The Life of an Adjunct: Avoiding High Anxiety With Better Time Management
By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA
When you think about your weekly facilitation duties, do you feel prepared or do you experience anxiety? Adjunct instructors understand the importance of effectively managing their time. The basic responsibilities that are likely to be addressed each week include overseeing classroom operations, interacting with students through class discussions, creating a supportive learning environment that is focused on meeting students’ developmental needs, and meeting specific facilitation requirements such as completing feedback. This requires a significant investment of time, energy, and effort. Development of an effective time management plan requires an adjunct to find tools and techniques that help them to meet these requirements in a timely and productive manner.
Start with a Review
A quick review of an instructor’s current time management plan is an effective starting point for determining strengths and areas of needed development. Select any recent class week and conduct a review of the weekly tasks and how those requirements were met. Here are some questions to consider:
A. Were the facilitation requirements completed on time, prior to the deadlines, or after the due date?
B. During this selected week were there any feelings of stress?
C. Were there any required facilitation duties
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