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Adjunct has a couple of noun and adjective meanings. I’m not too sure how some professors feel about that. Why do I say that? Stay tuned.

As a noun, an adjunct is something that is added to something else, but is not an essential component of it. In addition, grammatically speaking, an adjunct is a word or phrase that modifies another word or phrase in a sentence, but is not essential to the sentence.

As an adjective, adjunct means that the person or thing being talked about is connected to or added to something else, but it is supplemental to it rather than being necessary.

In the academic realm, an adjunct professor serves in the professor role on a temporary basis or as an assistant to another professor.

Here’s what I asked you to stay tuned to read: What I was wondering was, how do adjunct professors feel about the fact that in it’s other, very much related definitions, “not strictly essential” is part of the definition of adjunct.

Doesn’t it suggest something along the lines of, “Thank you, Professor Schlemiel, for teaching this course, but we could have done just as well without you?”

In light of that, I would think that adjunct professors would go around all day proclaiming loudly that the “adjunct” in their title has absolutely nothing to do with the other uses of adjunct. Otherwise, they may develop self-esteem issues.

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