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I live in two worlds: the academic which feeds my soul and the business which feeds my family.  I have adjuncting for way too many years, on the sly, feeding an addiction that just doesn’t pay off.

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  1. August 23, 2011 1:05 pm

    I appreciate this blog; I’ve been clicking around and it made my temper, which shot up to maximum capacity yesterday (three classes then became two, my budget then became limited) go down a bit. I am, for the first time (I just entered candidacy) really sick and tired of being an adjunct and thus being treated as if I am a pawn every semester. Keep up the writing, and I’ll keep reading – and hang in there:)

  2. Tom Rogers permalink
    August 26, 2011 7:34 am


    I have followed your blog for a few year and was wondering if I could a question? I have been trying to break into the online history adjunct market for about 10 years. I live overseas (thanks to my run for the US Army Reserve) and work for a foreign company.

    Unfortunately, 6 years teaching experience as an adjunct and training with Blackboard and Web CT does not seem to be enough. Devry demanded that I take a drug test in the US. Basically, my question is where the hell are all the online jobs? I am just looking to make some extra money (just a little) and feed my hobby. Thanks for listening and good luck in your endeavors.

    Best Regards,

    Tom Rogers

  3. kirkistan permalink
    October 24, 2011 1:13 pm

    Are you still writing on this blog? I could have written your “About” paragraph. I wobble between irritation at adjunct pay to moments of joy at student insights to trying to convince family members the “fun” in my life is using all my free time to grade papers. All while working full time. I am eager for your insights.

  4. July 24, 2013 1:00 am

    The big con infests America, see here:
    The ‘establishment’ are responsible, by definition.
    SO, expose this status quo, forcefully! Vacancies in the establishment result, making room for adjuncts.

  5. September 10, 2013 6:53 pm

    Dear Professor “Burn-out”,

    My name is Shawn Warren. I have been a Canadian adjunct for a little over a decade now.

    I have in development an alternative model for the provision of higher education. It is based on the professional model used in law, engineering, medicine, etc. Situated between the academic and business worlds, you are someone I believe could appreciate the alternative I propose.

    Here is a link to an initiation document for the model:

    I would appreciate your thoughts.


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