Being an Adjunct Professor Isn’t for Sissies

This coming Fall (2015) will mark my 10th year teaching English at the small, private, liberal arts college in North Carolina that I love. I teach among colleagues and writers I like and admire. Every semester I devote my time, talents, education, experience, and heart to my students there. I do this to the detriment of my family and my bank account.

Despite having over 11 years experience in higher education, an experiential education background, a strong publishing record (including a well-received novel), and two graduate degrees, I–like so many others–am undervalued and unappreciated.

There’s no other way to say it: It sucks.

So I have to share this article by my writer-friend and teaching colleague, Jennifer McGaha, which was published today in The Huffington Post:

Bah Humbug: 14 Facts Everyone Should Know About College Adjuncts

If you’re a teacher/writer/college student/parent of a college student/parent of a future college student/work in or are associated with academia/care at all about labor laws in this country, or the undervalued, or about how generations of Americans are being educated … this is read for you.


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