modern disappointment.

A place to file your complaints. Submissions welcome.

It’s Not the Stamp of Approval. It’s More Useful.


Specs = W: 7.6″ H: 7.6″ Res: 72

Intrepid Adjunct Professors and Contingent Lecturers!

How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish there were a way to quickly explain that I’ve just spent my entire semester engaging in free labor by grading piles of work for which I earn no money?” Plenty, right? Right!

Help yourself to this original graphic, designed and supplied to Modern Disappointment by a bonafide adjunct instructor, and get busy stamping or digital “stickering” your next mound of student submissions.

The Adjunct Grading Stamp graphic comes in red or black. But why choose one when you can have both!

Share and get “likes” for your badassedness!

Promote your feelings of dejection to your students and peers.

Tell everyone, “hey, pay me, mofos.”

Let everyone know, “this paper has been graded by unpaid labor.”

Modern Disappointment encourages you to take and use these graphics. Yup. Steal them right from our page. Originally, we envisioned getting rubber stamps made, but we’ll leave it up to you. You can use the graphics below to order through the retailer of your choice. (Need a suggestion? Vista Print or custom graphic stamps. Use the black and white when ordering a custom stamp so that they have the highest contrast graphic to work with, and order any color ink you like.) Feel free to comment below if you need assistance.

And remember, we love you. 


Specs = W: 7.6″ H: 7.6″ Res: 72

High Resolution Image Below:


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For more Modern Disappointment on adjunct educator issues, see:
Adjunct. The modern indentured servant.

Invisible in Life as Well as Death.

The Charlatan in the Room: The secrets of your part-time professor.

8 comments on “It’s Not the Stamp of Approval. It’s More Useful.

  1. mirandamerklein
    December 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on PrecariLeaks.

  2. jrhoskins
    December 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on The Adjunct Crisis and commented:
    Just in time to coincide with end of the year grading and my unemployment application.

    • Modern Disappointment
      December 18, 2014

      Very glad that you found the stamp helpful. And good for you for filling out that unemployment application! I know that it’s drastically different from state to state (and even institution to institution). I can remember being turned down for unemployment benefits because I was seen as a “contractor.” It’s tough out there.

  3. Ben Quick
    December 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on BEN QUICK: Author, Son of Viet Nam Veteran, Father of Part-Time Indian and commented:
    Just an idea for my adjunct friends. I need your support no or oppose this measure.

  4. nationalmobilization
    December 19, 2014
  5. Patrick Scully
    December 19, 2014

    I was lucky to make the transition from teaching ESL at the University of Minnesota, to teaching ESL at a local community college. The community college job is a union job, and per credit I earn 67% more, and I now get part time benefits for part time work. It is pathetic that the University of Minnesota chooses to not be able to compete for my teaching skills.

    • Modern Disappointment
      December 20, 2014

      Thank you for sharing that story with us, Patrick. That is a *serious* pay increase from the university to the community college. It really highlights the inequity. And ESL has grown so much in the past decade or so. I’m glad that you found a place that shows you respect. I wonder, is it also the result of union representation on campus?

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