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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 […]

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

Never Give Up

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 […]

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



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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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. […]

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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 […]

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Graduate Certificates Versus the Ph.D.

By Melissa McDonald A couple months ago, my fellow Adjunct By Choice, Ron Tinsley, gave us his reasons for considering and then not pursuing a Ph.D. in “Just a Side of Fries, Please.” He writes, I’ve realized I can do this without a Ph.D. I may not be able to do it at a well […]

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