Skeptical Reception for New Book on Becoming Adjunct

June 2, 2014

A short new book on becoming an adjunct, Become a Part-Time Professor, got some tough reviews on Twitter over the weekend, with adjuncts objecting to the seemingly carefree existence the book's illustrations suggest are part of the life of those off the tenure track. Illustrations suggest that adjuncts can do their jobs with a laptop from the beach, or from a boat, and don't convey much of the stress one hears from those working as adjuncts. The book is by Lesa Hammond, an administrator at Alliant University, who is also working to create databases to make it easier for colleges to identify potential adjuncts. Some on Twitter were inspired to use the hashtag #clueless. The book also has a YouTube video that conveys some of the tone that is raising eyebrows of those who work off the tenure track.

Via email, Hammond said: "The book is written primarily for professionals who are qualified, but either don’t know how to become an adjunct or who have not considered becoming adjunct faculty. For the right person, a part-time faculty position is a way to help them promote themselves as an expert in their field and it can provide flexibility to live where they want or continue working full-time. The images on the front cover are designed to show that flexibility."



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