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Plan A, or, Don’t Call Me an Adjunct

In Hub Features on February 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

By David Chatfield

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the author’s blog (www.riotbusblog.com). It is reposted here with permission from the author.

Plan A, or, Don’t Call Me an Adjunct

David Chatfield, It’s Not About the Clock, or KA-CHUNK. 48″x52″. Oil on Canvas, 2011.

Teaching is as much a labor of love as it is a part of my artistic practice. I would be teaching in some capacity no matter the circumstance, just as I would be painting or collaging no matter the circumstance.

Yet I am continually reminded that it is labor.

I am obligated by my passion to teach, yet I am laboring extremely long hours at two different schools in order to fulfill that obligation.

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The Adjunct Tightrope

In Philly Blog on June 19, 2014 at 1:00 am

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by Michelle Martin

In Spring 2013, after 8 years of grad school, getting married and having twin daughters in the process, I finally finished my doctorate in English.  Along the way I taught freshman composition numerous times, business writing, intro to the short story, intro to fiction, Contemporary American Fiction, even History of the English Language, for which I wasn’t well-qualified but I gamely took on anyway because – as you might have guessed – I needed the money.  The latter class I taught in Fall 2013, the semester after I finished grad school when I began my adjunct career.  Prior to this, I had taught in the capacity of graduate teaching assistant. While that situation possesses its own set of exploitative complexities, since it is technically not contingent labor, I’ll begin my account with the Fall ’13 semester.  Read the rest of this entry »