- Large variation of basic skill levels within classroom.
- Keeping up with the advancements in science and what our students are expected to know.
- Students seem split: Some are very prepared, some lack basic skills. This results in tensions in a bi-level group.
- Handling change at the rate that it’s coming now—surviving, adapting, evolving, doing it all again—while maintaining vital relationships with colleagues.
- As an adjunct, the biggest problem is lack of job stability/security, and lack of access to tech smart rooms. We are simply not first in line for resources that should be available.
- Discipline in the classroom, something I did not expect on the college level.
- Lack of time to implement new technology and learn it.
- Teacher burn-out; student cheating or plagiarism; rapport between instructors and students; administrators obsessed with enrollment; faculty evaluations.
- Providing timely, meaningful feedback.
- Lack of student motivation in required courses.
- Course redesign without devotion of enough time to see what is working; the drive to change without sufficient data to warrant the change
- Constantly upping the requirements for tenure
- I have a contract teaching position, and I have no clear path to promotion, much less job security. We contract hires do not have an advocate / mentor manager in the administration.
- Lack of college readiness is definitely the biggest issue — specifically in terms of critical thinking ability.
- Keeping up with grading in general. Also, wanting to correct writing—paragraph and sentence structure, grammar, word choice— while dealing with content issues.
- Grading load. I teach almost all Core classes (freshmen), and the grading load is intensified by students’ lack of basic skills in reading comprehension, writing, and research.
- Institution’s focus on publication and research, which takes time away from class preparation.
- Students who feel entitled and expect grades of A for poor work.
- Lack of professional development opportunities at institution.
- Faculty stubbornness / resistance to change.
- Too many demands on my time; no way to deal with them all.
- Lack of communication and sharing within our department.