Frequently Asked Questions

Background Check Questions

All of CSM's policy's (the Administrative Manual) are available on our website under Faculty and Staff on the home page.  To view the Background Check Policy click here.

General Employment Questions

No. The college does not pay for travel expenses or relocation expenses. For some positions the college will agree to conduct a telephone interview. If a follow up interview is necessary the college will not pay any of the expenses.

You may attach your transcripts, cover letter, and any other relevant documents to your application at the appropriate step.

No. CSM only accepts applications for advertised positions. You must indicate which position you are applying for.

The local libraries have computers with internet access available to the public. Also, the College of Southern Maryland has a library on the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses with computers with internet access available to the public. View more information on hours and locations of CSM libraries.

Applicants with disabilities who require special accommodations in order to apply for a position should contact the Human Resources Office at 301-934-7700 PRIOR to submitting the application.

Please make an appointment with a Career Services Specialist at any CSM campus. Please call 443-550-6026 to contact the Prince Frederick Campus, 240-725-5323 to contact the Leonardtown Campus, or 301-934-7569 for the La Plata Campus.

You must submit an application for each position you wish to be considered for. Once you create an account in NEOGOV and complete your basic information, such as address and education, you will not need to re-create that information each time. It is to your benefit, and you receive best consideration, if you tailor your application to each specific position.

You may upload reference letters with your application and other documents after you complete your application.

You will need an email address to create an account in NEOGOV. Free email accounts are available at various websites such as and

These websites are provided as information only - no endorsement is made or implied.

This means that the college will accept applications submitted online until the position is offered and accepted by a candidate. Positions that do not have a closing date and are indicated as "Open until filled" will have a first screening date advertised until that date has passed. Not all applications are necessarily screened for employment consideration. All applications that are submitted by the first screening date will be screened for the minimum qualifications. Those applicants who have met the minimum qualifications will be sent to the search committee. The applications received after the first screening date will be held for the second batch. If the search committee selects an applicant from the first batch, the position is closed. If the search committee does not hire an applicant from the first batch, the second batch is then screened for the minimum qualifications. The batch process will repeat until a hire is made.

Not necessarily. Applicants who have met the minimum qualifications will be sent to the Search Committee for review. The Search Committee will select the strongest applicants for interview. It is important that you reflect all of your education and experience on your application (including dates of employment).

Applicants will be notified when the position is closed. You will not be notified before the recruitment is complete because the Search Committee always has the option of re-reviewing applicants they have previously seen.

Yes, detailed position descriptions are available for all vacant positions on our website or by contacting the Human Resources Department at 301-934-7700.

CSM accepts applications for part-time temporary faculty for all areas at all times. When applying for part-time faculty, you are submitting your application to an applicant pool. Department Chairs access the applicant pool when there is a hiring need.

Student Employment Questions

Student employees consist of student assistants and Work Study students. A student assistant must be a registered CSM student, taking at least one class. A Work Study student must have filed a Federal Student Aid Application, be enrolled in at least six credits per semester, and must qualify for the Federal Work Study Program. All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid since there are grants and scholarships for which they may be qualified.

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You may be eligible to be hired as a Federal Work-Study Student if you have met all of the following:

  1. You file a Federal Student Aid Application (the same application used for Pell Grant).
  2. You are enrolled in at least six credits per semester.
  3. You contact the Financial Assistance Department to have the amount of your Work-Study eligibility determined.

For more information on Work Study eligibility, contact the Financial Assistance Department at CSM at 301-934-7531.

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Pay and Benefit Questions

Part-time temporary faculty teach a variety of courses, including traditional classroom, distance learning, lab, self-paced, continuing education, and corporate training courses. Some courses are brief, lasting only a few hours, while others last the entire semester and require extensive classroom instruction.

Since the types of courses adjunct faculty teach vary widely, no one pay scale reflects all the possibilities. For information about the pay for a specific course, you will need to contact the chair of the appropriate academic department.

Pay increases with teaching experience at CSM. The chart below gives the current pay for many credit courses. One hour of class time per week equals one load equivalent.


