Adjunct Social Networking with Blogs
A few weeks ago, I posted the following discussion question on the LinkedIn Group, Able Adjuncts:
Adjunct Hurdles & Pitfalls – I want to help adjunct faculty avoid the pitfalls I have observed. What helps adjuncts helps students and deans, like me. I would appreciate hearing what, in your opinion, those issues are so I can add them to my blog postings on www.adjunctassistance.com.
Angie McKinnon Carter, Adjunct Instructor at Utah Valley University, posted this response:
“I’ve enjoyed having monthly faculty meetings with the other adjuncts in my department. It helps with developing best practices in the classroom and solving problems that creep up. Plus, it provides a social connection that helps me feel connected to the school and other adjuncts. I also think it helps create good rapport with the faculty coordinators.”
Angie, your response makes perfect sense. Sharing and developing best practices is … well … the best! However, it is not always possible for the “professional adjunct,” with so many other time commitments, to attend regularly scheduled meetings.
Wait. Did you say “social connection” ? If meetings don’t work, try social networking !
All you adjuncts out there, why not start your own blog to connect with the other part time instructors at your college? There are a number of free blog hosts from which to choose, and you don’t need to be a techno-geek to get started. If you are reading this post, the skills it took to get here will serve you well. (If you are not reading this post, just ignore my comments. 😉 )
If any of you start a Blog, let me know how it goes. If any of you are already doing this, let me know it has been working. If you like my Blog and want to add a link to it, that’s fine too.
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.
Posted March 19, 2010