Excellent working conditions and plenty of faculty support
Adjunct Instructor (Former Employee) – Miami, FL – August 20, 2015
Florida International University fosters a productive environment where students from diverse backgrounds are all treated fairly and ethically. At FIU, I taught ENC 1101 and 1102, the emphasis being mostly on rhetorical theory and the implications of epistemic rhetoric in writing and reading. Students were always encouraged to think critically about the issues plaguing their discourse communities, and their writing was often stellar. Fellow adjuncts and full-time instructors were very supportive, offering plenty of advice and more importantly, resources through online modules that helped adjuncts come up with new, breakthrough assignments to help enhance critical thinking skills. The hardest part of the job was balancing work and school, since as an adjunct I simultaneously worked on my MA thesis. I learned to communicate effectively with fellow instructors and students, how to plan a class (syllabus, rubrics, grading systems, and so forth), and how to plan an entire class for the semester.