Transcript for #AdjunctChat on 9/5/13

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JeffreyKeefer It is again time for #adjunctchat! 9/5/2013 16:04:32
JeffreyKeefer Welcome to this week’s #adjunctchat! 9/5/2013 16:04:48
JeffreyKeefer Today’s topic is: How do you manage adjunct time commitments (prep time, students, family, other work, etc.)? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:05:06
christiepooh @JeffreyKeefer Not currently an adjunct. When I was, I recall lots of late nights and missed fun times. #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:05:20
JeffreyKeefer Let’s see who is here today. Please introduce yourself!  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:07:07
JeffreyKeefer Who is here, where do you teach, and what subject?  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:07:29
JeffreyKeefer If you do not teach but are following along anyway, welcome and please say hello, too! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:07:53
JeffreyKeefer @christiepooh Welcome! Taking a break from teaching, perhaps?! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:08:21
JeffreyKeefer Today’s #adjunctchat topic is “How do you manage adjunct time commitments?” 9/5/2013 16:09:21
AlisonSeaman RT @JeffreyKeefer: Let’s see who is here today. Please introduce yourself!  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:09:22
JeffreyKeefer Just finding time for #adjunctchat is itself a challenge, ehh? 9/5/2013 16:09:40
JeffreyKeefer @AlisonSeaman Welcome! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:10:00
JeffreyKeefer Let’s chat a bit, and see what ideas and such come up  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:11:02
JeffreyKeefer Q1: How much time do you need to plan for a course new to you? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:11:09
JeffreyKeefer A1: I find that planning for a new course is a tremendous time drain; much longer than what it seems #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:12:03
JeffreyKeefer Perhaps now, between the first week of classes and Jewish holidays is not a good time for the week’s  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:13:26
christiepooh @JeffreyKeefer yes. Been applying but not getting anywhere. #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:14:53
JeffreyKeefer There seemed to be useful feedback for our shifting #adjunctchat to Thursdays, but perhaps we should consider Tuesday again? 9/5/2013 16:15:20
JeffreyKeefer @christiepooh Great, somebody else to talk to in  #adjunctchat! 9/5/2013 16:15:45
JeffreyKeefer @christiepooh Looking for an adjunct position can certainly be a challenge #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:16:14
JeffreyKeefer @christiepooh Positive energy to you! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:16:41
JeffreyKeefer @christiepooh What area are you looking to adjunct in? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:16:57
JeffreyKeefer For those interested in following #adjunctchat you may find TWUBS helpful http://t.co/jn4exeReCc as it fills in the tag automatically. 9/5/2013 16:18:28
JeffreyKeefer Another useful tool is http://t.co/V8MZWi9C4n for live chats #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:19:18
JeffreyKeefer Indeed, I think it is beginning of the semester busyness that has us unusually quiet here today #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:20:30
JeffreyKeefer I do love the irony that our #adjunctchat topic is “How do you manage adjunct time commitments” and people struggled to attend! 😉 9/5/2013 16:21:05
JeffreyKeefer I started teaching another section of the Research Process and Methodology course and found the prep rather good time-wise #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:22:15
JeffreyKeefer I did co-develop the course and have taught it several times, so the time commitment is finally minimized  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:22:44
VCVaile late to #adjunctchat – sorry about that 9/5/2013 16:22:52
VCVaile RT @GradCaucus: Remember, new issue of the Chronicle, featuring @JeffreyKeefer on #Adjunctchat http://t.co/iJZC00Toer 9/5/2013 16:23:45
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile Welcome! It is a little quiet today; beginning of the new term / Jewish holidays perhaps?! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:25:18
Ellsbeth Listening in to #adjunctchat as I watch a presentation on VoiceThread. Great discussion idea this week on time management. 9/5/2013 16:25:20
JeffreyKeefer I do find the topic of navigating time so challenging; there really is not an ideal for anything IMHO #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:25:52
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth Welcome to #adjunctchat! 9/5/2013 16:26:17
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer perhaps + everyone busy w/ new semester & “myprofessor” tweets #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:26:47
JeffreyKeefer RT @VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer perhaps + everyone busy w/ new semester & “myprofessor” tweets #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:27:14
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile @Ellsbeth How do you manage your time given lots interests and too little time to pursue them? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:27:47
Ellsbeth RT @JeffreyKeefer: @VCVaile @Ellsbeth How do you manage your time given lots interests and too little time to pursue them? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:28:52
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth I’ve been thinking about a clone or so but obvious is to trim where possible & learn to say no #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:29:12
JeffreyKeefer I find that my FT work and teaching and family and ongoing research interests + life makes time a most precious commodity #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:29:45
Ellsbeth I try to prioritize and sample things to decide which deserves more time or in-depth approach. #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:30:09
