Welcome to the COPTI blog! We are here to discuss issues as they relate to Part time Faculty on The University of Akron campuses.
What would you like to learn more about? Some ideas that we have include:
- Teaching tips and techniques
- Student evaluations
- How to change ranks / make yourself a career
- Social network – Who are we? Who do you know? How can we talk? What kind of support can we offer each other?
Some business before we get too far. What this isn’t:
- Private – this is linked to a University of Akron Faculty Senate sponsored web-site
- Personal – if you have job issues / questions that you don’t want to make public – don’t post them here! Instead send a message to Shannon Osorio at firstname.lastname@example.org or April Freely at email@example.com.
- A place to push a political agenda – We welcome your reasoned and respectful opinions. A thoughtful debate of issues and concerns is always helpful. Please keep in mind that we Part time Faculty are people from all political, religious and ethnic backgrounds. This is a place to meet, learn, and carry on civil discussions.
I remember my first days, when I walked through the confusing corridors of Olin Hall to find the office I would share with three other long-term adjuncts. The room was filled with decades worth of scholarship, hundreds of past student portfolios. I was also greeted by the crazed face of Albert Einstein, tacked up on the wall—and an explosion of fantastic zebra paraphernalia 🙂
But where were my colleagues?
It’s hard to get a sense of the scope of the work adjuncts do across campus when everybody is in and out, here and there. Last Spring, I saw my officemates nary a time during the entire semester. When I first arrived, I had little sense that there were dozens of other Composition lecturers scattered about—I hardly saw a soul.
We hope this blog might be a space where we can get connected with the other part-timers floating about campus, folks we might never “meet” otherwise, so that we can take advantage of the wealth of experiences part-time faculty offer the campus community.
For instance, where do your research interests align with other folk scattered about? How can we learn best-practices from each other regarding our often transient work as adjuncts—who knows better how to teach eight courses at three different campuses than my fellow part-timers? We’d like this to become a virtual gathering-space that might combat the sometimes scattered nature of our “workplace”: some of us grade student work in the car before we’re off to the next job. Sometimes, I can pick out the adjuncts when I see your cars in the parking lot: there are signs!
Shannon and I, as your part-time representatives to the Faculty Senate, also see that having a stronger part-time faculty community contributes to the effectiveness of the Committee on Part-time Issues within the structure of University governance.
We hope to buck the trends a bit and provide a space where, in some sense, contingent faculty can become a better integrated thread in the fabric of campus-community at UofA.
Now, the real question is: would you read such a blog? Would you write content for such a blog? Would you like a more private platform for your blog? What do you think?