My Year Off the Adjunct Treadmill

My Year Off the Adjunct Treadmill 1

Keith Negley for The Chronicle Review

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Keith Negley for The Chronicle Review

One day last semester, between classes, I descended the stairs of the building that houses the English department at Kansas State University. My office was at the end of a long basement hallway, in a corner next to a fire-exit door. It had no windows and sometimes doubled as a temporary storage unit for desks, chairs, and filing cabinets.

I was the new guy, hired as a full-time instructor in the fall of 2012. I was happy with the office. I'd managed to