Alison Kirkpatrick

Adjunct Professor

Vincennes University at Balboa Naval Hospital

Find me online:

“I teach writing and literature to enlisted military personnel and veterans.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Adjunct Professor

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of TEACHING / MENTORING and the interests of WRITING and EDUCATION.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

Typically, I work from home. I prep for my classes with reading and creating lesson plans based on the needs of the students I have in each class. I teach a few classes a semester, so typically, I head to campus and teach and meet with students before and after class as needed two to three days a week.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Spend time at teaching conferences, or workshops. Just because you know your material, doesn't mean you know how to teach it.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Adjunct Professor

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • Doctorate - Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, Other

What I studied STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - University of San Diego
  • Graduate - University of San Diego, English Language and Literature, General

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

One of the most important first steps is keeping in touch with and getting to know the professors in your field of study. They are the ones who will help you get into graduate school, through recommendations and the ones who will help you get that first class and get your foot in the door when you are ready to teach.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY TEACHERS

“If you're smart, you'll get a doctorate and put your career first. Marriages don't last, so make getting tenure a priority and keep working when you have kids. Put stability and money first, not family, friends, or life balance.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

I know it's important to be great at what you do, but nothing is more important than being great at who you are and who you are is the sum of your whole life, not just one thing. Go for your dreams, but it's okay if your dreams include a relationship and family. Those have to take priority sometimes and it doesn't make you foolish for desiring things that make you whole, healthy and happy. I will never regret the person I became while caring for the ones I love.

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