Adjunct professors undervalued
Adjunct Professor (Former Employee) – Towson, MD – April 27, 2017
For a university that regularly solicits alumni donations, I see no reason that the necessary equipment needed to teach a class should unavailable. I was expected to provide my own teaching materials and over $10,000 of my own personal equipment every week to teach a class.
With 6 months of advance notice, I provided the department a list of the needed equipment for the class a second time, but I was told that it had not been purchased and there were no plans to do so. The desire to keep the students best interest in mind over the desires of the department were what compelled me to bring my own teaching materials.
Other faculty were extremely helpful and supportive, and even those in different departments gave me great advice and shared their resources, but seeing what the department funds are spent on in place of required materials and equipment for a class that is offered more than once is a bit short sighted on their part.
I taught in one department, and previously worked in an entirely different department, with similar observations.
Students are engaged and interested
University relies heavily on adjuncts and doesn't compensate adequately