All the World’s a Stage and Adjuncts, Merely Voters on It

All the World’s a Stage and Adjuncts, Merely Voters on It

by Alissa Montalbano Flustered by official analysis and ad nauseam personal opinions of politics spewed about using purported facts, and even, god forbid, math, we English Majors usually sit by the sidelines and watch elections unfold with a mixture of boredom and confusion. In truth, we are waiting for whoever is speaking to stop so […]

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.

Prof. Behind ‘Social Media Buddha’ Brand Unmasked as Total ‘Biyatch’

Prof. Behind ‘Social Media Buddha’ Brand Unmasked as Total ‘Biyatch’

A little satire from our friends at The Cronk of Higher Education Sociology Professor Linda Feaster, a.k.a. “The Social Media Buddha” to fans across the world for her inspiring, warmhearted hourly posts was revealed by peers and students Tuesday as a heartless shrew. “Our department had no idea Linda had such a widespread reputation for […]

Professor Embraces Flipped Classroom. “Twice As Much Time to Lecture!”

Professor Embraces Flipped Classroom. “Twice As Much Time to Lecture!”

from the Cronk of Higher Education Professor Rupert Villanueva returned from the recent Conference for Learning Engagement elated over a teaching model that many instructors presented about. “This is going to change everything!” said Villanueva about what is commonly called the “flipped classroom.” In order to maximize the time students spend discussing and analyzing information […]

An Adjunct Professor Confesses…

An Adjunct Professor Confesses…

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 […]

Flash Forward—A University Without Professors

Flash Forward—A University Without Professors

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Part-Time Paramours: Who’s Zooming Whom?

Part-Time Paramours: Who’s Zooming Whom?

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 […]

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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