Affiliated with OCTC since Fall semester 2008
Adjunct Instructor (Former Employee) – Owensboro, KY – June 4, 2014
My duties were to teach two undergraduate courses in religious studies for roughly 25 students per course for two days each week during fall and spring (and a few summer) semesters.
I learned that adjunct teaching is very rewarding, and students are grateful for the work their instructors do to provide quality education. Management changed a few times while I was there, ultimately stabilizing under the current president.
My co-workers were pleasant and supportive and willing to help me with anything I might need.
The most difficult part of my job was the compensation, which was not a living wage, a challenge all adjunct instructors face. I also had no health insurance, retirement, or vacation benefits. I never received a raise (nor did any adjuncts) while I was there. This was not so much OCTC's problem as it was a matter of the state government cutting funding to higher ed each and every year.
The most enjoyable part of my job was teaching my students each week - answering their questions and guiding them through new and unfamiliar material. I particularly enjoyed meeting with them one-on-one to assess their progress and working with them to leverage their strengths and meet their challenges head-on so they could ultimately succeed in the course.
Helping students succeed in higher education
Low wages / no benefits