His transparency, his humanness, at the front of the classroom, shed light on just how much five courses strains a Creative Writing lecturer long before our interview. Dennis Doherty not only provided my first glimpse of the college-level English class, influencing my decision to attend SUNY New Paltz, but opened my eyes to the immense workload burden that weighs down contingents, motivating my interests as Chapter Intern.
I never knew that detail was a very small piece of his young-adult experience. Attending college was his answer. SUNY New Paltz was mere coincidence, as one of his friends, a graduate of the school, convinced him to attend.
Surrounded by literature and writing since youth, because his parents were writers, Dennis Doherty initially wished to stay clear from the literary path, but background inevitably won over young adult rebellion and he dove into an English degree. Afterwards, he continued teaching as an adjunct. In an effort to support his wife and baby girl, he acquired adjunct positions at three different universities, culminating in five courses per semester.
Such loyalty helped the Creative Writing instructor when, in , the GED program lost their grant and Doherty lost his full-time employment. The next year, he had to reapply for the same position, with a formal letter explaining his personal qualities, as if the faculty did not already know him for nearly a decade, and a group interview.
While workload has increased for faculty and staff across campus, Doherty recounts exponential increases. One seemingly consistent rule across campus is a five-course workload per semester, but waivers for either advising or committee involvement hope to balance out the intense demands. He served as Director of the Creative Writing program and the Poetry Board for seven years, and advised Creative Writing students, in exchange for two course waivers: a workload comparable to his tenure-track colleagues.
Unfortunately, the workload only increased from there. One course waiver was removed because he supposedly was not working hard enough. After the economic collapse in , waivers disappeared for all English lecturers, and Creative Writing advisees were reassigned to English Literature professors. However, no one relieved Dennis Doherty from his Director positions. Although he offered to step down from the roles immediately after losing his waivers, no one would take his place. She lives in Cardiff with her husband. It was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.
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