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An Adjunct Professor Confesses…

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by John Brown [Imaginary dialogue based on Catholic confessions I willingly endured during my Catholic adolescence in the 1960s; doubtless the format/questions/vocabulary have much changed since that epoch.] Georgetown adjunct professor [GAP, yours truly]: Bless me Father, for I have sinned. Priest: I bless you, my son. What sins do you confess? GAP: I have […]

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Flash Forward—A University Without Professors

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by Toxteth Appleteat Editor’s note: This is satire, and hopefully not a predictor. For Immediate Release INTRODUCING FREEDOM UNIVERSITY Leading the way in for-profit education Freedom University (FU) is the first of its kind to offer an education dedicated to mass, fast-track degree completion programs, without the burden of faculty bogging down the process. FU […]

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A Little Raillery: Long-time Adjunct Instructor Lands Job as President of University

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Following a lengthy search for a new president, marked by the firing of two very expensive search firms, the Board of Trustees at City State University has announced an unparalleled decision in the appointment of Dr. Amy Wits, an adjunct instructor of communications, drawn from CSU’s own ranks. This is the first time in known […]

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A Little Raillery: An Open Letter to American Parents From the PT Prof Proletariat

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by Kathryn A. Higgins One day while I was waiting in line for my daily one free cup of coffee – a perquisite of my job of being an adjunct college professor — a colleague of mine surreptitiously stuffed this into my (enormous, paper-laden) book bag. Although the noise and confusion in the busy cafeteria […]

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Part-Time Paramours: Who’s Zooming Whom?

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By Kat Kiefer-Newman Over the holidays I went to a department Christmas party with a friend and fellow adjunct professor. This was a party thrown by the Chair of the Department at one of the colleges my friend (not I) teaches at, and both full-time and part-time faculty members mingled. I went with him because […]

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My Students’ Heinous Spelling Is Killing Me

by Kat Kiefer-Newman I have another sore throat, and the damp-rainy season here in Southern California has only just started. I’m actually quite healthy, overall, but because I’m in the classroom (closed, cramped, crowded) my immune system just can’t protect me. Think of one of Lady GaGa’s bodyguards trying to get her across the street […]

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Wardrobe Duplication and Mismatched Shoes. What, Me Worry?

By Kat Kiefer-Newman Have you ever been halfway through a lecture and thought: “Wait, didn’t I cover this last week?” Maybe it’s me, but sometimes the lectures start to run together and I get a little confused about if I’ve already said this or that thing; or, worse, whether I’ve already told that joke. As […]

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Effective Speaking

by Mary McDermott It was by accident that I became an Effective Speaking teacher. I applied at the local community college to teach English a couple weeks before the semester was scheduled to begin. “I don’t have any English classes,” said Jim Morgan, the Chairman of the English/Communications Department, “but I do have one Effective […]

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A Room of One’s Own

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How to Team Teach and Do Nothing At All

by Shari Dinkins You been given your first assignment team teaching–but you have no time to actually teach the darn thing. What to do? Tell the Chair that you can’t handle half of three units? Don’t despair. You can get paid for team teaching without actually doing any work. Here’s how: ESTABLISH YOURSELF AS A […]

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