Forgive, but I couldn’t resist the title, having just covered for someone teaching Hamlet this semester. Clearly, I’ve joined “The Teaching Circle” blog, and am therefore actively blogging (or starting to, at least). I am, however, completely ambivalent about the project. After I tell you why, please let me know your thoughts.
I love the idea of faculty blogging at QC, but I am not quite clear on why the faculty blogging are “adjuncts.”
There is a wide, wide range of faculty who teach as adjuncts, ranging from first-year graduate fellows to twenty-plus year veterans, and we comprise a broad spectrum of teaching effectiveness which is not necessarily related to length of experience; the same can be said of full-timers. In practice then, you might have a “veteran” adjunct whose classroom management skills and pedagogical effectiveness surpass those of a recent full-time hire. I am also fairly certain we all know of at least one tenured faculty member who rides the complacency train (recycling the same mimeographed syllabi in use for 20+ years) in contrast with eager and innovative part-timers. Alternatively, some of the best models for teaching excellence are those full-timers who have honed their skills as they served the institution in various administrative and leadership positions in addition to the classroom.
So why is this “teaching circle blog” exclusive to adjuncts?
Is it possible to have a blogging platform wherein both full-time and part-time faculty participate? Certainly adjunct contributors will provide insight as to the “adjunct” perspective, but wouldn’t that be enhanced by bloggers from the “full-time” side? Is it possible to house dialogue about adjunct experience in the same digital space as tenure-track experience? Aren’t we united by common goals of teaching and scholarship even if working conditions and compensation are (radically) divergent? If in no other space, can’t the virtual provide adjuncts and full-timers the same privileges?
I feel that inviting only adjuncts to participate suggests that this is an activity or a product only for adjuncts. I also feel that it unnecessarily perpetuates the divide which, in so many other ways, QC tries very hard to bridge.
What are your thoughts on the matter fellow bloggers? And if there are any full-time faculty readers out there – please comment!
Finally, as I sit here wondering whether to “Publish” or not, I procrastinate by googling some images, because what’s a blog without an eyeful of delight?
But that lead me on a quest from one blogging how-to site to another, to try and uncover what constitutes fair use of images in blogs. I couldn’t resist including the “To post or not to post” image, and I believe the editorial policy of Cox & Forkum is fine with that (check here ), but it would be great if anyone / someone could provide some fast and dirty tips on free (no $) and copyright free use of images. Vale!