Cover letter for an adjunct professor (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for an adjunct professor.”

Cover letter examples for an adjunct professor

When writing an adjunct professor cover letter, these are some of the important things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the name of the recipient, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1:

“June 2, 2020

Marcus Green, Dean

Department of Engineering, University of Kansas

1450 Main St.

Lawrence, KS 66045

Re: Adjunct professor position

Dear Dean Green,

I found your posting for an engineering adjunct professor on the careers section of the university’s site. I am highly interested in the position and am confident my training and knowledge will provide the foundation for a successful teaching career. As a UK alum, I am thrilled at the possibility of giving back to the community that helped shape my professional trajectory.

I have been working as lead engineer at Mason Technologies for the past three years. This role requires me to lead a team of 26 engineers. I hold weekly staff meetings and present policy updates, share company goals and recognize staff members’ achievements. I have developed a strong bond with my team and feel comfortable speaking to a large group. I am highly organized to manage multiple projects and can build relationships with a diverse group of employees.

During my five years as an engineer, I have been committed to staying updated with industry advancements and current best practices. I am our company’s representative at the annual International Engineering Associates conference. The first year I attended, I suggested giving a presentation to the engineering team so brief them on what I learned. The presentation was so successful that I give one each year when I return from the conference, and this year was my fourth presentation.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss my skills and experience in an interview. I believe my passion for and knowledge of the field will provide a valuable asset to the university. You can contact me at or 123-555-4567. I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Dana Morris”

Sample 2:

“Madelynn Wilkinson

City, State, Zip Code

Home : 000-000-0000 Cell: 000-000-0000

Dear Ms. Horowitz,

I am writing to apply for the Adjunct Faculty position in the English Department at Company Name. I hold a Ph.D. in English Literature and have four years of teaching experience at the postsecondary level.

As an English Adjunct Faculty member at Geneva University, I teach three courses in literature and writing. I have extensive knowledge of all periods of literature and am also able to teach writing courses as I hold a Master of Fine Arts degree as well. My organizational skills and flexibility allow me to manage a full course load if necessary. My teaching methods have earned me much praise. I’ve been told by both students and supervisors that I am able to make abstract concepts fun and understandable. I enjoy helping students to develop a love and understanding of literature through teaching strategies that address varied learning preferences.

I am confident that you’ll find my qualifications on par with your Adjunct Faculty needs and that I can bring a level of energy competence and professionalism to the English Department at Company Name. Please do not hesitate to reach out to set up an interview at your earliest convenience. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.


Madelynn Wilkinson”

Sample 3:

“Jensen Pope

(111) 789-3456


Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m honored to apply to the Adjunct Faculty position at Clearwater University. As I’m currently working on my Ph.D. in mathematical physics at Clearwater, this role will provide me with valuable experience that will ready me to become a full professor once my thesis is complete. I am not only a diligent researcher in my chosen field, but I’m also able to use that diligence to prepare lesson plans for full professors at the university and assist them by grading papers, answering students’ questions during office hours and helping to teach students.

After finishing my B.S. and M.S. in mathematical physics at Clearwater, my sterling academic record earned me immediate acceptance into the Ph.D. program. Since I want to devote myself to investigating the mysteries of the physical universe and inspiring students with the same awe and wonder that I feel for these things, I would like to become an Adjunct Faculty member as I work on my Ph.D. I already have some teaching experience that I picked up as a teaching assistant while working on my master’s degree. Feedback from my professors confirms that I’m able to effectively respond to students’ needs, answer their questions, provide engaging and stimulating lectures and clearly explain difficult concepts to them. My student evaluations have been excellent, and in one of my recent classes, 86% of my students earned an A on their final exam.

Beyond this, I also assist professors in creating lesson plans and offer suggestions on how best to make sure that students can understand the course material. I grade exams and homework assignments efficiently and make sure that all work is completed on time.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. My experience as a student at Clearwater University has been enormously rewarding, and I’m excited to have the chance to give back and join the faculty that’s lit such a strong passion for learning in me. It is a privilege I hope to have as we move forward in the hiring process.


Jensen Pope”

Sample 4:

“Dear Mr. Dunn,

As a highly enthusiastic individual with hands-on teaching experience, I am positive that I have much to contribute to the success of Downtown University. My natural flair for helping students meet their educational goals and career aspirations is an asset all of my students appreciate.

My extensive teaching experience pairs wells with a proven track record of consistently enhancing the GPAs of my students. I was able to achieve success through the initiation of contemporary teaching approaches and integration of innovative technologies. I am eager to contribute similar success models to your mission.

I have expertise in classroom management, lesson planning, and implementation. I also am adept at assessing and grading students’ progress with a full command on various disciplines. I firmly believe that my subject knowledge coupled with a profound ability to develop innovative and contemporary lesson plans will be very useful.

My attached resume further details my relevant professional accomplishments in the role of adjunct professor. Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to hear from you soon.”

Sample 5:

“Dear Mrs. Jones,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Adjunct Professor with Edgewater College.

I recently graduated with my master’s degree in teaching and have accumulated 20 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. My speciality is teaching both communications and humanities.

As an educator, I am committed to providing the same quality education to students, regardless of their background, age, or race. I also firmly believe in communicating clearly and promptly with students, always being transparent in my interactions and feedback.

I possess a working knowledge of the AP style and am adept at creating curriculum and grading tests. I believe in managing my class with a firm hand while also giving my students creative freedom.

I am passionate about engaging with students in new and innovative ways. Rather than lecturing for an entire class, I like to interact with students using games, projects, and quizzes.

Your Adjunct Professor position excites me because it would allow me to apply everything I have learned during my studies to the real world.

I have attached my resume to this application for you to review and am available to interview at your convenience. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!


[Your Name]

[Phone Number]


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an adjunct professor?

An adjunct professor is an instructor at a college or university who works on a contractual basis. They typically work part-time hours teaching classes.

What does an adjunct professor do?

Adjunct professors perform the following duties:

  • Creating a course syllabus.
  • Teaching undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Planning lectures, presentations, assignments and other instructional content.
  • Creating, administering and grading quizzes and exams.

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