Newbie or experienced English adjuncts or full-timers creating new curriculum, we are here with a simple mission: minimize English comp. prep and grading time so instructors can have more time for inspiration needed to become the best teacher possible.
First, I’ll briefly share our origin story, then explain how my ignorance helped create EnglishAdjuncts.com (EA), and end with some of the resources and materials we provide to combat the intense expectations placed on English adjuncts shoulders every semester.
As a brand new community college adjunct without any TA experience, I was handed a textbook, an example syllabus, assigned two different courses, and told I’d start teaching a few weeks later. Looking back, I’m shocked I wasn’t given a Master Course Outline or Master Syllabus, nor was I offered any Blackboard/Canvas LMS orientation/training.
I have no doubt, I was letting down the students on my roster those first few semesters. Like most instructors, I did my best and learned along the way. I stumbled upon professional development opportunities here and there, and did a lot of online research. I also ate through any and every penny I earned by spending hours planning, grading, questioning, and fretting over things small as supplemental materials to large as assignment sheets and grading rubrics. Click here to read more about maximizing your adjunct stipend.