My Last Day as a Professor

by VanessaVaile

Office Hours: gender and feminism in everyday life

Prof. Lilith Mahmud and me with the dynamic and brilliant Gender and Sexuality Studies class of 2014! They gifted me my very own stole since I will be leaving campus along with them.

Today is my last day of teaching as a professor. As an adjunct professor to be more specific. In my classes, we talk a lot about invisibility and its effects. Within the university system today, adjunct faculty are made invisible, thereby further reinforcing their marginalization even as their labor becomes increasingly critical to the daily activity of teaching students. Some of us are invisible in hospitals, choosing to suffer in pain because we cannot afford to see the doctor; some of us are the invisible homeless, living in our cars because we cannot afford any other shelter; some of us are invisible on campus because we don’t have an office in which to meet students; some of…

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