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 ever-terrfying Will my classes run?
The lack of certainty is one of the toughest parts of our job. Sections are shuffled around. Classes are lost and added at the last minute. This is, unfortunately, all too typical in higher education. It’s possible that over 50% of the instructors stepping into the classroom right now are not full time. Adjuncts are a vital part of this campus- but we get no guarantees. Many of you reading have been in this position before.
So, how do you prepare for a semester when you’re not exactly sure what’s ahead? After eight years, I’m still working on the answer.