[blind-education] Re: New member

  • From: "Mike Stewart" <stewart_1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blind-education@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 19:21:26 -0600

Agreed, but considering I had a 3.8 GPA and he was the Chair I didn't know what else to do. My advisor Dr. Stern tried to go to bat for me but she got removed from all her committees and relegated to survey courses for her trouble. :P

I was just curious if this was unique or other had similar issues. Sounds like you had something similar, and I'm glad you were able to work around it... ;)


----- Original Message ----- From: "Sharon Clark" <sharonjackson03@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blind-education@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 5:09 PM
Subject: [blind-education] Re: New member


I think, we, as individuals with visual impairments, will always deal with
others who have old views. We just need to learn how to deal with them. I
had a similar experience when I student taught, but somehow I made it

Sharon Clark, NJ TVI

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:blind-education-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Stewart
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 6:39 PM
To: blind-education@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [blind-education] Re: New member

My first question is, does anyone on the list have any experiences with
accessibility issues with teachers? I don't mean that the possible adaptive
procedure/equipment isn't available...but have they been unwilling to
provide them in the first place?

I ask because I ran into real trouble at the University of North Texas
(where I got my MA) regarding becoming a Teaching Assistant (TA) in the
History dept. You can't become a Teaching Fellow (TF) without being a TA
first. TA's assist professor in the grunt work of teaching; grading tests,
taking attendance, etc while TF actually teach survey level courses. I got
the "He's blind so he can't teach" crap from the Department Chair. Oh, not
to my face but I heard it from most of the other faculty.

   Why does it bug me? Because without any TA/TF experience getting a
teaching job is REAL tough. Sure you have the degrees but if you have no
experience on the college level they don't want to risk hiring you.

   Fortunately Tyler Junior College was willing to take a risk on me and
let me teach...and I'll always be greatful for that. But from 2005 to this
year I was unemployed because of that idiocy.

Anyone else have this experience?


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From: "Mike Stewart" <stewart_1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:57 AM
To: <blind-education@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [blind-education] New member

Hello all,

Just wanted to say 'Hi' and say I'm looking forward to participating
this list. ;)


Michael Stewart
Adjunct Professor of History
Tyler Junior College

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