Transcript for #AdjunctChat on 7/23/13


#AdjunctChat – Tues, July 23, 4:00pm EDT

The topic is: “Do you publish or present research? How do you navigate that path in your role as an adjunct?
This is the 6th #AdjunctChat.

  1. Today’s topic is: Do you publish or present research? How do you navigate that path in your role as an adjunct? #adjunctchat
  2. I want to welcome those who are following along and joining in with our chat today #adjunctchat
  3. Let’s see who is here. Want to introduce yourselves and mention where you are and what you teach? #adjunctchat
  4. @JeffreyKeefer I’m Mike, I teach English Comp as an adjunct at Ivy Tech Community College. #adjunctchat
  5. As an intro, I #adjunct at New York University and also at Pace University, both here in #nyc #adjunctchat
  6. Right, I teach Research Process and Methodology and also Teaching and Learning in Advanced Practice Nursing #adjunctchat
  7. Today’s topic is Do you publish or present research? How do you navigate that path in your role as an adjunct? #adjunctchat
  8. What brings you to #adjunctchat today? What interests you about our topic? #adjunctchat
  9. #adjunctchat I teach first year composition, mostly, at Northern Virginia Community College, in Alexandria, VA.
  10. @JeffreyKeefer I’ve taught here for 2 years. I publish as a grad student, but trying to do research as adjunct too. #adjunctchat
  11. #adjunctchat I’m mostly curious to hear from those who do manage to do research as #adjuncts.
  12. @IshaiBarnoy Welcome! Is that anywhere near VMI? I have a buddy who just started teaching there. #adjunctchat
  13. I am always interested in how people can manage research while also working FT, and teaching as an #adjunct seems a bit of both #adjunctchat
  14. As our topic is Do you publish or present research? How do you navigate that path in your role as an adjunct?, let’s begin. #adjunctchat
  15. Q1: Have you published your research or presented it at a conference? #adjunctchat
  16. Well, for me, the question has slowly turned into: What do I really do? I’d like to start doing something! #adjunctchat
  17. Well, for me, the question has slowly turned into: What do I really do? I’d like to start doing something! #adjunctchat
  18. A1: Yes, but again, only as a grad student. Not sure about the IRB process at a community college yet. #adjunctchat
  19. @hoosierphd A1: Have you published or presented or both as a grad student? #adjunctchat
  20. @JeffreyKeefer I have first pub coming out this year and have presented many times. Have not met many fellow adjuncts at conf. #adjunctchat
  21. #adjunctchat As a “Creative” faculty member, I’ve presented a game design at a convention. It was a sobering experience. But it was a start.
  22. A1: You do raise an interesting point about IRB issues, @hoosierphd whether at a community college or a large university #adjunctchat
  23. MT @JeffreyKeefer: Today’s topic is: Do you publish or present research? How do you navigate that in your role as an adjunct? #adjunctchat
  24. @IshaiBarnoy Institutional Review Board. It’s the means by which research proposals are reviewed ethically. #adjunctchat
  25. @JeffreyKeefer The feedback from seasoned pros who’ve never even gotten a graduate degree. And yet, they’re brilliant. #adjunctchat
  26. @hoosierphd A: My FT work organization also has an IRB process internally; quite rigorous. #adjunctchat
  27. @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat Well, I’m assuming. I’ll take it back. Let me see if I can rephrase what I’m trying to say.
  28. I wrote and published, but applying for jobs & grants + Research Assistant jobs got in the way. #adjunctchat
  29. Today’s topic is “Do you publish or present research? How do you navigate that path in your role as an adjunct?” #adjunctchat
  30. We are talking about Q1: Have you published your research or presented it at a conference? (Where? What?) #adjunctchat
  31. @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat Tabletop game design is a thing that is almost exclusively pursued outside the academy.
  32. @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat Tabletop game design is a thing that is almost exclusively pursued outside the academy.
