Inside Higher Ed
August 27th, 2014
It's all over my social media feeds, and all over campus: school is
starting up again. Adjuncts are finding their courses suddenly canceled
or taken away (or, possibly worse, their salaries cut for various
"reasons"). Everyone is making their syllabus, ordering books,
discovering the limitations of the space they've been afforded to teach
in. New jobs are starting, old jobs keep going on.
And this year, I'm participating in just about none of it.
I'm not teaching this semester, not really. No five writing-intensive
courses to prep for. No pre-semester-even-starts emails from students
explaining why they're missing the first week. No last-minute changes.
No classes accidentally scheduled in a bathroom (true story, happened to
No, in my new alt-ac position, teaching undergraduates isn't my
focus. I will eventually find my way back into the classroom, but this
first semester, I'm facilitating a one-credit, totally voluntary
graduate class on teaching, and working on developing my workshops. The
one-credit course is a part of a Preparing Future Faculty program for
graduate students, and my primary role is to coordinate guest speakers
and enter grades. Well, it's a bit more than that (I'm making it more
collaborative for the students!) but it's not a
three-times-a-week-heavy-lifting class I've had to develop from