Lifting up Mine Eyes–Finally

Lifting up Mine Eyes–Finally

by Dr. Allison Dube I have always argued that though we sessional instructors give great service and commitment to the University of Calgary, the unfairness of our working conditions has grown to a situation that is now laughable. Every experience is an opportunity to learn, however, and though sessional issues may remain a subtext here, […]

Throwing Darts at Adjunct Activists

Throwing Darts at Adjunct Activists

Untitled Documentby Keith Hoeller For nearly twenty years, I have devoted my life to achieving equality for adjunct faculty throughout the nation. I have published twenty opinion articles in newspapers around the country; I have been quoted in scores of newspaper articles; I have drafted two dozen bills for the Washington state legislature, including one […]

On Competition

by Laura Yeager The same part-timer has won “Adjunct of the Year” two years in a row. He’s good, but you know you’re just as good as he is. He has the edge because he wears a clean, pressed shirt and a tie every day. He looks efficient, capable and smart. You wear peasant skirts […]

Txt msgs and intrnt abbrvs bad for society

by Sarah Khalil Every day of my life, I sign onto AIM in hopes of chatting with a few of my friends. Things will go smoothly for about five minutes, until someone responds with the inevitable ridiculous abbreviation or smiley face. According to those I speak to, I must be quite the entertainer. The phrase […]

The Joys of Being Let Go

The Joys of Being Let Go

by Laura Yeager I’ve been an adjunct off and on since 1988. I’ve taught part-time English classes in Iowa, Ohio, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. For the most part, I’ve chosen my adjunct lifestyle so that I could have time to do my own freelance writing. I have also taught full-time at two universities. The most classes […]

On Babies

by Oronte Churm Readers of my regular dispatches for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency email me to say, “Oronte, you’re so erudite, so urbane! Your prose sparkles like a gin bottle at the dump! How is it you’re still just an adjunct?” To them, I reply: Nothing like a little hot sauce in the old canker sores, […]

An Adjunct in the Real World: Or, Ten Reasons to Leave Your Higher Degree(s) Off Your Résumé

An Adjunct in the Real World: Or, Ten Reasons to Leave Your Higher Degree(s) Off Your Résumé

by Jude Fawley On the second day of my last full-time (temporary) job, my shift manager, “Frank,” pulled up a chair and leaned in close. He wanted to know a little more about me. When I mentioned that I’d taught college for over ten years, he caught me by surprise by asking, “So you have […]

Dispatches from Adjunct Faculty: On Comp. Copies

by Oronte Churm, an obvious pseudonym AT HINTERLAND UNIVERSITY, there are three ways to come by examination or desk copies of textbooks. The first is to email our textbook reps., who are unfailingly polite and prompt in filling requests. The second is to attend one of the “book fairs” that take place monthly in the […]

Dispatches from Adjunct Faculty at a Large State University: On Tenacity

by Oronte Churm, an obvious pseudonym Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’pigeon. One night in Hanoi, before official U.S. rapprochement with Vietnam, Frenchy and I were in the Piano Restaurant and Bar awaiting the house special—Roasted Pigeon With Five Tastes. Frenchy wanted the dish, he said, because he didn’t think they could do it. We […]

Dispatches from Adjunct Faculty at a Large State University: DISPATCH 1 | ON INTRODUCTIONS

Dispatches from Adjunct Faculty at a Large State University: DISPATCH 1 | ON INTRODUCTIONS

by Oronte Churm, an obvious pseudonym My sister gets a bucket load of satisfaction from telling her friends and co-workers that I’m a professor. I’m not, of course. I’m a lecturer, which means I will never hold the title of professor at this university. I’m adjunct faculty: “connected to a larger or more important thing”; […]