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Feeling Invisible? Do Something About It!

By Randy Eldridge

“Can I help you?” the young lady sitting at the colorfully decorated table asked me when I first walked into the building.

It was my first night teaching at this particular school. I had only been there two previous times for interviews and paperwork, and did not recognize anybody on this particular evening.

“Yes, can you tell me where room 302B is located?” I asked.

“Sure”, she happily replied. “Can you tell me what class you’re in, and I can look it up by your teacher’s name to make sure you’re going to the right place?”

Such is the life of an adjunct. I’m used to it. In fact, I’ve come to expect it. I chose this life, after all. That doesn’t always make it easy to deal with, however. Making your living as an Adjunct by Choice has many rewards and challenges.

Among those challenges is actually getting to know the permanent staff and faculty at the school where you’re teaching. In this particular “institute of higher learning,” I had only met two people: the Dean and the Department Chair. Everyone else was a stranger. In addition to knowing virtually no one, I wasn’t given

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2 Comments for “Feeling Invisible? Do Something About It!”

  1. Be proactive ummmm said the man lounging on his couch. Very good blo. Keep up the good work.

  2. [...] invisible where you teach is there anything you can do about it? Randy Eldridge contributes to our “Adjunct By Choice” blog. He writes: In the world of part-timers and adjuncts, you must be proactive in getting noticed [...]

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