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Adjuncting while dissertating

This is the last semester I will be adjuncting while working on a dissertation. By April, hopefully, I will have defended. Which leads me to wonder: what impact will dissertation completion have on my teaching? Has being an ABD hindered or helped my performance?

Being immersed in such an arduous project has taught me a […]

thoughts from a long-term adjunct

“Adjunct” means “a thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part.” Yet adjuncts are indispensable at CUNY and many other institutions of higher learning; three-quarters of college faculty in the U.S. are made of us. Our pictures do not decorate the walls of our departments, like those of full-time faculty […]

Gearing up for a new semester- with your fingers crossed…

Tomorrow is my first day of teaching for the fall 2015 semester. It will mark the beginning of my eighth year teaching at QC. Time flies when you’re discussing grammar, I suppose? Every professor feels that pang of nervousness as a new semester approaches. As adjuncts, there is usually one added piece to the puzzle: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cold Calling on Students

Hi All,

I hope all of you are doing well so far in this semester and hopefully more of you are enjoying this chilly weather than myself. I would like to get feedback on a teaching strategy of sorts that I have always employed as long as I have taught. I like to call on […]