The Boy Scouts of America have a motto that simply says “Be prepared.” There is an adage called “Murphy’s Law” that says “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” If you put this motto and adage together and give it a slightly new twist, you have the Frequent Flyer Law: Be prepared, because anything […]
Since we have a grading system that sets C in the middle, as the median, then we need to start treating C as the norm it truly is.
A lot of us laboring in the academic salt mines of adjunctdom tend to just keep grinding on, either content with our lot or hoping things will improve on their own. The identity of teacher/professor can be almost hermetically sealed, or close enough that we forget there are options, even options that will allow us […]
What is the maximum course load that an online instructor should undertake? Does the fact that a person can work at home provide the increased energy and stamina to teach more classes than a face-to-face adjunct? Is there a set saturation point when teaching effectiveness is diminished in the online environment? I believe there is, […]
How many times have you logged into your college mail accounts only to be overwhelmed by an avalanche of information, and then to realize that none of it pertains to your life as an adjunct? Last week, my husband and I were grading student work and prepping for upcoming classes in our home office. I […]
This morning I was standing in an urban classroom teaching the political ramifications of death for Westerners as viewed through a Japanese lens. In a few hours, I will be teaching college-level writing at a high school (this is a satellite location for a different college) in what is lovingly referred to by residents as […]
We can make a difference in how much a student commits to our course, regardless of subject, and that the way to do so begins with the first day of class.
The early weeks of a new semester can be a challenge to smile through when an instructor is on a different campus or college each day. At one college, the books for a new class are coming in to the bookstore, but seemingly, only three at a time. At another college, the parking pass is […]
Teaching online can provide a great deal of flexibility in a workday. You can teach anywhere and anytime; all you need is a computer and an Internet connection. Many online adjunct faculty find the flexibility to be one of the biggest benefits of the job, and some are willing to accept lower pay in exchange […]
For an adjunct, one of the biggest hassles can be managing diverse avenues of communication at multiple schools.