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Subject: Re: Would You Go Back to Work? Date: 5/25/2004 4:20 PM
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A college-level teaching job doesn't sound too bad, particularly if you can teach without having to get too wrapped up in department politics or feel pressure to research and publish.

It's actually pretty good. There is no boss. You just do your own thing. You've nailed the bad parts--departmental politics and the publish or perish pressure. There's one other thing I don't like, which is service. We call it "staff work" in the corporate world. I don't want to be on the faculty senate or committees, etc.

I think what would appeal to me is a kind of adjunct lecturer position. What I'd like is to offer the university a deal where in semesters they are short-handed, I would come in and teach a class for them. When they don't need me, I'd be happy to sit out. That would give them some flexibility in staffing course schedules. My willingness to work only when they need me might be a huge asset to them. In exchange, I would ask not to have to do service work, reasearch, etc. I could also work as an independent consultant or contractor if they like, since I'm not really interested in benefits.

I might also be open to more menial work. I saw this job once that I would LOVE to have. I had an appointment with a lawyer. When I went to his office, his receptionist was reading a novel. She put down the novel, asked whom I an appointment with, notified the attorney, then went back to reading. I'd like to have a job like hers. Even though it wouldn't pay as much as teaching, it appeals to me because teaching is hard work relative to that. She was probably some partner's relative, so I probably don't have a chance at a job like that.

Shoot, a bunch of us ought to find a place to live and make deals with lawyers and such. We'd probably all be happy to work one or two days a week as a receptionist like that without benefits. Vacation we could handle by covering for each other. What a deal! The lawyers would like it because it would be cheaper and they wouldn't have to deal with all that personnel stuff. We'd like it because it would give us just the little extra income we wanted.

Thank you all for your comments.

- tmeri
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