Daily Digest for May 29th

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Looking forward to #AdjunctChat in 10 minutes. Topic is "Why do you #adjunct?" [jeffreykeefer]
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Welcome to today’s #AdjunctChat, where we are discussing the topic "Why do you #adjunct?" [jeffreykeefer]
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We had a recent poll where we discussed possible topics to discuss issues relevant to life as an #adjunct in #HigherEd #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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. . . and the majority of voters wanted to discuss why people adjunct #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Keep in mind that we will have people join us live in this synchronous chat while others will read and comment on it later #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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So, if you are an #adjunct in #HigherEd, meaning you do not work FT on a permanent or tenure-track, why do you do this? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Let me begin with my own reasons for being an #adjunct. I teach in this way at New York University and Pace University #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 Welcome to #AdjunctChat and thanks for adding your voice to this conversation! [jeffreykeefer]
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I have been teaching as an #adjunct for 8 years, initially teaching continuing education courses at NYU SCPS #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I than began teaching graduate and doctoral courses, which is what I primarily do now #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 Wow, so you have taught as an #adjunct for 22 years. You did that for extra $ but now want to transition to FT? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd So you teach for a number of reasons as well #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd Was #adjunct work in the plans when you started your studies? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @Comprof1 I always worked FT in another area; right now I manage clinical education projects and grants #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @Comprof1 I never really looked for FT #HE work, though now I have my #PhD it would be more possible #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 Do you work FT elsewhere, or #adjunct on a FT basis? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd I taught an undergraduate course only once. CE courses the first 2 years, then into MBA, MS, and DNP programs #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd It seems with the growth of practitioner graduate and doctorate programs, there are more opportunities to #adjunct #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd So, you #adjunct as something apart from the "formal" program where you study? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 @AdjunctAction That seems common that tenure positions are almost a separate concern from #adjunct ones #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@AdjunctAction @Comprof1 I hear much talk of taking #HE skills, especially after advanced degrees, out of academia #AltAc #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 @hoosierphd Do you have / are you working on a PhD? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I am wondering what education requirements people seem to need to adjunct. Bachelor’s? Master’s? Doctorate? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 I have adjuncted for 8 years, between 2 unis (I am still there) and between 4 programs #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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In many ways I am interdisciplinary, so do not have a clear fit in only one program or department. This is increasingly common? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@KFeijs So, you taught as an #adjunct as an undergraduate. What sort of level or coursework was it? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 @hoosierphd Excellent! Have you started the process to transition to FT or otherwise increase adjuncting? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@AdjunctAction It is interesting how this question seems to open new areas of thinking #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @Comprof1 You are raising an issue that I often hear, about power and commitment and such #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @Comprof1 In some ways it seems perhaps adjuncts commit to single courses, so should anything more be expected? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @Comprof1 Yes, I am playing a devil’s advocate wondering about people choosing to teach in a temp capacity #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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When you choose to teach as an #adjunct, given the number of reasons here, have they changed over the years doing it? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Is what keeps you as an adjunct now the same thing that brought you to the work in the first place? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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As we started #AdjunctChat as a forum to discuss #adjunct work with support and community, I think these are important questions to discuss. [jeffreykeefer]
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@KFeijs Do you still teach them or has that progressed in some way? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@VCVaileNFM I am not; can you share a link or so to them? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 @AdjunctAction So in your uni, adjuncts can progress to tenure? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @VCVaileNFM @Comprof1 It seems tenure is more difficult to get, given 75%+- of teachers in HE work as adjuncts #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @VCVaileNFM @Comprof1 Why should a uni pay tenure rates and commitment with so many highly qualified #adjuncts? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @VCVaileNFM @Comprof1 Indeed, potential questions for a next chat, perhaps? [jeffreykeefer]
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@Comprof1 @AdjunctAction That can be a challenge in a large metro area #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@AdjunctAction What sort of conditions do you have in mind? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@lbdehertogh @hoosierphd Why did you begin to #adjunct, given you did not initially consider it? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd I sometimes get myself in hot water when playing the devil’s advocate, so sometimes call it the advocatus diaboli #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@hoosierphd @VCVaileNFM @Comprof1 I am taking notes about future areas to chat about! #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]