Sunday, June 5, 2016

Even Blogs Take Summer Breaks

Since adjuncts don't get paid over the summer (unless we're teaching, which I'm not at the moment), we take this time for posh overseas trips.  HAHAHA.  If only.  No, we tend to work on other jobs, if we're lucky to have them, or take the time to clean the house while getting ulcers over not having an income.

I work totally freelance when I'm not teaching, and I'm assuming students are likely enjoying their summers, taking on jobs/internships, etc.  In other words, they are probably not reading blogs about school.  So I will be putting this blog on hold until we get closer to the fall semester.  At that point we'll pick things back up, let's say in August.  Of course, if I have an amazing bit of knowledge to pass on, I'll post it anyway.

I should mention that later this summer I'll begin teaching for Ashford University online, so I may decide to use the summer for tips about online learning (which I discuss throughout the year as well).

So have a great summer and BE SAFE!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Email Etiquette

Email may be a quick and easy way to communicate, but it can also say a lot about you.  When you email a professor – or write any business email (school staff, boss, potential employer, etc.) – don’t write it as if you were shooting off a quick note to a friend. 

Address the recipient by the proper title.  Use “Ms.” or “Mr.” if you know the recipient’s gender.  If you’re unsure, use the full name, as in “Dear Chris Nelson.”  Not all professors are “Dr.s.”  This is only for degrees that have a “D” in them.  Your syllabus or the school directory should have the proper title of your professor.  If you are unsure, “Professor” works fine as it covers all the bases. 

Make sure you spell the recipient’s name correctly.  I have gotten a number of emails to “Professor Klockwood” because that’s how my email looks.  Or my name is misspelled.  Again, check your syllabus – or the email “to” field which may populate the recipient’s full name.

Don’t use all caps.  IT’S LIKE YELLING.  People still do this, which I don’t understand.

Never use text-language or shortcuts. A business-related email isn’t a note to your BFF.

Write the email with the same care you would an essay or other written assignment.  Check for spelling and grammar.  Your email program probably has a spell-checker.  Use it.

Making mistakes in an email shows that you either don’t care to be more professional, or you don’t know how.  Either of these is not a good thing to show to a professor, prospective employer, etc.  And once you are in a professional setting, sending proper emails will be expected, so you might as well get in the habit of it while you’re in college.