Tough to be an Adjunct Instructor
Adjunct Faculty (Former Employee) – Fall River, MA – April 1, 2015
The majority of students do their work and completed assignments that lead to passing grades.
Some students, maybe one or two in a class, want special permission or want to have an exception to the class structure or
grading to improve their scores. If they are not satisfied, they find ways to defame without cause.
Many students have issues and in order to improve their performance, behavior has to be taken into consideration. Tutoring one on one or group sessions help to define the knowledge and skills necessary to preform well on test or to complete a project. Some students do well, while others figure out to directly or indirectly improve their grades.
It is when a student uses indirect methods to improve their grades that puts an instructor in harms way. Many instructors adjust to comply with student wishes, some are informed they will not be considered for rehire. Adjuncts are on contract or work as contractors, the college does not have to hire you.
Many in Administration would probably agree, the student is paying the bills and that is the way things should be run? Except, when in the end, the student suffers from a false sense of accomplishment or does poorly in professional school to become a nurse or technician.
But by then, it is on the student, they got what they wanted from the college, the responsibility is on the student after they leave.
So I would evaluate this college as trying to do the best thing for its interest.
great student body, facilities, union and good payment of contract
politics and poor advancement of adjuncts, union needs help