Why Adjuncts Shouldn’t Need Ph.D.s

Why Adjuncts Shouldn’t Need Ph.D.s

by Jonathan Rick When hiring a professor, nearly every college uses commonly agreed-upon criteria. Among these, perhaps the most important is whether the applicant has a graduate degree. On one hand, credentials are a critical part of a school’s brand. Given that students are paying an arm and a leg for tuition, it’s helpful when […]

Call Me Adjunct

Call Me Adjunct

While all higher educational institutions resemble each other on the surface, each one is bizarre in its own unique way. Universities, for example, make a big production of registering us, completing stacks of paperwork, background checks, fingerprinting, and the like. All this occurs while we carefully navigate Charybdis and Scylla to show a lively interest in the position without exhibiting the desire, or worse, the assumption, that we will be asked to return next semester.

How to Land a Part-Time Teaching Job

How to Land a Part-Time Teaching Job

A 2009 Money magazine article entitled “5 Ways to Pump up Your Income” recommended college teaching to part-time employment seekers. Let’s be clear: teaching college part-time, as a rule, will not lead to full-time teaching jobs. On average, part-time faculty earn $2,500 per class. No one is going to get rich teaching part-time. However, for […]

Get A “Real Job?” Teaching Part-Time IS A Real Job!

Get A “Real Job?” Teaching Part-Time IS A Real Job!

by Linda Lyle For nearly a decade, I worked as a full-time part-time adjunct. Translation: I worked part-time for multiple schools so that I had the equivalent of a full load. A merger between the technical school and the community college where I had been working cut my class offerings in half, so I had […]

Being an Adjunct By Choice Is Often All About Timing and Persistence

Being an Adjunct By Choice Is Often All About Timing and Persistence

By Randy Eldridge It’s been awhile since my last blog and I sure have missed this place! Why, you are asking, have I not posted? Well, before you just decide that I’ve been lazy and slacking off…which I totally would understand….that is not the reason. The reason is because, as an adjunct by choice, I […]

Adjunct by Choice – Adjunct Teaching Is NOT Slave Labor. Ever.

Adjunct by Choice – Adjunct Teaching Is NOT Slave Labor. Ever.

By Randy Eldridge Slave labor. Exploited. Manipulated. Abysmal. Degrading. Not respected. These are all words that I see whenever I’m reading an article or a post about being an adjunct instructor, regardless of what website or article that I’m reading. They’re also words that I hate when it comes to describing some people’s chosen profession. Finally, […]

If You’re Complaining, Maybe It’s Time For A New Job

If You’re Complaining, Maybe It’s Time For A New Job

By Randy Eldridge I recently came across an article in the Economist that argued that obtaining a Ph.D. was essentially a waste of time. Not to repeat the entire article, what the author bitterly (in my opinion) claims is that the university system “churns” out Ph.D.s at an exceedingly high rate and that there is […]

Adjunct By Choice: From Adjunct to Full-Time? Maybe. Or Not.

Adjunct By Choice: From Adjunct to Full-Time? Maybe. Or Not.

By Randy Eldridge If any of you have read any of my previous blogs, you’re familiar with Dr. Abbott. He’s my department chair and a great guy. In fact, he’s really one of the best people that I’ve worked for, both in and out of the education field. How he does his job, however, is […]

The Adjunct + Facebook = Disaster?

By Randy Eldridge Ok, I admit it. I’m 42 and I use Facebook. A lot. Maybe even too much. I was never on Myspace or any other social networking site you can think of. I’ve used LinkedIn for a long time primarily for professional networking purposes. Oh, and I also have a Twitter account. I […]

Student Reviews: Bad Reviews Are Earned Sometimes

By Randy Eldridge “Mr. Eldridge has been the best instructor that I’ve had since I’ve been here.” Great, I remember thinking after reading that and several other positive comments. That comment will always stick with me. It was one of the very first student reviews that I received when I first began teaching. It was […]

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