• Sending Canaries to the Job Market: Ethical Issues in Training Community College Faculty

    Author(s):
    Carolyn McCue Goffman (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    2018 MLA Convention, HEP Community Colleges, HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues, HEP Teaching as a Profession
    Subject(s):
    Community college education
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    MLA 2018
    Conf. Org.:
    MLA
    Conf. Loc.:
    New York, New York
    Conf. Date:
    2018 January 4-7
    Tag(s):
    Two Year Colleges, Teacher Training
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6X27V
    Abstract:
    This presentation explores ethical dilemmas for graduate school educators in programs that prepare M.A. students to teach English in community colleges. Such graduate programs attract students and produce strong, enthusiastic teachers, and university administrators value the programs because they draw tuition; however, the job prospects for graduates of the programs are less than rosy. This paper uses personal narratives, statistics, and anecdotal observations over a twelve-year period to assess the value of one such long-running program. What are our ethical obligations when training M.A. instructors to enter an exploitive job market? What is the relationship between a university department and area two-year colleges? How do graduates of our programs view their training and subsequent careers? The paper includes narratives of graduates of one such program, of whom a few have acquired full-time positions; some are working at multiple adjunct positions, hoping to gain a foothold in the profession; and others have simply abandoned a career in teaching.
    Notes:
    Carolyn Goffman is Director of the Certificate in Teaching English at the Two-Year College at DePaul University, Chicago, IL.
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    Last Updated:
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