  33. I guess a question I have is: what would motivate you to do research if you are an #adjunct? Are there any external motivators? #adjunctchat
  34. @katrinafee A1: It does seem a time challenge to publish or write to present at conferences when that does not pay the bills #adjunctchat
  35. @katrinafee Right, I think the balance is something that is tricky to get right. Do you no longer publish? #adjunctchat
  36. @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat Which, to be honest, doesn’t sound all that different from research for adjuncts. I feel outside the academy.
  37. Let’s move on to Q2: How does this (presenting or publishing) impact your adjunct teaching or appointment? #adjunctchat
  38. @IshaiBarnoy I wonder if “feeling outside the academy” is a condition of being an #adjunct? #adjunctchat
  39. My real question: is it worth publishing for me now I will never get a FT academic job. Is it worth the sweat & tears? #adjunctchat
  40. @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat No, no research. Just a new game design. I wonder if it’s okay to expand here to other intellectual work.
  41. @katrinafee: Then instead I discovered killer rescues: the pomodoro technique & cornell method notes: thesiswhisperer.com/2012/12/12/tur… #adjunctchat
  42. @IshaiBarnoy Why not? We have enough rules everywhere else in life, so we can try to be a little creative here! #adjunctchat
  43. @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat I worry that it’s also a box I’ve put myself into. I’m slowly retooling for other things. But it’s … slow.
  44. @katrinafee Love the Pomodoro method! I’m technically on one right now, though… #adjunctchat
  45. @katrinafee That seems like something related to some of our other members here today! #adjunctchat
  46. @katrinafee Right. Is there any institutional reason adjuncts would publish beyond the goal of not being adjuncts? #adjunctchat
  47. Sure they like the fact that I have published, for adjunct teaching, but I don’t need too keep publishing. #adjunctchat
  48. @hoosierphd Sorry I’m late. Research $’s would motivate me or even a trip to a conference. #adjunctchat
  49. Today’s #Adjunctchat topic = Do you publish or present research? How do you navigate that path in your role as an adjunct? #adjunctchat
  50. Q2: How does this impact your adjunct teaching or appointment? #adjunctchat
  51. @hoosierphd @katrinafee I found it helped me with my teaching to publish. Forced me to keep up with current issues. #adjunctchat
  52. @katrinafee A2: So publishing is good for the uni, though it does not have any relationship to your appointment or anything? #adjunctchat
  53. @Comprof1 @katrinafee Keeping current is good. Also might improve teaching if your research is on pedagogy. #adjunctchat
  54. @Comprof1 @katrinafee Keeping current is good. Also might improve teaching if your research is on pedagogy. #adjunctchat
  55. @Comprof1 I sometimes think research $ is like the Tooth Fairy or the Dodo (though more the former?) #adjunctchat
  56. @JeffreyKeefer Q2 Doesnt impact appointment at all In fact, hurt me at times (I was publishing w/o Phd but new Phd weren’t pub) #adjunctchat
  57. @hoosierphd @Comprof1 @katrinafee A2: So research or presenting is more personal development than professional adjunct need? #adjunctchat
  58. @hoosierphd @katrinafee A2 Even just process of research which is why I like teaching at uni level. #adjunctchat
  59. .@hoosierphd getting an article out (research, write, submit, rejected, revise etc) for much stress/no pay & no potential hire #adjunctchat
  60. @katrinafee A2: I sometimes wonder if a lack of encouragement for adjuncts to present / publish negatively effects disciplines? #adjunctchat
  61. @JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @katrinafee We often talk about TT job as teaching/research/service. Is adjunct job just teach? #adjunctchat
  62. @JeffreyKeefer @hoosierphd @katrinafee A2 Correct. I also feel connected w/ discipline when I publish. #adjunctchat Even allowed to review
