William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, was one of those who did enter "an unexplored wilderness," and helped pave the way at Carleton
for people like Morse and North.
Wilkie came to Carleton in 1974 to teach classics on a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
was continually rehired on one-year appointments after the grant ran out.
"I was on one-year appointments for a very long time," she
"I was doing a great deal of research, taking students to Greece in the summers for archeological projects.
I finally talked to the dean about how this put me in a difficult position when applying for grants and being forced to put 'adjunct' next to my name.
I eventually got a letter saying that "adjunct" had been dropped from my title.
Still, in the early 1980s, Carleton
had no official policy regarding part-time tenure-track appointments.
In the mid-1980s, Wilkie
says the college decided to open tenure to part-time faculty members who were teaching at least a half-time load.
"They were absolutely one of the first colleges in the country to do this," she
"I, of course, asked to come up for tenure review right away.
I got tenure after eleven years at Carleton
Since then, Wilkie
has taught at two-thirds time and continued to take students on archeological research trips, while also taking several sabbaticals.
Currently on sabbatical, she
is working on research about a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka, and will travel there this academic year.
"This position has given me time to focus on my research and to actively involve my students in it.
It's made me a better teacher," she
, Ulmer, North, and Morse all agree that holding a regular part-time faculty position works well economically in a small Midwestern town like Northfield, but might not be directly duplicable in other, more expensive areas of the country.
"This wouldn't work out if you didn't have a working spouse," Wilkie