Howard University

The Art of Organizing

Ismael Carrillo has been teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art for two years. A native of Spain, with a degree in illustration, he says he has been hoping to land a full-time job at the top art school.

"I was thinking, Well, maybe I will be full-time soon, because I get that all the time," Carrillo says, pushing away a fruit fly-contaminated Guinness at Liam Flynn's Ale House. "Then I went to the doctor, and they found a tumor."

He points to a scar visible on his graying left temple.

As an adjunct instructor, Carrillo makes a few thousand dollars for each course he teaches. He has no office and he gets no...