Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Job Openings

At Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Maryland.


At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hm. I'll not be doing the Big Job Search (like, the whole MLA thing) until next Fall, since my dissertation is going slowly: so I wonder, how does MC work the process? I do have one of those terminal degrees (an MFA), but scant publications: any thoughts on prospects for adjunct work at Montgomery College? What are the course loads like, and how much cross-teaching do English folk do in terms of lit / comp / (possibly) creative writing? More to the point: might one be able to live in PG county on an MC adjunct salary?

I sure wouldn't mind coming home.


At 6:38 AM, Blogger Rosa G. said...

Mike, an MFA is sufficient to apply for a fulltimejob here, which would be better economically for you. "Surviving" and "adjunct's salary" are two expressions that don't quite mesh. Of course, working fulltime would eat into time used to write your diss, but that's why god created the summertime. If you're still interested, send me an email at: joanna.howard@montgomerycollege.edu.
The deadline for applications, is in January, FYI.

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Rosa G. said...

Oh, and another thing (forgive me, it's 6 in the morning). Our workload is 15 ESH (credits hours) per semester, and generally we teach combinations of comp and lit--some folks get release time to coordinate comp or lit programs--creative writing courses are part of the mix, too, and the philosophy is that no one "owns" a course, so the chance to teach cw is there, but you'd be at the back of the line, so to speak. We are also given release time to tutor in the Writing Center.

Sample Schedule (mine):

I teach two sections of EN 001 (Basic Writing), 5 ESH each, MWF;
One section of developmental reading, RD 089, 3 ESH, T, TH;
I tutor in the Writing Center for two hours per week;
I have one hour release time to work with the new coordinator of Basic Writing;
I have one hour of release time to tutor students in the Biomedical Scholars program, a learning community which I am involved in during the summer.

And then there's committee work:
Composition Steering Committee (collegewide)
Basic Writing Committee (campus)
Books and Ideas Steering Committee (college)
Writing and Reading Center Steering Committee (campus)
Technology Committee (campus)

Oh, and let's not forget,
Academic Appeals Committee (campus, every other week);
and being a liasion (sp?) to the state k-16 subcommittee on community college English

The workload is not as staggering as this looks--some committees convene only when necessary; others, a few times a year. And, I try to funnel my committee work into my interests (comp, tech) to keep me from feeling scattered.

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, oh, can I apply too... oh wait, I already work there. To follow up what Rosa said, MC is a good place to work- big enough that there is room for a lot of interests, but small enough that you don't get lost! The student population is very diverse, and there are many interesting people to work with.

The workload is very humane especially compared to other places I have worked. There is a lot of committee work, but you will find that at an community college- and while you are required to serve on some departmental committees, others are usually voluntary and jive with your interests/passions.


At 8:36 PM, Blogger Rosa G. said...

I think I know you. Aren't you the teacher whose lab I've been sneaking through this past week to get into my lab ; ). I've temporarily lost my swipe key and am confident that it will turn up in mid-January. So for now, I'm depending on everyone's kindness.

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to be so slow in responding -- for me, it's the end of the semester rush, plus the dissertation work, as well. I think I probably have one more year of good funding here in New England, so as much as I'd love a chance to come home and work in the fall at a place like MC, my dissertation and the grad student's teaching schedule will probably take precedence. Still: as I've noted before, my convictions about class, pedagogy, and the material circumstances of writing incline me towards community college work -- and I know firsthand that MC is a fine place.



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