PFF Goals

I have to admit that I’m taking this class, at least in part, because I was asked to take it! However, I’m becoming keenly aware on a daily basis that the life of a scholar and faculty member is more than just teaching and research. The focus on service, the expectations for committee membership and activity, the advising responsibilities, and publication and presentation responsibilities — all of these are relatively new to me, despite spending by entire professional career in academic settings (public high school and university). As an adjunct professor, have the benefit of being able to teach without being required to publish — but the flip side is that I receive little support and few funds to pursue real and significant professional development.

As a result, I am seeking to improve my professional development plan, develop a clearer philosophy of teaching, and focus on specific skills and abilities that will help me contribute to whatever department I join — even if that department remains the marketing team here at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies!

2 thoughts on “PFF Goals

  1. Daniel I’m a MFA candidate at ODU in a similar position as you. I’m teaching 3 sections of composition and loving it until grading time. I have my MA from Northern Arizona University and have been teaching since 2010. Your goals could easily be mine, I need a sense of direction and clear set goals. Once I get those I hope some of this career anxiety will lift. Good Luck to you.

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