Professor quitting right before/right after start of semester

posted 2 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do you think I should take the new job (if I get an offer) or teach the classes?

    Take the new job!

    Teach the classes!

  • Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I am of the opinion that when it comes to career development, ALWAYS do what is best for you. Companies and organizations will always have someone available or someone on a waiting list to take your place. I will echo pps and say do NOT contact the employer for an earlier decision. 

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I say this about every job: If they wanted to ensure that you would be employed there for a set amount of time they could do that. But they don’t want a term contract; they want employment at will. Which is fine, but then what they have is employment at will. They aren’t committed to you for a specific time frame, so you don’t commit to them for a specific time frame. 

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    You are the only person who is going to take care of you. Take the job. 

    Post # 20
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

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    impatient1 :  well…yes and no. most adjuncts actually DO have term contracts (they’re contracted for the semester). it’s just that the contract and very biased towards the university’s interests – stipulating that the university can cancel classes due to budget or enrollment up to a certain date (which is usually the day of first class), etc. Adjuncts are 1000% taken advantage of – but they do typically have short-term contracts, precisely because the university typically attempts to avoid situations where they have to replace an instructor halfway through the semester. that said, i dont know of any university that actually ENFORCES their adjunct contracts, as it’s just not worthwhile.

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Absolutely take the job. Don’t ask for an earlier decision. Give your two weeks’ notice if possible, but otherwise leave whenever necessary to start the new position.

    If the university wanted permanent instructors, they’d hire them in permanent positions, full-time with benefits. That’s not what they want, and they wouldn’t think twice about laying you off at the last minute if enrollment numbers were lower than expected. You don’t owe them anything.

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee

    As a former adjunct who had to jump ship from some highly specialized courses mid-semester to take a permanent job – if you get the offer, take it! Especially since the job is outside academia they will expect you to have to work a notice period and your start date may be pushed out by some weeks, which could be nearly at mid-semester. 

    Come back when you hear back and let us know what happens!

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee

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    Anonymous1063 :  This is a situation where you gotta look out for yourself. Take the job. Adjunct positions are notorious for being unfair to the professors. If you can stay 2-4 weeks and teach while they find a replacement, then offer the university the option. However, ONLY if the new job approves that start day. 

    Post # 25
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I’m a tenured professor and department head in charge of hiring adjuncts. If one of my adjuncts came to me with this,  I’d say take the job. I know how exploitative adjunct positions can be.

    That said, if the job didn’t work out and they came back to me a year later, I’d probably pass on hiring them again as an adjunct. You don’t do tthe  last minute scramble to find instructors if you can avoid it.

    Post # 27
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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    Anonymous1063 :  My husband is pretty much in the exact same position. He has his PhD but tenured track positions are impossible to find in our area. Once one professor retires, they’re replaced with adjuncts. He’s teaching about 5 courses this semester while also interviewing for executive director positions that would be a huge jump in pay. With no hesitation, if the right offer is made, he’s letting go of the classes! 

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee

    Look out for yourself and take the better job. 

    Don’t ask them to make an earlier decision, though. If you’re offered the job, give your two weeks notice to your current employer. 

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