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ERIC Number: EJ792181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-18
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Putting My Best Face Forward
Desmond, Norma
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n32 pC2 Apr 2008
The author had been trying, and failing, for years to land a tenure-track position in English. She had a few interviews over the years, but she knew she had been typecast as an adjunct. Administrators seemed to believe that men and women under 40 were better teachers: more creative, more energetic, more attractive. And attractiveness counts among students. Attractive instructors are popular instructors. Popular instructors fill classes. More students mean more revenue. In this article, the author, tired of being typecast as an aging adjunct, describes how she turned to Botox in order to get a new job. [Norma Desmond is the pseudonym of an assistant professor of English at a college in the West.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A