Last week I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working
several team members at a workshop at Norfolk State
University. One was Professor Jeanne Small who spoke
about careers at Principally Undergraduate Institutions.
What differentiated her presentation was she described
the advantages and disadvantages from the perspective
of a parent of children with a working spouse. Pretty
nice to get this perspective.
She offered that teachers’ unions offer significant elements
that one might not have elsewhere, namely:
- base level salary (clearly spelled out)
- protective contracts
- (5 year) term lecturer roles
- negotiated paths to tenure.
She learned she could be unique in providing interesting
courses in chemistry for non-science majors, polymer
chemistry, chemistry of starvation and combustion and
develop novel teaching tools.
Jeanne spoke enthusiastically about what she has done
to keep that creative spark alive with contract appointments
where her skills and experience were used in challenging
roles at NSF and the state of Washington.