It is now almost two decades from the time when I started teaching multicultural studies at college level. People often ask me why I have chosen to continue teaching multicultural studies for so long. The last time someone posed this question to me, I took some time to reflect on it. And it occurred to me that there is one main reason as to why I have chosen to teach multicultural studies at college level for so long. It is because the job brings certain joys. Those are, in other words, the joys of teaching multicultural studies at college level.
For one, teaching multicultural studies at college levels means that I get to interact with very interesting students. Things like multicultural studies tend to attract a certain caliber of students. These tend to be students who are very interested in the subject, students who are very knowledgeable to start with, and students with amazing levels of curiosity. Actually, the only time I (previously) got a chance to deal with a more interesting group of people is when I was working on a plasma donation project.
Secondly, teaching multicultural studies at college level means that I get to teach my students something that has real-life relevance. You see, multicultural studies is not an abstract subject. It is a subject that has real-life relevance. And there is real joy in teaching students something that has real-life applications, as opposed to something that is totally abstract.
Thirdly, being an instructor in the field of multicultural studies mean that I encounter less competition. For some reason, there seems to be very few experts in this field – meaning that the few of us who have the qualifications to teach multicultural studies at college level don’t have to deal with too much competition. This is unlike other fields, where people often have to deal with stiff competition for faculty positions. Actually, thanks to the fact that there are few instructors in this field, I often find myself being called upon to moonlight as a part-time instructor in other colleges. And that is on top of my tenured position at the main college where I teach.