I Am India
By Dorinda Fox
A lightbulb went off over my head the other day while I sat listening to the budgetary woes of an academic department during a faculty meeting. Dire solutions are needed for dire situations.
I am India.
Meet dire solution #1:
- The per credit hour cost for me to teach a course will always be less than the per credit hour cost of a full-time faculty member.
- I don’t get benefits. Therefore, I do not complain when benefits are cut for cost saving reasons.
- I am not physically present to complain to administrators about office space, parking spaces, phone services, or copier privileges. Administrators do not have to see me. One of us would have to buy a plane ticket in order to meet. I don’t want an office and wonder how full-time faculty can go to the same place and see the same people every day.
- I don’t have an opinion that I care to express on the following: the merits of linguistic theory a la Chomsky vs. Lakoff, whether literature should be taught through the lens of Shakespeare or Stephen King, or if technical writing courses should be taught with a focus on service learning
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