Non–Tenure Track Faculty on Teaching: The View from Here

Solicited by the OAH Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Faculty Employment (CPACE)

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Type: Workshop

Tags: Education; Professional Development; Teaching and Pedagogy


Pre-registration required | Limited to 40 people
Cost: Complimentary
Dinner Included
For the overwhelming majority of non–tenure track faculty, teaching is a common experience. This session is an opportunity to share your expertise and exchange ideas with others. What motivates your teaching? What have you learned from failures and successes, charged conversations or the difficult student in the classroom? How and why is history essential to the humanities? How can we encourage students to major or minor in the field? What do we bring to this dialogue/discourse from off the tenure track? 
Keynote speaker Dr. Herb Childress is the author of The Adjunct Underclass: How Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and their Mission (University of Chicago Press, 2019). With sharp insight and eloquence, he depicts the “vast purgatory of contingent life.” Along with numerous articles, he has written the books The PhDictionary and Landscapes of Betrayal, Landscapes of Joy. He earned a PhD in architecture from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His teaching career began at Duke University where he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the University Writing Program. He served as Director of Liberal Studies and Dean of Research and Assessment at Boston Architectural College. Currently, he writes and lectures, and also provides services to higher education in faculty development and coordination of assessment and accreditation.


  • 6:00 pm Introduction 
  • 6:15 pm Brainstorming  
  • 6:30 pm Dinner in groups  
  • 7:15 pm Feedback on group discussions 
  • 7:45 pm Keynote  
  • 8:30–9:00 pm Questions and discussion

Session Participants

Presenter: Herb Childress, Author

Commentator: Amy Essington, California State University, Fullerton

Commentator: Elizabeth Anne Hohl, Fairfield University