  63. Ugh, sorry #adjunctchat folks. Gotta slip out mid chat. Have a good discussion!
  64. @hoosierphd @JeffreyKeefer @katrinafee Should be, but IS NOT! Expected to research & often asked to do service. #adjunctchat. Adjunct = PT
  65. @katrinafee @Comprof1 @hoosierphd I fund most of my own conferences primarily for the intellectual stimulation A2 #adjunctchat
  66. @Comprof1 @hoosierphd Adjunct jobs are just to teach. Research is for extra–so we need to know why we’re doing it. #adjunctchat
  67. It seems that A2: for many of us here today is that presenting or publishing does not impact adjunct teaching or appointments? #adjunctchat
  68. @katrinafee @Comprof1 @hoosierphd Research for personal satisfaction, the discipline, university, or whatever? #adjunctchat
  69. Let’s move on to Q3: Why do you publish or present your research at conferences? #adjunctchat
  70. A3: Seems we are already talking about this, so it is timely. #adjunctchat
  71. @JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @hoosierphd So research is exploitation (req by job unpaid) or an expensive hobby (do it for love)? #adjunctchat
  72. @JeffreyKeefer We are research Uni so even adjuncts expected to research. there are limited funds to do so. #adjunctchat
  73. @Comprof1 #NYU also has an adjunct travel / research fund, though it is rather competitive and readily exhausted IMHO #adjunctchat
  74. @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer Good point. Always depends on mission of the Uni. I’m adjuncting at comm coll, so teaching focus. #adjunctchat
  75. Today’s #adjunctchat topic is Do you publish or present research? How do you navigate that path in your role as an adjunct? #adjunctchat
  76. We are considering Q3: Why do you publish or present your research at conferences? #adjunctchat
  77. @JeffreyKeefer Back to last #adjunctchat have opportunities to partner w/ TT profs. But hard to lead research or get research #
  78. @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer BTW… has an idea been floated about #adjunctchat as a subject of research?
  79. @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @hoosierphd That’s great! At my Uni–adjuncts teach so superstar research faculty don’t have to. #adjunctchat
  80. @JeffreyKeefer @katrinafee Our faculty are very active so min 25% of institute research grants to adj are written in contract #adjunctchat
  81. @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer But that must take some work to stay connected with the TT faculty, no? #adjunctchat
  82. @JeffreyKeefer @katrinafee You could make argument in research univ that adjunct research helps increase Uni profile #adjunctchat
  83. A3: I do present a couple times a year, and have several articles in process, though I am not sure my uni values that. #adjunctchat
  84. @JeffreyKeefer A3 absolutely not! My research has no impact / expectation. Some research does help you get more teaching. #adjunctchat
  85. @katrinafee @JeffreyKeefer @hoosierphd Mine too. But also a smaller group of long term adjuncts help w/ dept profile #adjunctchat
  86. @Comprof1 @katrinafee I agree that a uni can leverage adjunct research or presenting, though I have not seen it done. #adjunctchat
  87. @katrinafee My research keeps me intellectually stimulated and interested, though I am not sure about tangible benefits A3 #adjunctchat
  88. @hoosierphd @JeffreyKeefer Yes, but in long run can be advantage. We have research consortiums that adjuncts are welcome #adjunctchat
  89. @hoosierphd @JeffreyKeefer They meet once a week and present research. Many adjuncts take lunch break to attend. #adjunctchat
  90. Now may be a fitting time to pull this together with the final Question for today’s #adjunctchat
  91. Q4: Do you plan to continue researching, publishing, or presenting? #adjunctchat
  92. @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer In my experience, research groups like that are CRITICAL to actually being productive in research. #adjunctchat
  93. @fabianbanga IF, not when. The trends are that FT is also increasingly like the Tooth Fairy and Dodo as well . . . #adjunctchat
  94. @hoosierphd @JeffreyKeefer Also advantage for TT faculty to find study sites/external partners. #adjunctchat
  95. @hoosierphd That would be an interesting issue to discuss in the future, namely about research groups and adjunct interaction #adjunctchat
  96. @JeffreyKeefer yes approximately // furthermore, many organizations offer grants for adjunct instructors #adjunctchat
  97. A4: I plan to continue presenting and (focus more on) publishing. I feel I have some value to offer my disciplines #adjunctchat
  98. A4: I do plan to keep researching, even if I do not find a TT job. Mainly bc I can incorp w/teaching–I study education. #adjunctchat
