Getting hired as an adjunct after a break?
January 7, 2013 4:26 PM Subscribe
I have written a ton of cover letters applying to tenure track jobs, but every adjunct class I ever taught I obtained through referrals and word of mouth. I now find myself wanting to ONLY adjunct after an extended break, and have no idea how to write an inquiry letter. And I know just the folks to ask. . .
posted by dirtmonster to Work & Money (4 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I used to be a tenure track art professor (7 years of adjuncting, 3 years of TT). 2.5 years ago, little dirtmonster was born and Slothrop (Mr. Dirtmonster) got hired at a different university, so we moved several states away and I decided to stay home with little dirtmonster for a while.
I am now ready to teach again - no desire to head back in to the tenure track at all, but I'd love one class a semester, and Slothrop and I think we can make it work pretty effectively schedule-wise. But here's the trick - how do I write the letter that might land me said gig? I'm going to start off in Slothrop's department (they routinely hire spouses), but there are 6 universities in our area where I should probably also send out feelers.
I know I need to address the absence, but I can't quite figure out the wording. Also, do I let my CV listing of courses taught speak for itself, do I gently refer to the list, or do I just straight up say "look, I can teach a lot of stuff - let me list it for you"? I also need to address the need to have some flexibility of scheduling - I would prefer a night class, which may be all they need to hear. . .but maybe I need to be more specific?
Thank you for your suggestions!