A is for Adjunct

Welcome to Round 8 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nes­bitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) begin­ning with the des­ig­nated letter are selected and woven into a post.

For the past two rounds, I’ve taken unusual words and paired them with a photo of my world. Since I’ve used all the unusual words I have photos for, I’m switching things up this time. I’ll be taking each letter and pairing it with a personal experience or life lesson; hopefully with a photo, but I’m not promising anything.


In 2006 I filled in for an instructor at the local journalism school. The class was the capstone project for senior advertising students. Since I already have a full time 40-hour -a-week job, this is an adjunct position; meaning I do it on my own time (a.k.a. I don’t have to go to faculty meetings, put up with academic bureaucracy or worry about gaining tenure. I’m free to pass on the knowledge I know with no strings attached.)

This is my 6th year, semester begins on Thursday and I. Can’t. Wait.

Fifteen seniors will plant themselves in my classroom with fresh ideas and a contagious energy. They will work with three real, live clients with real, live advertising projects. Their challenge is to create a viable strategic advertising plan based on research, complete with dog and pony show for the client at the end of the semester.

MindMarket 2008; photo credit to Steve Veile

Throughout the next 15 weeks I’m an instructor to be sure, but also a guidance counselor, cheerleader, devil’s advocate, therapist, mom and will provide the occasional “kick in the pants.” My goal is to create the closest thing to an agency expe­ri­ence as pos­sible, but with the safety nets needed to catch them when they fall. And, even though they are nine foot tall, bullet proof seniors, they do fall. Sadly, no such safety nets exist after they leave the halls of academia.

In the end, I’ll become very attached to all of them. Many will go on to become suc­cessful in their chosen fields. Others will not have skin thick enough to handle the pres­sure of the industry. Some will friend me on Facebook. A few will become actual friends and we’ll meet occasionally and share more about our lives.

So let the games begin.

To find more ABC Wednesday fun from around the globe, click the logo in my sidebar. Hope to see you next week!

13 thoughts on “A is for Adjunct

  1. Great post for the A Day — but then all of your posts are great, Lisa! Being a former teacher I do so relate to the many different roles a teacher plays in a classroom over the semester! Hope you have a great class this semester! Enjoy!



  2. This is fabulous. Sounds so rewarding for both you and the students.

    I like the new direction for ABC. I haven’t figured out what I’m doing yet. Eek? Or less stress?

    ABC Team (I’m their new mascot!)


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