur: One Man’s Thirty years in the Classroom
“The most rewarding thing at NYIT is the realization that I can help a student in some way with writing, that’s what I’m there for,” says Baron. “When you sit down with a student and you go over their work, you make them explain their ideas. Then you discuss how they actually wrote it down and they accept that or challenge it. But when push comes to shove in the end they do a re-write and they are happy with it, it makes me feel like I have done something that is worthwhile.” He explains, “And you know it when they come back.”
“One of my students was doing a demonstrative speech and something went wrong and a spark came from out of the bulb almost to the top of the ceiling,” says Baron. “I stood up and said, “What are you doing?” He said, “No, no it’s ok, I didn’t get it right.” I said, “I’m afraid what’s going to happen if you do get it right! What are we going to explode?”

Whether they’re an adjunct, full-time or assistant professor, there’s one that stands out to you; someone that takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges you beyond the limit. Professor Prices says, “I think sometimes people focus on making grand achievements and that’s certainly admirable, but I think it’s also important to focus on the impact you can make on someone day by day, sharing what you know encouraging that person to be confident with their skills and ideas.”

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