Monday, October 06, 2014

On Adjuncting as Optional Work

My mother was asking me how I feel about being an adjunct (in brief: kind of weird!  but it pays me lots of money every two weeks!).  In general, I feel squidgy about adjuncting.  I mean, I don't think anyone gets an advanced degree and thinks 'Yes!  I would love to be a semester-to-semester employee with no benefits, no stability, and no power!  That sounds great!'

However, in my particular case, I love adjuncting.  I don't think I'll love it forever. but for now, it pays ridiculously well for the amount of work I do (very little) and, since this is a small town, involves a five-minute commute.  It's not like there's a better part-time job (or any job!) on offer.  I'm not thrilled about supporting the university in having 25% of their faculty be part-time, but it's also not my problem.  I can be as sarcastic to my students as I want, which is occasionally quite a lot; it's more fun and less work than lecturing.

On the other hand, I am still a little twitchy about being 'the professor's wife who adjuncts'.


  1. The money part does sound nice :)
    I don't think I quite get the "professor's wife who adjuncts" part, but then, in Germany it's more "the professor's wife who's the secretary". There's a well-known TV commercial that starts with "I'm a dentist's wife". Because that gives her authority in toothbrush selection.

  2. Anonymous11:01 AM

    I'm really glad this is working out, even in a qualified, temporary way. Because hey, how awesome. It really seemed like you were a bit oppressed by life and that being able to snark at some students is helping.


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