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Defensive and Vulnerable

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I have experienced job insecurity by students going to the department and complaining about my grading practices. I consider myself to be a thoughtful, honest, and fair grader of student work with many years of experience as a teacher. Being questioned about this by my supervisor without allowing me to give examples of how I arrive at grades or addressing the students in person has put me in a defensive and vulnerable position. I believe the administrator would rather terminate my position than continue hearing complaints from “grade-obsessed” students. Students who are permitted to make complaints in this fashion are emboldened to continue to do so with impunity. It has not directly affected my classroom performance nor has caused scheduling changes. I am applying to other schools for part time employment.

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