Posts

Confessions of a Part-Time Professor

by Robert Hammondrobert and sunset

Puerto Vallarta sunset sinks into the azure sea as a white stallion stands silently on the silver sand. I sit on the beach and enter the online Blackboard platform of my Master of Fine Arts screenwriting course. Although I’m currently in Mexico, I am currently working as a part-time adjunct professor in an accredited U.S.-based university. Fortunately, the high-speed internet service at The Sheraton Buganvilias is connected and I hit the “submit” button.

My wife and I are spending the week in the laid-back resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico celebrating our wedding anniversary at the International Living Event conference. We spend much of our time lying on the beach enjoying the low roar of the ocean waves in the distance as we dine in sumptuous splendor or simply watch the sun kiss the sea. We enjoy meeting and mingling with experts and expats who discuss living abroad in such retirement havens as Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and as far away as Spain, France and Malaysia.

I’m sure there are some people who don’t believe that teaching college can or should be an enjoyable experience. However, many adjuncts or part-time professors are people just like me who are already successful in other full-time careers or are semi-retired. I know from personal experience that it really is possible to love what you do for a living. I have been fortunate to achieve a certain level of success as an author, screenwriter, producer, and creative consultant. In my spare time, I enjoy teaching my online screenwriting course to graduate students while sitting on the beach and watching the sunset. I confess: I love what I do.

Share