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile @Ellsbeth Perhaps we should have “No!” practice?! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:30:11
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth Do you ever feel everything is a priority and that is a challenge? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:30:55
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer Indeed so – I find myself losing patience w/ timewasters #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:31:28
JeffreyKeefer Our #adjunctchat topic right now is: How do you manage adjunct time commitments? 9/5/2013 16:31:51
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile Time wasting is insidious; somewhat reminds me of Proust #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:32:26
Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer Yes! 🙂 (Teaching + grad school + young kids + everything else) #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:32:50
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth I find that teaching a course as an adjunct when I really like it means I put more of myself into it than I get $ for #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:33:30
JeffreyKeefer I feel an educator at heart, and as a result I often put myself fully into my teaching. That can max out my time #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:34:12
AlisonSeaman @JeffreyKeefer Agree. It also makes conference-going difficult. I only have so many holidays & personal funds available. #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:34:12
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer time we waste ourselves is one thing, under our control or should be – time wasted by others is another #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:34:23
Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer I think that is very true. It’s easy to get sucked in when you really enjoy it & miss other things.  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:34:48
JeffreyKeefer @AlisonSeaman Indeed, I just returned from a self-funded academic conference in Germany  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:34:59
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile Can you talk more about what you have in mind? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:35:23
JeffreyKeefer I initially formulated some questions to help guide us http://t.co/sSsR1XrFyK but think this open discussion works; yes? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:36:02
Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer Tried to put time limits on myself when planning or grading. Setting timers has actually helped w/efficienty. #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:36:11
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth This reminds me of critical theory; it is easy to manipulate or use those who are passionate and want to fully engage #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:37:01
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth I tend to use the #pomodoro technique, something I picked up from #phdchat when doing my PhD #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:37:34
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth Do you have a specific technique with grading or planning you use that seems to work well? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:38:11
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer #pomodoro? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:38:21
Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer Especially if you tell people “it’s for the students.” #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:38:43
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth alas that happens to me more than I should let it #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:39:04
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile The #pomodoro technique is about 25 minutes focused time and then a short break http://t.co/0qO0MM0LnH #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:39:19
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer interval training for the brain #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:39:47
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile I installed a #pomodoro timer to help when I felt stuck writing. 25 minutes is workable time but not too much #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:40:20
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile A #pomodoro is good for enough time to think but not too much time to lose track of  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:41:01
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth How do you know when to draw the line in your work “for the students”? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:41:28
JeffreyKeefer I find that my adjunct teaching this Monday will conflict with a sudden, and to-be-missed, cultural opportunity #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:42:32
Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer I use #pomodoro as well, but don’t stick strictly to 25 min. I adjust as appropriate for the project. #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:42:43
JeffreyKeefer I suppose time management and for the students can go both ways #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:42:49
Notorious_QRG @JeffreyKeefer intriguing! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:43:15
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth I do add as needed, though find I sometimes sit down for a minute and then realize I worked all night #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:43:32
JeffreyKeefer @Notorious_QRG We live for intriguing! What else can keep us engaged in life?! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:44:11
Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer I’ve also found that if I get up and move during the #pomodoro breaks, I do much better. #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:45:17
Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer I still struggle with whee to draw that line. 🙂 #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:45:48
