Yesterday was our solar eclipse. I had the fortunate opportunity to see a crescent moon shape with our moon/sun overlap here in Houston. Digging further in to my short-lived excitement, I looked up the definition of an eclipse and discovered its meaning: a loss of significance, power, or prominence in relation to another person or thing.
Interesting enough while the world continued to watch their NASA videos and shortly after my own solar eclipse experience, I learned an educational eclipse was coming with one of my schools. The lose of significance would be a face-to-face class I taught because of the all mighty and bright powers of online learning.
While I celebrated the prospects of being able to eat dinner with my family in the evening because of this anomaly, my brain focused immediately on finances. My family is barely making ends meet now so what should we do with the prospect of yet another loss in pay?
Unfortunately, this is the reality of an adjunct. Needed one day and then not needed the next. I don’t blame the institution to tell you the truth. It does make more economic sense to move the class online, but I also know the value of teaching Psychology face-to-face to students. While some classes can function quite well with online formatting, an online psychology, for most of the students in this demographic, will not be their best option.
The school has other opportunities for tutoring and such that I am thankful for but that is ultimately not what I want to do with my time. I like to be in front of students watching their brains turn on as the concepts make a connection to their personal lives. I enjoy the wonderment and excitement that comes with understanding an assignment and reading the material the student produces.
Maybe that makes me a nerd, but I have embraced it. I’m not sure when this transition should occur, but I’m excited to see what the future holds now that this element of my professional career is removing itself. One day at a time. Let’s see what happens.
Are any of you in limbo at the moment? If so, share with us what you are waiting for from an institution. As soon as I know more about my position, I’ll be sure to post as well.