Sample Paper, Rough Draft: Postsecondary English Faculty
I admit it, this is a fake paper and a cop-out. I could have put myself in my students’ shoes and researched a career that I know little about. However, I was pressed for time so I researched my own career, as in “What if I were just starting out now?” Where I talk about what I know about my career from personal experience, some students may instead use information from their interviews. Working on this paper has made me happy, because I love what I do and made an excellent choice for myself, but I’ve noticed that requirements for a BA in English at ASU are stricter than the requirements I had to meet for my own BA. I’m glad I finished so long ago.
On a daily basis in my job as an English composition instructor at CGCC, I prepare for current and upcoming classes, teach classes, grade homework and papers, use e-mail to communicate with students and other faculty, hold an office hour, and attend a workshop or a meeting. I am usually on campus for approximately ten hours per day Monday through Thursday (including my lunch hour) and for six to eight hours on Friday. I try to not work on the weekends, and if I must grade papers or even write one, as I am doing now, I try to limit myself to working four hours per day or eight hours total. I take most of the summer off, however, except for attending a workshop or two and perhaps working on a limited summer project. I also try to work as little as possible over winter and spring breaks, but I usually start preparing my courses at least one week before I officially go back to work for course preparation and meetings during the week prior to the start of classes.
I do much more than teach. For one thing, postsecondary faculty must stay current with developments in the field that they teach. The United States’ government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that “Faculty keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current...