JeffreyKeefer RT @Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer I’ve also found that if I get up and move during the #pomodoro breaks, I do much better. #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:45:53
Notorious_QRG @JeffreyKeefer as Dorothy Parker said: ‘the cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity’. #adjunctchat #PhDchat 9/5/2013 16:46:07
JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth Yes, no magic bullet for time management, so to speak #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:46:25
Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer Usually, I end up doing the dishes, switching laundry, playing with the kids, or something similar. #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:46:55
VCVaile avoid working when you’re tired – all too often not productive #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:47:16
JeffreyKeefer RT @Notorious_QRG: @JeffreyKeefer as Dorothy Parker said: ‘the cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity’. #adjunctchat… 9/5/2013 16:48:31
Ellsbeth @VCVaile Very true! I don’t do certain tasks after I get too tired because I don’t do them well. #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:48:45
JeffreyKeefer @Notorious_QRG and Dorothy Parker drank whiskey sours! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:48:52
JeffreyKeefer RT @VCVaile avoid working when you’re tired – all too often not productive #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:48:58
JeffreyKeefer RT @Ellsbeth @JeffreyKeefer Usually, I end up doing the dishes, switching laundry, playing with the kids, or something similar. #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:49:08
JeffreyKeefer All good ideas! I tend toward less self-control, and work (usually electronic) until I fall asleep. Often my students benefit #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:49:58
VCVaile don’t sweat the unfinished to-do list (I’m going for a ‘didn’t get to it’ list) but note items to catch 1st before stopping
#adjunctchat
9/5/2013 16:50:40
JeffreyKeefer Well, we are drawing near to the end of today’s #adjunctchat. Any takeaways or ideas for next steps? 9/5/2013 16:51:11
JeffreyKeefer Especially ideas around our topic, “How do you manage adjunct time commitments?” #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:51:32
mwaiksnis Anyone out there a school admin and teach as an adjunct in higher ed? #adjunctchat #sced 9/5/2013 16:51:35
NSRiazat @JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth – leaving desk during #pomodoro break means I probably won’t return to it again. 🙂 #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:53:11
JeffreyKeefer @NSRiazat You are not alone on that one! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:54:15
NSRiazat @JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth amazing how important washing windows, cleaning brass door ornaments and painting ceilings becomes 🙂 #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 16:54:49
JeffreyKeefer @mwaiksnis Welcome, Mike. I teach, though am not an admin of any sort. Perhaps others may be? #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:55:15
VCVaile @NSRiazat @JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth same goes for closing your eyes to give them a short rest  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:55:44
JeffreyKeefer @NSRiazat @Ellsbeth Yes, especially when we want to put something off that we do not want to do. Alas, never teaching prep! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:55:51
NSRiazat @JeffreyKeefer – once I am seated at desk I tend to try and stay there for a morning, afternoon or evening study session. #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:55:53
JeffreyKeefer Well, my time commitment for today’s #adjunctchat is at an end, and I want to thank those of you who could join with us to talk about time! 9/5/2013 16:56:58
JeffreyKeefer I will send a poll to our participants of the last several #adjunctchat sessions to see if, with the new semester, Tues or Thurs is better 9/5/2013 16:57:34
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile @NSRiazat @Ellsbeth Resting my eyes = sleep, no matter how much I try to justify a brief respite! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:58:20
VCVaile #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:58:23
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer very often, what works for one semester doesn’t for another  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:58:23
JeffreyKeefer @VCVaile It is a miniature for life itself. Indeed!  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:59:09
JeffreyKeefer Thank you all for your time and energy and sharing; until we all speak again! #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:59:13
JeffreyKeefer All the best with the work and practice and research of adjunct work in #highered #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:59:36
NSRiazat RT @VCVaile: @NSRiazat @JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth same goes for closing your eyes to give them a short rest  #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:59:48
VCVaile @JeffreyKeefer & thank you for hosting #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 16:59:50
NSRiazat @VCVaile: @NSRiazat @JeffreyKeefer @Ellsbeth same goes for closing your eyes to give them a short rest #adjunctchat « fallen asleep at desk! 9/5/2013 17:00:08
VCVaile perhaps we could incorporate a few how the week went tweets – highs or lows of new semester #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 17:01:21
VCVaile now back to finish a neglected community blog post – #highered #academiclabor & #adjunct issues eat up too much of my time #adjunctchat 9/5/2013 17:02:22
Ellsbeth @NSRiazat @JeffreyKeefer My house gets very clean when I am procrastinating. 🙂 #AdjunctChat 9/5/2013 17:09:27
Ellsbeth @VCVaile That is very true! I find myself retooling as needed (and tell my students to do the same). #AdjunctChat
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