The Institute for Part-Time Faculty Engagement & Support
About The Institute
Part-time faculty play a critically important role in the Montgomery College community. Montgomery College greatly values the contributions made by its part-time faculty members in achieving the educational mission of the College, and providing breadth, vibrancy, and flexibility in its programs. Students benefit markedly by the real-world expertise imparted by part-time faculty who represent a vast array of professional areas.
The Institute was designed to better incorporate the contributions made by part-time faculty into the essence of the College's operation. It serves as a central hub for new and current part-time faculty seeking general college information, as well as an avenue to support part-time faculty professional development. Adjuncts have the opportunity to serve as Senior Part-time Faculty Associates, Part-time Faculty Associates, and/or Project Coordinators within the Institute.
Senior Part-time Faculty Associates' (SPTFA) Role
SPTFAs serve as campus liaisons, responding to adjunct inquiries that may be campus specific. They also spearhead some of the Institute's larger projects (e.g., Conferences and Awards Banquets). Additionally, SPTFAs support part-time faculty associates in their role.
Part-time Faculty Associates' (PTFA) Role
In an effort to better support departmental initiatives, this semester the Institute restructured the process for appointing a Part-time Faculty Associate to incorporate participation from Provosts, Deans, and Chairs in the selection process. Deans worked with their chairs to nominate an adjunct who demonstrated leadership capabilities, collegiality, and enthusiasm for helping to keep adjuncts connected and engaged.
Part-time Faculty Associates serve as liaisons between the Institute and adjuncts within their assigned academic department, ensuring that adjuncts receive timely information pertaining to their role. They also serve as liaisons between department leadership team and adjuncts, supporting the efforts of the chair and dean as requested.
Project Coordinators' Role
Project Coordinators work directly with the Institute on specific projects necessary for helping to expand its reach and effectiveness.
We are evolving into a vital hub of information and resources for part-time faculty on the campuses and in our Workforce Development & Continuing Education unit. Thank you for visiting our site. If you have ideas and suggestions about the website and the development of the Institute please contact us at 240-567-4545.
Dr. Rachel Bonaparte-Hagos
Dr. Bonaparte-Hagos is the newly appointed interim director of the Institute of Part-Time Faculty Engagement and Support. She began her career at Montgomery College as a part-time Communication Studies faculty member in 2013 while teaching also at Howard Community College and Prince George’s Community College. She has been chair of the Department of English Language for Academic Purposes, Linguistics, and Communication Studies at the Rockville campus since 2018. Dr. Bonaparte-Hagos holds a B.A. in Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media (Temple University), an M.A. in Mass Media (Miami University), an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development (Widener University), and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (Delaware State University).
As someone who grew up disliking school for a number of reasons, but mostly because
of its mundane nature, Dr. Bonaparte-Hagos’ passion is ultimately to support part-time
faculty in their efforts to grow as instructors and effectively engage students so
that they can achieve their goals.
Part-Time Faculty Resources
- Achieving The Promise Academy
- ELITE Faculty Associates
- Institute for Part-time Faculty Engagement & Support
- MC Learning Centers
This list is not exhaustive. Other opportunities may become available through individual departments and units as the need arises.
MC Libraries: Save Precious Time (PDF, )
This slideshow contains important information about MC Libraries locations, website, reserve services, library collections, information literacy, and more.
Classroom Literacy (PDF, )
How to design techniques to “teach reading” to your students which include the importance of “taking a textbook walk” during the first week of classes and identifying text features within textbooks.
Technology Resources in the Libraries (PDF, )
Outlined in this brochure are some of these resources, and some of the guidelines for their use. In addition to those outlined, each campus library has a WEPA print kiosk, WiFi throughout the library, and MS Office software installed on each library computer.
Student Assistance Information
MC Syllabus: Important Links for Students
In addition to course requirements and objectives that are in this syllabus, Montgomery College has information on its website to assist students in having a successful experience both inside and outside of the classroom.
Emergency Evacuation Assistance
Any student who may need assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation must identify to the Disability Support Services Office.
The Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) provides faculty with all the technical support they need in regard to obtaining information for teaching on-campus and online. View our workshop calendar for upcoming events and a list of workshop descriptions.
To find out more information and to register for ELITE workshops, please visit the MC Learns page under MyMC (Training & Development Tab). If you have questions on one or more of the workshops, please look inside MC Learns for the workshop facilitator's contact information.
For general distance learning related questions, please contact Jeana Beaulieu.
All other teaching related questions, please contact Sharmini Azeez.
Our office is opened from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence
900 Hungerford Drive, Suite 342
Rockville, MD 20850
Takoma Park/Silver Spring (Map)
7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WD&CE)
Gaithersburg Business Training Center
12 South Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
240-567-1863 | Email
Westfield South Center
11002 Veirs Mill Rd, 306
Wheaton, MD 20902
240-567-5188 | Email
Congratulations - your collective bargaining agreement with Montgomery College represents
a historic first event for part-time faculty in the state of Maryland. Under the contract,
part-time professors at MC enjoy increased job security and protection against unfair
discharge, pay improvements, an increase in the number of credit hours that a part-timer
can teach and a commitment by the College to explore the issues of pay equity and
health care access for part-timers.
Local 500's offices
901 Russell Avenue , Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
9 a.m.–noon and 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Monday - Friday