  99. @fabianbanga Will have to explore this as well, as I have not seen many (any) grants for adjuncts. #adjunctchat
  100. @fabianbanga @JeffreyKeefer but others, like AERA have slowly pushed them out of org w/ policies. #adjunctchat
  101. @JeffreyKeefer I know, I saw this year this: “associate professor position non-tenure” … #adjunctchat
  102. @katrinafee @hoosierphd This is something I wonder about too, since I am not interested in the TT route. #AdjunctChat
  103. @fabianbanga I have seen positions like that with “raises” and such but not one advertized as such. Growth of clinical faculty? #adjunctchat
  104. @fabianbanga @JeffreyKeefer Other name is “Clinical associate professor”. Our school has a large contingent of “visiting prof” #adjunctchat
  105. @fabianbanga @literarychica Perhaps we need to share these sorts of resources more, or at least share links to them? #adjunctchat
  106. @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer we used to have “tenure lectures” > lecture SOE, many people do not even know what this is today #adjunctchat
  107. Well, our scheduled #adjunctchat is ending, once again too soon to exhaust all the sharing and support! #adjunctchat
  108. @JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Yes, some offer reimbursement. Problem is, sometimes adjuncts don’t have money upfront for conf. #Adjunctchat
  109. A4 I need to have greater breadth of pub so I can maintain credentials in variety of depts #adjunctchat
  110. @JeffreyKeefer Thanks for modding! Doing a great job. I keep a column open on Tweetdeck just for #adjunctchat so I can keep up.
  111. @fabianbanga @literarychica If we don’t support one another, then we all have lost something in the process #adjunctchat
  112. My take away is remembering how important research groups are and how they can support adjunct research, as @Comprof1 noted. #adjunctchat
  113. @fabianbanga @JeffreyKeefer Why did they stop? We have a cross dis research group in instructional research. Very helpful. #adjunctchat
  114. @JeffreyKeefer @fabianbanga Agreed! Little things can make a difference, like getting information out there for other adjuncts. #AdjunctChat
  115. One take-away from today is explore how to engage with my uni to understand what they value regarding publishing and presenting #adjunctchat
  116. @hoosierphd Also important to keep attending for networking as well as prof dev reasons. #adjunctchat
  117. @hoosierphd Also important to keep attending for networking as well as prof dev reasons. #adjunctchat
  118. It’s always good to know I’m not alone in my questions! Thanks #adjunctchat
  119. Another take-away is to see how I can continue to support others struggling in this area, sort of like #adjunct karma #adjunctchat
  120. @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer I think many institutions are putting all their resources in research and not in teaching #adjunctchat
  121. @JeffreyKeefer May even be additional resources or you need to present how ur research improves profile of School. #adjunctchat
  122. I am exploring alternate ways of making the archive for this chat available, and have something new to try. #adjunctchat
  123. If anybody knows a robust Twitter archive solution for #adjunctchat Tweets, please let me know. #adjunctchat
  124. A4 Forgot to mention how sometimes need to press the importance of your research & how it helps prestige of univ. #adjunctchat
  125. With all this, does anybody have any other suggestions for our next chat? I will work into a poll for later in the week. #adjunctchat
  126. @fabianbanga @JeffreyKeefer And sometimes has money available (or will find money) if dept is behind you. #adjunctchat
  127. One other question — we have been having #adjunctchat biweekly on Tuesdays at 4:00pm EDT. Is that the best ongoing day / time? #adjunctchat
  128. Thank you all for lots of great questions, resources, and shared ideas. Lots to process today. #adjunctchat
  129. Please know the #adjunctchat tag is open and anybody can read or reply or RT our nuggets. Glad to engage with all you today. #adjunctchat
  130. Please know the #adjunctchat tag is open and anybody can read or reply or RT our nuggets. Glad to engage with all you today. #adjunctchat
  131. @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer I agree; I am the chair of my dep / we share resources equally among adjunct and tenured faculty #adjunctchat
  132. @JeffreyKeefer Storify is a good archive web service for Twitter. Very easy to use. #adjunctchat
  133. Thank you all; I hope to transition this chat into an ongoing discussion. Who knows how new ideas gain traction! #adjunctchat