Dispatch from Adjunct Land: Publication

This is not a “how to get published.” This is not a “how not to get published.” I wish I could give you an insider’s perspective because I wish I could be an insider. But I can show you a little bit about the weird, wild world of academic publishing.

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Dispatches from Adjunct Land: Ending a Class

The end of a class is bittersweet. After nine weeks, I’m tired, too, and ready for a break. But I’ve gotten to know my students, and wish I could spend more time with them. I think about them after class has ended and wonder if they use what I have taught them. I hope they do well in the future. And I think about my future, too.

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Adjunct Land: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

I tend not to respond to op-eds, columns, and blog posts about adjuncting. I’d never have time for anything else. But Charlotte Allen’s recent op-ed for the L.A. Times contains a worn argument that I can’t ignore anymore: “Don’t be an adjunct.”

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Dispatches from Adjunct Land: Starting a New Class

As a child, I hated beginnings. So much was unknown: What would the teacher be like, the other students? What would we learn? I always longed for October, when routines had firmly taken hold. But now I prefer those beginnings because they are so full of hope.

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Dispatch from Adjunct Land III: Getting a Job

Everything I know about getting an academic job. Which, admittedly, isn’t much.

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How Not to Restructure a University in a Budget Crisis

It’s not news that university funding is stretched thinner than paper, but the University of Guelph is tackling their budget shortfall in a troubling way: every department and division, both academic and non-academic, has to submit a report to a task force describing what exactly their department does, and why they are essential to the university. If a department can’t prove it is essential, it will face severe funding cuts or elimination.

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