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Reflections from an Adjunct History Instructor (Part One) — What are the Benefits and Limits of Being an Adjunct?

Well, my first semester as an adjunct History professor ended less than a month ago. The students in the course that I was teaching, HIST 037, “Women in American History,” took their final on Monday, December 14, and I spent the next few days grading those exams and submitting their scores online. Now that a few weeks have passed, I wanted to start a new series of blog entries that would do two at least things. First, extend my gratitude to everyone who makes these courses possible, from the staff and faculty of Solano Community College (SCC) to the maintenance crew, and to the students themselves, who gave me the benefit of the doubt when I was less prepared than I should have been, and who extended excellent feedback during our last seminar. Second, share some initial reflections about life as an adjunct (part-time) professor at a community college generally, and as a teacher of “Women in American History” specifically. This blog post is intended to start an ongoing exploration of these topics. I plan to follow-up with more posts throughout the year.

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Adjunct History Instructor at Solano Community College

Dear readers, this week I was fortunate enough to be hired as an adjunct history instructor at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Northern California. Fairfield is the county seat of Solano County, about halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento. I will be teaching an 18-week course this fall entitled “Women in American History.” The class will be taught on the main campus, starting on Monday, August 31. It will meet three times a week; and it will meet for one hour in the afternoons of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The course was designed by a resident professor at Solano Community College, and I will be utilizing their materials and syllabus; however, if the course goes well, then I will have the opportunity to design my own course for the spring semester, as well as for future terms.

Overall, I am extraordinarily grateful to the staff at Solano Community College for extending this wonderful opportunity to me, as well as to the Graduate School and History Department at UC Davis for allowing me to accept this position while on the Provost Fellowship. It has always been a dream of mine to teach my own History courses. While I have been a guest lecturer, a proctor, a tutor, a case manager, and a conference presenter in the past, “Women in American History” will be the first course that I teach by myself. I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of implementing some of the many ideas that I have learned throughout my career in post-secondary education. I am ecstatic at the thought of sharing some of my academic knowledge with youth and adult learners in Northern California, but I am even more excited when I think about all of the wisdom that I will undoubtedly gain from them. Particularly, I am excited to learn about what it means to be a youth and a student in today’s society, and which historical questions are the most engaging for our young adults and our future scholars.

Thanks for your support, and best wishes.

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