Daniel and David interview Adjunct Professor, Jason Witt.
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I typically teach at three colleges a semester.
Each semester my load is usually about seven classes. I teach every single day and teach two night classes per week. I am in my 14th year of teaching this schedule.
Q: In a typical semester how many essays do you grade?
We have to grade whenever we have a scrap of time.
- We are grading during office hours.
- We are grading in between classes.
- When we come home from work, we are grading.
- On the weekends, you are grading, pretty much the entire weekend.
For the next four months, this is your life.
The rewards are that you are going to have 6 or 12 weeks and summers off.
What helps you to do your job?
- You have to be an extremely good organizer. (I color code everything.)
- You are going to have to prepare early for the week.
- Organization is a big, big, thing.
- Focus. I am one of those people who can put myself in ‘grading mode’ for hours.
- I can sit on the couch, for hours and hours and just grade.
For me, I grade papers on hard copy instead of digitally. I am carrying these papers around with me wherever I go.
We have to take on more classes to make ends meet.
The best way for a student to communicate with me is in person. I am perfectly willing to meet with them, out on a bench or wherever.
Q: What are you like at the end of the semester?
A: After I have finished grading all of those papers, I sit and watch T.V. for one week because I don’t want my brain to do any work. Here’s the thing, after two or three weeks, I am ready to get back into the classroom.
There’s something about this job… We all know it’s certainly not the money.
Could things be better? Yes.
This is a challenging job, but there are ways of making it work.
There are changes that definitely need to be made.
- There needs to be more money.
- There needs to be more full time jobs.
I have to teach so much so I can make a living. It is a challenge.
Daniel: One of the things we wanted to do is attach a voice to the adjunct professor. Thank you Jason.
We recorded this podcast on October 11, 2013
Email for Prof. Jason Witt: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“I teach 7 classes at 3 colleges and grade 1,000 essays a semester.
I have been doing this for the past 14 years.”
Prof. Jason Witt