This article speaks volumes to me. As an Adjunct Professor, I often wonder about whether or not I want to shoot for Tenure. I’m not Good at status quo’in.
When I was in 25, I said to myself I want to be a Professor who teaches full time. I envisioned myself as this prominent Black woman Professor who will teach great things and be respected for the work I contribute. As time went on, I came to the conclusion that that path isn’t the path I want to take. It’s laced with too much institutional hindrances for my integrity & time. That may sound like “pedestal” talk, but it’s not. I choose what path I want to walk down. That’s the power I have.
The list in this article on the issues that a young black woman Professor faces, I can definitely attest to. I definitely heard this semester (my first semester taught), that I do not look like a Professor, nor do I act like one. For me, that was a compliment. I was being myself and that was noticed by my students in a Good way. It actually made class just a bit more breathable for us all.
There are so many boxes that I just don’t fit into. Why suffocate myself trying to operate like the status quo? I have my own style of teaching that I will never compromise. I may not have been a Professor for long, but I’ve been a Teacher in my own right for over 10 years. I may be 28, but my work speaks for itself. And frankly, I’m tired of feeling like I have to explain myself to those who may look down upon me or have those opinions that they so freely impose and project onto others.
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