The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 20th, 2015
The emails poured in long after the
semester was over: "I have never gotten anything below a B before, this
must be a mistake." "I had an A all semester long and this must be a
mistake." "Her class was mostly group work, how could I get a D in that?
It must be a mistake."
As an adjunct instructor, the end of the semester brings,
simultaneously, the joy and relief that a well-deserved break is on the
way, and the fear and anxiety that another semester of work may not come
Being hired as an adjunct means working at the whim and mercy of the
institution. As adjuncts, we know that going in, and we spend all
semester knowing it. So when the semester ends, final grades are in,
winter turns to spring, and we are no longer working for that same
institution, a dilemma arises when students from the previous semester
complain about their grades.