I will be teaching at four schools this semester ( 2 private 4 year institutions, 1 state 4 year university, and 1 two-year community college)...at least I think so.
Classes start at two of these this coming week and once course is still one below the minimum needed to run. The other schools start the following week and two courses are in jeopardy there. Plus enrollment is down to the point that full time faculty are having their classes cancelled and rushing to pick the best classes adjuncts have been assigned to. Do I have a schedule? Did I make a mistake in turning down other classes since they conflicted with my 'schedule'.
I have found in the past that it is okay for a College to bump us at the last minute, but if we protect ourselves with double booking, and then have to back out of a class at the last minute, we probably will not be asked back the following semester.
At one College our friend, "Professor Staff' , was teaching three of my classes until last week. I was told by the department in May that I would be assigned those classes, but the department chair refused to put names of the courses since he said that students tend to enroll for courses that they know adjuncts are teaching and he felt that the full time faculty was safer if students did not know who was teaching the class. D'UH! Does he not realize that students recognize the job adjuncts do!!!
Actually in New Jersey many colleges and universities stopped using 'Staff' a few years ago when our Community College adjunct local made a big fuss about it. Now they use 'TBD' or 'TBA'.
The big rush will begin on Monday to the copy machines to print out syllabi and other course work. I did all of mine while teaching Summer session. I made copies of syllabi for all courses I MAY be teaching, just so I would have them in case I do teach the course. This avoids last minute rushes and printer breakdowns and jams. It does weigh down my car. And speaking about cars, I wish our salary went up in the same proportion as gas did over the past few years. I am spending a higher % of my salary on gas every year, especially as a "Roads Scholar' travelling between schools.
WE ARE THE FACELESS NEW FACULTY MAJORITY