Professor Procrastination—The Fine Art of Cleaning the Fridge While “Grading”

Professor Procrastination—The Fine Art of Cleaning the Fridge While “Grading”

by Linda Lyle Procrastination is the art of putting off until tomorrow what you don’t want to do today by doing something less distasteful. Usually, people put things off by checking their e-mail or Facebook. When faced with a deadline, I often procrastinate by doing things that make me feel productive while not actually doing […]

Motivation

by Shari Dinkins Zimmerman. He walks into the classroom, stalks really. Swings behind the podium without looking up. He is clutching a wizened copy of Dubliners. A student behind me moans, a soft exhale. I watch the instructor as he sets down a yellow legal pad. A worn British-style suit, stovepipe pants. He leans forward, […]

Why We Won’t Be Seeing an “Adjunct Spring” Anytime Soon

Why We Won’t Be Seeing an “Adjunct Spring” Anytime Soon

By Elayne Clift Is there any hope for college adjuncts? It was never my intention to teach when I was in the throes of my career as a health communications and gender specialist. But when I was invited to be a lecturer at Yale University’s School of Public Health I discovered I loved teaching, and […]

Anger in the Back Row

Anger in the Back Row

Kat Kiefer-Newman “Actors understand the infinite vastness hiding inside each human being, the characters not played, the characteristics not revealed. Schoolteachers can see every day that, given the chance, the sullen pupil in the back row can sing, dance, juggle, do mathematics, paint, and think.”—Wallace Shawn of My Dinner With Andre fame in his nonfiction […]

Why I Don’t Ditch College: An Entrepreneur’s Opinion

by Tyler Mahoney There is an old argument for avoiding higher education: "Bill Gates dropped out of college and he’s one of the richest men in the world." Isn’t that convincing? Along the same lines, many students and parents have noted that Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college to run Facebook, and have marveled at […]

My Adventures as a Full-Time Teacher and Part-Time Adjunct Professor

by Greg Cielec After teaching on the high school level for fifteen years, I found myself in a rut. I still liked teaching, but started to realize that more and more of what I did during my school day was becoming less and less about teaching, and more about too many other things I didn’t […]

I live in a van down by Duke University

by Ken Ilgunas first posted 12/6/09 to OpenSalon.com I was lying on the floor of my van where the middle pilot chairs used to be, trying to hide from view. This is it, I thought. They know. I’m going to get kicked out of Duke. Moments before, I had been cooking a pot of spaghetti […]

My Lazy American Students

by Kara Miller first published in The Boston Globe, 12/21/09 It was the kind of student conference I hate. “I’ll do better,’’ my student told me, leaning forward in his chair. “I know I’ve gotten behind this semester, but I’m going to turn things around. Would it be OK if I finished all my uncompleted […]

The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch

by Kip Lornell It took me the same number of years (seven-and-a-half) to earn a B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. as it did to help organize the part-time faculty The George Washington University and participate in the vote to ratify our initial contract. When an old friend called to congratulate me a few days after the […]