Daniel and David interview Adjunct Professor, Dr. Melissa Knoll.

Melissa | Student Caring Sound Bites from the Podcast:

The workload is huge!

I have a colleague who teaches 6 classes in one day.

I wasn’t quite prepared for the commute time, it can be grueling.

Q: What are the biggest challenges being an adjunct professor?

A: Not having an office. It would give me a sense of respectability and place.

I feel like a second class citizen.

I meet with students by a planter or a coffee cart area.

It can be challenging to keep up with current pedagogy.

I try to keep my quality of life pretty good.

If I have grading time, that’s what I do.

I spend an hour and a half grading every day – and that’s with only 75 students.

Am I going to prioritize my pedagogy or my time as a researcher? As an adjunct, you have to choose.

I get to watch one episode of T.V. and day.

Q:  What tips do you have for people working at multiple campuses?

A:  You have to figure out how to be organized.

  • I have a box in the car for each campus.
  • Color coded folders are really useful.
  • Sticking to a plan.

Being really regular in terms of grading has been a savior for me.

I remember I graded 2 sets of papers in one night and then taught a 9:45 am class and I thought, no one should live this way.

I always know what I am doing in each class at the beginning of each semester.

The night before I always get the reading done again.

We are seeing that being predictable is important helps to minimize student stress.

In the classroom, they always know what’s going to happen.

I am actually caring about how they are doing.

You feel like something that is used and thrown away at the end of the semester. Or paid to go away.

I feel very strongly that I was born to teach.

The most happy comfortable place for me is in front of a classroom.

If I don’t get a full time job, I will consider looking into other professions.

I feel like I am one of the best!

Every year that I don’t pick up a full time job, it’s lost income.

I love being a teacher.

I want a full time job.

I want an institution to commit to me and I want to commit myself.

In one place where I teach, I am not even given a library card.

We recorded this podcast on October 11, 2013

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 Email for Dr. Melissa Knoll:  mgarcia.knoll@gmail.com

Why Your Opinion Matters: 

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

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Daniel & David