Complaint / review text:
I taught courses for AU for several years. I do not wish to have any retribution back from the college. At the beginning of my job we had teaching assistants to help us grade endless papers from students due each week. That lasted 6 months into my employment, then they dismissed those assistants.instructors were then responsible for having up to 40 students per 5 week term. Pay was scant. $1200 per 5 week term. We did not really "teach", we were given a course model and had to follow it by using "best practices" and rubrics. Any person could do it really, it insulted all the education we had striven to achieve.
I cannot begin to tell you how many students told me I was one of the only teachers that: A) answered their emails, B) graded their work swiftly, C) was kind and helpful, D) made the class interesting and fun. My student evals reflected this fact each and every time. Most of my students did not know how to write essays correctly in a paper driven class, or take criticism and change their work. No one could read directions and rarely did they write a paper to specifications. Some students were unable to do simple tasks such as comment on discussion boards or post responses on time or opening a blog. Many of them were monetarily poor, had serious illnesses or were lacking any kind of preparatory education, even high school.
Curiously, for some reason, there is no human resources dept. If you call a supervisor, they do not return any phone calls, although the people who help you with team leading are helpful, the attrition is high. The review process is extremely insulting. Once a year they check your courses and find all the things wrong with your classes and offer you a mentor to work with to improve your business model. We have clients, not students here. There is no recognition for time spent in emails or telephone calls with students. We also get no recognition for assistance with help on papers.
The "powers that be" want us to have canned discussion responses ready to cut and paste into the boards. This alleviates all manner of contact or connection with the students on a personal level. We are to be robots and they are the recipient of that model of educational "BEST" practice. It is meant to be cookie cutter. No credit is given for people with years of experience and many supervisors are fresh out of college with little to no experience in academia.
If the supervisors do not want you to teach for them anymore there is no notice, no email, no phone call and no letter. They just cut you off. You are an adjunct and dispensable. They make sure the contracts are listed this way, although I am told most people usually hear from a Dean when they are let go. Not so. Calls go unanswered, emails do as well and the unprofessional climate of the company maintains its dicey reputation. To put it nicely: bye bye, do not let the door hit you on the way out.
I love my students and always wanted and still want the best for them. Teaching for a "company" in this atmosphere is not conducive to a healthy work environment. This is the definite worst work model I have ever worked for and believe me, I have worked for many colleges in the past. This place is a sham and has an egregious work model.