Our Adjunct Orientation guides new adjunct faculty through the requirements and processes for teaching at Eastern.
It includes an overview of our mission, vision, and ethos; the structure and programs of the various colleges; faith integration; library services; and basic technology training.
Please follow along using this checklist to track your progress throughout the orientation.
Imagine a university where faculty help form men and women of faith who take Jesus seriously, where graduates transform the world through wisdom, knowledge, stewardship, and Christlike engagement.
Imagine a place where faith, reason, and justice are not just window dressing, but are at the core of who professors are and what they do. That place is Eastern University.
Imagine you... here at Eastern...
As an adjunct professor at Eastern University, you serve a vital role in helping us fulfill our mission (more below). We appreciate your willingness to bring your expertise and passion to enrich our students.
Working alongside more than 150 full-time faculty to serve more than 3700 students, adjunct instructors add an invaluable level of depth and breadth to our learning community.
Our goal at CTLT is to support excellence in teaching and learning. We are here to help you start well and continue to be successful throughout your teaching career at Eastern University.
Dear Adjunct Faculty Member,
Welcome to Eastern University -- a Christian academic community committed to developing compassionate people of faith, reason, and justice in service to God and the world. We are committed to excellence to the best of our ability and CTLT is designed to assist you as you prepare to work with the joy of our calling – our students!
Thank you for making us a better institution by joining us and teaching in an environment shaped and united by our efforts to be a premier model of Christian higher education.
Respectfully and gratefully,
Ronald A. Matthews,, Ph.D.
Getting to Know Eastern University
Eastern University is a Christian university dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service. The mission is confirmed and celebrated when graduates believe their way into knowledgeable action that influences the world in substantive ways.
Eastern University is dedicated to ideas, inquiry, and the development of people of faith who will enhance the quality of society and the church. Toward that end, Eastern will continue to expand its formative role in the world as a university in which knowledge and wisdom are imbued, Christ-like engagement is inspired, and stewardship is modeled.
Who We Are
Eastern University is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian university that integrates faith, reason and justice for its 3,762 students. Located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eastern offers undergraduate and graduate programs for college students, and strives to provide the very best. Eastern is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and has an interdenominational Christian student body, faculty and administration.
Faith and Ethos
Firmly rooted in the historic Christian tradition, Eastern welcomes all who seek truth and academic excellence. With Christ at our center, we believe in a core set of absolutes as described in our
Beyond this core, there is mutual respect for a diversity of views on the adiaphora—those things neither commanded nor forbidden by Scripture. Our community embraces varying positions on social issues, politics, justice, church practice, and so on. Faculty are free to engage one another in our understanding of these areas and in our personal preferences and convictions.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”
(Proverbs 27:17 NIRV).
We join with St. Augustine who said, “… but let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found, it belongs to his Master.”
This ethos requires a certain tolerance of ambiguity which, we acknowledge, does not suit everyone. If, however, this is an environment in which you can comfortably flourish, we invite you to consider becoming part of our faculty.
Therefore, we, the faculty, administration, and trustees of Eastern University, commit ourselves to serve as role models for our students, with whom we partner in living, learning, and discipleship. We also commit ourselves to the standards of Biblical conduct articulated in our Policies, Handbook, and Core Values.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”
(2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV).
Faith Integration in the Classroom
Please watch the videos below to hear how several Eastern University professors integrate faith and learning in the classroom.
"We want to bring faith into conjunction with scholarship, and we also want to bring theory into conjunction with practice."
Professor of Anthropology
Dean for the College of Health and Sciences