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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 […]

Negotiating boundaries

I had a student in one of my classes, let’s call him Y, who would walk with me to the bus stop after class every week. Every semester I have students that do this, and usually I find it taxing. When I’m “off duty,” I want to unwind and not have to make small talk […]

Grades Are In

So, I got all of my grades in on time, as crazy as it was. Many of my students were scared for their grade, but I think most of them were very satisfied with it. I had one student though that questioned his grade, trying to get me to bump him up to a C […]

How Your Students Can Get You Fired

Those of us who teach remotely controversial topics now have reasons to be more alarmed. It appears that a group of graduate students at the University of Kansas succeeded at having their professor relieved of her teaching duties for mentioning (not using) the N-word during a class discussion on race. I will explain the difference […]

Frustrated – making students happy versus giving them what they deserve

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I had some extra time so might as well get out some frustration, right? I am currently teaching a 107 lecture course, which I am happy to be teaching, for the first time, and so much has gone wrong, ranging from broken projector to exams not […]

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 […]