The Pre-Med Student and the French Surrealist

Long ago and in a place that seems further and further away the older I get, I befriended the oral surgeon who operated on my jaw. She had—it seemed to me at the time magical—ability to anticipate the next spike of pain: a microsecond before the pain escalated to intolerable, she firmly pressed with her […]

Student evaluations

Hi All!

I am sure by now most of us have read through our student evaluation of us and either don’t really care what it does, are frustrated with what it says, or are actually happy with the responses. This semester, I am personally a little frustrated with some of the responses. Sometimes the students […]

Cramming it In : Summer Sessions

When teaching in the fall or spring semester , it seems easy enough to follow a syllabus. You have fifteen weeks to manage a course, steer your curriculum and accomplish the goals you have set for the class.

I am just now remembering that summer sessions are a completely different animal. The program in which […]

Jenny Porter

Hi Everyone! I’m an adjunct lecturer at Queens College teaching Psy 107: Introduction to Statistics. I also work full-time as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Yoko Nomura in the Psychology Department, studying the effects of maternal stress and prenatal environment on child development. I have a Master’s in Psychology and am applying […]

Institutional Loyalty to Adjunct Faculty

So far, I have found my department to be loyal, after all I am still teaching here. They have given me a course (or once two) each semester since I had started here. The annoying thing is that at this point I am considered an external adjunct (meaning I am not a student in the […]

End of Semester

The official topic of the month is about the commencement, and endings and beginnings and what not. I personally didn’t go to my graduation or commencement ceremony when I was in undergrad. Not that I don’t find it important, after all, it is an exciting day to celebrate four years of education (or more or less) […]

How did you spend your spring break?

Hi,

I missed April, but figured it’s still the beginning of May, so I can get away with this topic.

I am Jewish so Spring break isn’t so much of a break, it’s more of just a break from classes, as I  celebrate the holiday of Passover. It’s actually nice to have one week where […]