Not to be confused with a meteorologist. Times have changed and the days when sappy, fun-loving weathermen and comely, buxom weather babes could plight their troughs in the the wide world of TV weather. These days it’s an Olympic sport and if you don’t have the science chops, odds are you’re not gonna make it in a major market – not even one as small as Kansas City.
So it is that longtime Channel 9 cloud kicker Joel Nichols has been missing in action on the local TV weather front for coming up on three months. Somewhat obviously he’s not been snapped up by the competition at Channels 4,5 or 41. Still inquiring minds want to know the what, where, when and whyfors of the affable Nichols future career aspirations.
Which brings us to an email from a KCC reader who thinks Nichols may have gotten on full time at Johnson Country Community College.Not so fast.
Calls to the college confirm that Nichols is indeed still on their roster, but as some of you may know, he was an only adjunct professor there teaching media and communications.
The term “adjunct professor” being something of a slippery slope in many instances for people in a given field who manage to convince a college to let them teach a course in their given field.
Take former PR dude and area gossip media hound John Landsberg.
According to the website WiseGeek it’s “a part-time professor who is hired on a contractual basis rather than being given tenure and a permanent position. Many universities hire large numbers of adjunct faculty members because they are flexible and cheaper to maintain than traditional full-time faculty members.”
Attempts to reach Nichols at JUCO were unsuccessful. And no word yet from the school as to whether he has or may be in the process of joining them in a full time position. And no news is no news among the local TV news insiders I contacted.
Meanwhile, back at the Channel 9 Weatherman Joel Nichols Facebook page – which by the way is still alive and kicking despite his departure from the station months ago – the odd Nichols groupie continues to check in despite no posted responses from the man himself.
“I really miss you! You have the greatest sense of humor,” fan Jan Jackson posted earlier today.
However the odds of Nichols making it as an adjunct professor appear slim.
As evidenced by a Huff Post story entitled, 9 Reasons Why Being An Adjunct Faculty Member Is Terrible.
“It’s hard out there for an adjunct,” it begins. “Adjuncts typically earn between $20,000 and $25,000 annually NPR reports. Compare that to the average salary of $84,303 for full-time instructors and professors, according to the American Association of University Professors.”
Add to that, no job security, lousy hours and scheduling, little to no say in “faculty governance” and few if any health insurance options.
Hey but if you already have a paycheck, at least it sounds prestigious.