An Office of One’s Own: Adjuncting

by Salvatore Pane

“At Trader Joe’s, Zelesnick stocked shelves and ran the register whenever he’d hear the bell ring, while still trying to teach as many courses as he could pick up at Duquesne. He also received benefits and higher wages than he was making teaching freshmen English composition and helping first-year students adjust from high school to college at Duquesne University. But Zelesnick describes himself as someone who ‘needs to teach’ so, unable to imagine himself not teaching, he left Trader Joe’s after a year to continue teaching at Duquesne and the University of Pittsburgh and writing poetry.”

Josh Zelesnick is my old roommate. Read about his efforts to unionize adjuncts in Pittsburgh.