Just a “Junior” College?
While Joliet Junior College retains its original moniker, most two-year colleges in my home state of Illinois bill themselves as “community” colleges. A few, like Harper College, have dropped the word community from their name. In other states like Wisconsin (Love this state! We have a second home in Wisconsin and spend nearly every weekend hear. Oops. Sorry. You readers will soon discover that I sometimes get a bit sidetracked. Back to the matter at hand.) they have “technical” colleges. In reality, if I say “community college” assume that I am talking about all two-year public colleges. Community college adjuncts confront some very unique challenges which I will discuss in upcoming postings. I am not going to steal my own thunder, but I will say one thing for now. This is something I told my doctoral dissertation committee, but only after I defended my dissertation. 🙂 Anyone can teach at a research university; you have to be good to teach at a community college.
So, now that I have offended all of you who teach at a university, I beg you give me a chance to explain. In reality, many of the issues that I will address do, for the most part, apply to teaching freshman and sophomore courses at universities. What tends to be different is … Wait. You’re going to have to tune in later to get my views on this one. Any guesses what I may have to say?
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.