Monday, September 01, 2014

More on Adjuncting, Again in Very Brief

1) Per the excellent advice of my predecessor in the lab-instructor job (she now works with my spouse) I made sure to be very nice and respectful to the department secretary.  In return for me treating her like a human being, she offered to print out all 145 pieces of paper that I a) need for Tuesday and b) cannot print out because I cannot LOG IN to anything yet.

2) The second day of orientation, I got to see the department chair's eyes bug out as he realized I'm pregnant.  (State school + none of their damn business + I'm due after the semester ends and have two 40-week children = I didn't say a word.)  It was like a little cartoon thought bubble of "I can't say anything.  Oh, ye gods, is she pregnant?  I think she's pregnant.  I can't ask.  Fuuuuuuck."  (I did tell all the other faculty members that yes, I am pregnant, but no, I am not due until the end of December, so don't freak out.  My favorite response was, "So... I guess you won't be back next semester."  By which dude meant, now we have to find someone else to teach all those labs, fuuuuuuuck.)

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  1. My experience of adjuncting is that the department secretaries (whom I treat as humans, also, because hello) are the only ones who notice I am pregnant.

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    1. Hah! And indeed. I make a general policy of treating the staff like humans. They are the people who Get Stuff Done. Also, the custodians are the only ones with keys that unlock everything...

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    2. Plus basic human dignity and respect, but I figured that went without saying.

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