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: