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Even Adjuncts By Choice Have To Pay Our Dues

By Randy Eldridge

My first teaching interview! I was so excited. The Department Chair had called me within a week of me sending in my resume asking me if I was still interested. “Absolutely!” I responded. I was on my way, I thought. Soon, I would have classes filled with students eager to learn and soak up the information I was about to give them. It was going to be great. I would start out teaching a class here and there, and still maintain my normal schedule. It was going to be a piece of cake. Then, I went to the interview.

The Department Chair was wonderful. In fact, she’s still my boss and I consider her a friend. The interview went exceedingly well. Megan is an attorney and former prosecutor and I’m a former probation officer, so we had a lot to talk about — the school, our past experiences, our families. She even told me right off the top how much they paid.

“I have it in the bag,” I remember thinking.

At the time she interviewed me, however, she was in dire need (I should have known something was up when I got that phone call so

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