I had very much enjoyed my years at the college. It is a wonderful environment of students and professionals.
Adjunct History Instructor (Former Employee) – Jamestown, NY – April 12, 2012
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. 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.
tickets to events, student relations, academic freedoms
no healthcare, minimal retirement benefits, mileage