Always an Adjunct?

Walking Away I’m walking away, but I’m not turning my back.

Regular readers of this website know that I left my adjunct teaching position at the University of Georgia last May. ¬†Ultimately, I’m glad I did what I did. The job wasn’t bad, but it was keeping me from moving on to something better.

In this week’s post at Vitae, I discuss some of the questions I’ve been dealing with since deciding to leave my position.

For one, it’s just kind of strange to not be prepping for classes this year like I would usually be doing. After dedicating about seven years of my life to a career track,¬†I’m having a hard time leaving it behind.

I’m also struggling with another important question. How does my role as a writer about adjunct issues change now that I’m no longer an adjunct? My professional identity for the past couple of years has been that of an adjunct who writes about adjunct issues. Now I’m wondering what my new life outside of academe means for my legitimacy as a higher ed writer.

Should I continue to write about adjunct issues? Am I allowed to? Will I even want to?

I have to admit that part of me wants to leave the conversation entirely. I know progress is being made. I see it every day. In the two and half years since the Adjunct Project first began, adjunct issues have been pushed into the mainstream. The tide appears to be turning.

As I discuss in the piece, I’m not sure what my new role will be and whether or not I will stay connected to higher ed. I know leaving was something I had to do. Now I just need to figure out how I can continue to be useful to the growing movement.

Read more about my decision to leave academe and about the questions I’m pondering at:

Giving Up the Good.

6 Comments

  1. Allowed to? A Victorian “pshaw!” seems appropriate. It’s up to you to allow yourself or not. Interest is another matter. Outside but understanding first hand how the sausage is made is a valid perspective that and one that positions you to translate: explain the inside perspective to the general public — and the other way around.

  2. Josh, yes, you need to continue to write on our issues. You have blazed a trail in this fight and you belong to us. You are an adjunct at heart and need to continue to make our voices heard!

    1. Thanks, Bill. I always remember my visit to New Jersey fondly. Had a great time up there. I still think about how much breakfast we ate on Sunday.

  3. I follow your posts and wonder what you have moved onto now as I am pondering the same thing, after only ~3 years adjuncting/ tutoring. They recently cut adjuncts’ hours in TBR due to “fear” about the Affordable Care Act.

    1. Hey Danielle,

      I’m still trying to figure that out myself. I’ve been freelancing and doing some web design work lately. Applied to a few jobs, but haven’t gotten any interviews. Even though I haven’t found a new career path yet, I still feel good about my decision to stop adjuncting. It was never going to provide the income and job security I feel I’m worth. Glad to be out of there. Looking ahead to the future.

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