I had very much enjoyed my years at the college. It is a wonderful environment of students and professionals.
Pros: tickets to events, student relations, academic freedoms
Cons: no healthcare, minimal retirement benefits, mileage
I was an adjunct and at times taught up to four courses and two campuses. So a typical day would be travel, prep, and lecture. THe remaining time was devoted to the students during office hours. I often used the time in between students to grade, prepare other lessons and update the online learning modules.
I learned a great deal from this position. – more... For example, time managment is critical. It could be difficult to wedge it all in during campus hours otherwise the resources (including other staff) may not be available. I had to learn to think more than a few steps ahead, I planned a semester ahead. Another example would be flexibility. Students at a two-year college have different agendas. I had to work with them all: transfers, repeaters, low-placement scores.
I think I enjoyed my co-workers most. It is something lacking at my current position: the intellectual stimulation. I enjoyed discussing classroom strategies, the newest higher-education issues, politics.... They were a solid group of people that really devoted themselves to thier jobs. I admire that. – less