Thanks for the additional replies.
I've come off as an irresponsible person. To clarify:
- I use "diploma mill" in the forums only.
- In interviews, I use "not a good fit," etc, etc.
- I would only leave during a semester break. (They don't have summer breaks)
- I keep my mouth shut and don't make waves at work.
- I actually got a good performance review.
- My boss seems to like me, but I think he’s smelling my unhappiness.
- I am using spare time to find work and have some good leads.
you dont want them to tell the future employer that you wont stay
@clean: This is my dilemma/trap. No matter how unacceptable the conditions, unless you're asked to do something illegal, you effectively have to honor a contract. It’s hard to know where to draw the line.
I've got about 6 months, 2 semesters left on my contract. I can probably suffer through it. But it seems finishing my contract will leave me just as bad off as breaking it.
I don't feel like I can talk to the administrators in a reasonable manner. My school puts me through a ridiculous workload, 6-8 classes is double the normal workload from what I see. They're also having me teach subjects I have never claimed expertise in. When I asked for help with teaching materials they told me to search the web for free sites or go to the public library. "You're smart, you're the senior guy here, etc. etc."
I can refuse to teach the 'extra' classes, or do them poorly and get a bad performance review/eval, etc. I don't like the idea of spinning my wheels for another six months doing borderline unethical and mediocre sub-standard work. Doesn't seem much better than leaving at the next semester break for a freelance project. My old clients (who keep hinting about work) that have far better name recognition than this lousy school.
Seems like a lot of sacrifice just to fulfill some vague sense of honor.