This Part-Time Teaching Salary Table is effective with the Fall 2022 semester. The Colleague table was updated 8/25/2021.



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Tuition Waiver: Part-time faculty members who teach a minimum of three credits (or forty-five contact hours) during a semester receive a tuition waiver for CSM classes that they take during the semester in which they teach. For more details about receiving a tuition waiver, contact Human Resources, La Plata Campus, Campus Center (CC Building), Room 212, for forms or call 301-934-7700. In order to receive the waiver, you must be registered as a student. Contact the Registrar’s office at 301-934-7588 to complete your student registration first.

Fitness Exercise Facilities: Fitness centers, located on the La Plata and Leonardtown campuses, provide physical fitness assessments and individualized exercise programs. The centers house circuit weight training equipment, free weights, exercise bikes, and stair climbers. All employees may join the Fitness Exercise Lab by showing evidence of current employment. This includes access to the fitness center, pool, and aerobics classes as listed in the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes. For information about signing up for any of these credit-free classes call (301)934-7726.

Free Lockers: For storage of personal items, secure lockers are available at no cost on the La Plata Campus. Contact the department's Administrative Assistant for information.

Membership in the Educational Systems Employees Federal Credit Union (ESFCU) or the Naval Research Lab Federal Credit Union(NRLFCU): ESFCU and NRLFCU are full service financial institutions. Available services include savings accounts, share draft checking accounts with no minimum balance requirements and no monthly service charges, special purpose club accounts; money market accounts, IRA savings & certificate accounts; various loans, and online banking. For more information visit or

Free Educational Training Opportunities: Periodically, CSM offers a variety of training opportunities in technology and other areas that facilitate quality teaching.

Teaching Resource Centers: The Distance Learning and Faculty Development (DLF) Division provides specialized hardware, software, materials and staff to support CSM Faculty. Visit the DLF Lab in LR 202 at the La Plata campus, the Adjunct Faculty Room in A103 at the Leonardtown Campus, or Room 234 in the A building at the Prince Frederick campus. 

The Friday Report: CSM's weekly newsletter, provides current information about educational opportunities and other college events. The Friday Report is available on-line.

Mentoring by Experienced Faculty Members: Each new adjunct faculty member is assigned to an experienced faculty department member. The mentor is available by telephone, email, and in person to facilitate teaching responsibilities for the adjunct. Contact full-time faculty members Sandra Poinsett, Mary Beth Klinger, or John Wilson for more information 301-934-2251.

College Store Discount: Part-time faculty members enjoy a 15% discount off general merchandise and general interest books and 10% off textbooks at the CSM College Store on all campuses. Inquire at the book stores for details.

Free Voicemail and email Accounts: Both voicemail and email accounts are available at no cost to all adjunct faculty. Contact the department's Administrative Assistant for information.

Office and Teaching Supplies: Basic office supplies are available through the department's Administrative Assistant.

Duplication of Classroom Materials: Copying is available for adjunct faculty at all CSM campuses. Small duplication projects can be done by the individual instructor, using cost codes provided by the La Plata administration. Additionally, duplication for larger projects is available through the print shops at each campus. Contact the department's Administrative Assistant for additional information.

Salaries for tenure track faculty positions are based upon placement in rank which is done by the academic deans.

All faculty members are initially assigned to a rank based on their education, professional (non-classroom) experience, and/or teaching experience.


This scale is effective with the Fall 2021 semester and no change was communicated to HRD for the Fall 2022 semester. There is no Colleague table; you must enter the compensation. The Faculty Handbook reflects these rates.


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Each position is assigned a grade that corresponds to a salary range. Except for designated hard-to-hire positions, salaries are established at the beginning of the salary range for the position's grade. The designation of hard-to-hire is used where a recruitment yields a limited number of qualified applicants and an increased salary is necessary to fill the position. Individual salaries for hard-to-hire positions may be subject to negotiation at the time of hire.

Positions that are not designated as hard to hire will start at the minimum of the grade. Positions that are designated as hard to hire may start above the minimum of the grade but they usually do not start above the mid-point of the salary range.
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