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Adjunct Addict

November 28, 2006

Where have I been? Well, pull up a mouse and let me tell you.

Longtime readers (both of you) will know that I had a rather large work load this past few months. I commute to Gotham weekly, leaving the weekend to try and retain some semblance of family (Pookie and Lovely Wife shoulder quite a large amount of this work arrangement’s burden).

While commuting, I was also teaching a series of three and three sets of classes for one college (one of the first three was a 12 week course) as well as a 14 week course at cc#2. So, at any given point I had, in addition to my real job, at least 4 active courses. While this has not been burdensome in the past, three of those courses were completely new builds of which one was an experiment in using the college’s own material. That was a big time suck.

Well, that has all changed. More on that later. Suffice to say that my work load has lessened dramatically. In doing so, my feeling of burnt-out-ness magnified. So, I took a break. No blogging, no bitching, none of the usual. I stepped back.

But, today I was offered some courses with cc#2, which, it seems, I really need to do. Apparently my sense of completeness involves some sort of teaching.

I am an addict of instruction. An adjunct addict. Help me.

  1. Miranda permalink
    November 28, 2006 5:36 pm

    The teaching sickness is fatal, you know. I fear it is also contagious. Hack-hack-hack.

    Must avoid you people.

    Glad you are just very, very busy.

  2. Inside the Philosophy Factory permalink
    November 29, 2006 3:23 pm

    It is more like a habit than an illness… sadly, the way things are set-up it sometimes becomes necessary to have a job to support the teaching habit.

    Take care!

  3. Piss Poor Prof permalink
    November 29, 2006 6:07 pm

    I will certainly second the idea that teaching, at least for me, has become a hobby. I am able to support myself in a much better fashion in business than teaching. Downside is, I don’t like the business side–it it not as fulfilling.

    Pay the bills or be fulfilled…that’s a crap-ass delimma.

  4. Teri permalink
    December 1, 2006 8:59 pm

    I’m glad you’re back.

  5. Piss Poor Prof permalink
    December 4, 2006 4:42 pm

    Thanks. After being replaced at my main adjuncting gig, I wondered if I really wanted to have anything to do with academia and teaching.

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