Cons: insincere, not helpful or supportive, lack of positive communication
I'll start off by saying that I never met my boss, the Chair of the department for nearly two months into my first semester. I only met him when he came in to give my students their first evaluation of my class. Even then, our conversation was brief and awkward.
Trying to get email responses to important questions was a challenge. Often it would take several follow up emails, and then another few weeks before any reply came. The usual excuse for the delay was "very busy".
As an adjunct, I felt unimportant and merely fodder to fill the classes that other tenure tract instructors did not want to teach. I was never brought in for Film Department meetings, nor ever invited to any college functions involving the film department.
There's an air of superiority in the film department and disconnect with the students. At one point, I overheard a tenure tract instructor tell a student, "I don't give a "blank" what you think. I'm tenured and can do what I want." I would say I was shocked, however, I feel it summed up what the film department at Santa Barbara City College thinks about outsiders.
My last semester was extremely stressful and awkward. Weeks before my semester began the Chair said he wanted to sit down and go over the evaluations of a particularly difficult class of students. I told him I could meet the next day, and I was eager to discuss the matter. He never got back to me. The next semester began without a word. I didn't hear from him again until it was evaluation time (three months later) - with the same class. It would've been helpful to have had the discussion prior – more... to teaching the same class as the one that had the evaluation issues. But no!
Horrible communication between the adjunct instructor and the department higher ups. It was a very cold experience. When I asked for help and materials with my curriculum and lesson plans, no one helped. I was told to search the Internet.
The one good experience I had was with the person in charge of the rental house. She was amazing and ever so helpful. She made my summer class a pleasant experience. Thank God for her. – less