Having been a "contract" instructor at a uni for a number of years, I'm going to suggest you cut the word "adjunct." I'd be willing to bet your students have no idea of the "adjunct" and to them, you are "prof." You do the "prof" work. I just use the word "teacher," as it reflects what I actually do. Academia is a rotten system, very fond of using words to compartmentalize people. What your piece here is--in part--about! Well done. I also see what Steven Hale is saying, yes, but the energy with which you stand up to the word... Inspiring and moving! Some part of me hopes that this thinking holds some Big Power! Thank you. I look forward to following you here, and reading more!

Alison Acheson’s latest book is a memoir of caregiving, Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days With ALS. She teaches writing in an MFA program.

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