Hi all! Not really sure I fit here since based on my reading of the thread there are few adjuncts here but I need some advice/comments so hopefully you ladies can help me out.
I have a masters in Organizational Management, and spent the last year teaching business courses at a vocational school or career college as some call it. A friend gave me a lead for a local community college, I met with the dept chair a month ago and was offered 2 courses for the fall term. All was looking good. (was offered a class on entrepreneurship and a macroeconomics course, both I felt pretty good about teaching)
Well last week I call the dept chair after realizing I still had not received the materials for one of the classes and the term starts Sept 17, well he informs me both classes have been canceled
: but he has a class open still that he would like to offer me, its Software Applications which really is not my thing. The class involves teaching Word, PowerPoint, Access and Excel.
Now at the vocational school I taught a modified version of this class only focusing on Word & PP and have little experience with Access and marginal experience with Excel.
So late last week I go in to pick up my materials and he assured me with my background this class will be no problem. Well I am at home reviewing the stuff and frankly I feel very uncomfortable for starters I can't open the fricking teacher's CD-Rom to view the powerpoint in preparation for class tomorrow and after going through both the book and syllabus am really feeling like WTF have I done.
At the last minute I was told of a mandatory new faculty member orientation being held Sat which I could not attend (um, there is a reason I am teaching days.. no night and weekend avail) so I feel like I am about to walk into this cold and I feel so unqualified.
Guess my question is, is this type of thing normal for adjuncts where you are thrown into teaching a course even if its not your area of expertise? Honestly I need the money and since it was a good friend who got me the lead I really don't want to bail at the last moment but as someone who prides themselves on doing a good job I am feeling really shaky.
Thanks for listening.