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Unemployed Summer – Death of an Adjunct #1


by Monica Paige DePaul I have recently finished the last of my grading for the spring 2016 semester. The essays weren’t bad, all things considered, but I’m still drowning in anxiety for a different reason. Every summer term, I need to endure about eight weeks or so of having no income at all—hardly anyone signs […]

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Jokes and Kim Kardashian: Keeping Students Motivated


by Jenny Ortiz A a Freeway Flyer, I’ve been given some tough time slots to teach. Currently I have a 7 in the morning business writing class at St. John’s and at at LaGuardia Community College a 6 in the evening writing class that ends at 10  (this is alongside my other courses for the semester) […]

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Bad News Bears: Breaking Bad News To Students


by Jenny Ortiz When it comes  giving a negative message, Gerald Alred cites Francis Weeks in saying, “to be completely direct and forthright, striking to the heart of the matter immediately, is also to be blunt and perhaps offensive. To be direct is to be polite and considerate” then again she writes, “to be direct […]

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Adjunct Instructors’ Outlook on Full-Time Employment


by Tami Strang If you’ve been following education news lately, you’ve probably read at least one article that discusses the struggles that many adjunct instructors are having as they seek full-time employment at colleges and universities. Though many can find work as adjuncts, the prospects for full-time, permanent positions are not as bright. In our Spring 2015 Instructor Engagement Insights […]

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TechKNOWLEDGE-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students, and You


by Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, M.A. Teaching faculty know that social media is no longer just for “liking” photos, updating Facebook timelines, and re-tweeting the latest news from higher education. In her eight-minute podcast “TECH-knowledge-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students and You,” Cengage Learning Senior Digital Educator Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, M.A., discusses how social media tools and […]

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Planning for the Worst: The Story of Robin Meade


By Robin Meade I was sitting in my deposition with the John Murphey, the college attorney sternly questioning me about my claim for damages. I didn’t go to a doctor to be diagnosed for depression because I didn’t have the money. He asked why I didn’t go see a doctor after I found a full time job and […]

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Adjuncts Who Teach For The Love of It ARE the Problem


The following was posted to CASA, a “home online for casual, adjunct, sessional staff and their allies in Australian Higher Education.” In case you thought higher ed. in Oz might be a dream for those who teach as adjuncts, the low pay and lack of institutional support for and over-reliance on temp faculty is just […]

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Is It My Fault If I Can’t Find FT Teaching?


by Jill Darling I started writing this mini-essay project on contingency at the beginning of the year, and thought I would continue for the duration of 2015. But now I think I am done here. I will say, it has often helped. Writing can often help. There are so many issues in the higher ed world, the […]

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Post-Modern Superhero: The Freeway Flyer


By Jenny Ortiz As the Freeway Flyer, I’m realizing just how post-modern my life is—constantly  deconstructing, reconstructing, dissecting, and redeveloping the collage of life experiences to state to my Department Chairs that “I can do that,” and then repeating the same process in order to figure out if I can actually teach the course that […]

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Profile in Courage: 70-Year-Old Philly Freeway Flyer Juggles Classes and Chemo

Cecilia Ready

by Monica Yant Kinney Cecilia Ready lives up to her name. We’d just started talking about what it’s like to be a 70-year-old adjunct professor working through a third bout of cancer when Ready’s tongue grew heavy and she began slurring her words. “Come,” she insists calmly after calling her doctor, “we’ll do the interview in […]

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