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Barnard Adjuncts Just Showed Us All Why It's Time for the $25K Manifesto

Barnard Adjuncts Just Showed Us All Why It's Time for the $25K ManifestoWe all know that $10,000 per course is a giant step closer to equal pay for equal work than $5K per course. We also know that $15,000-$25,000 per course would be equal pay at most two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities. However, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. That's the lesson Barnard's UAW faculty union affiliate has [read more]

Student Letters of Rec Written By Adjuncts Open Fewer Doors

Student Letters of Rec Written By Adjuncts Open Fewer DoorsI explained to my student that, because I am an adjunct, rather than a tenure-track professor, my recommendation would carry no weight in helping him get into a graduate program. I told him that he should be looking instead for recommendations from tenured or tenure-track [read more]

Why Adjuncts Shouldn't Need Ph.D.s

Why Adjuncts Shouldn't Need Ph.D.sby Jonathan Rick When hiring a professor, nearly every college uses commonly agreed-upon criteria. Among these, perhaps the most important is whether the applicant has a graduate degree. On one hand, credentials are a critical part of a school’s brand. Given that students are paying an arm and a leg for tuition, it’s helpful when a school can boast that “every single one of our faculty holds [read more]

The Extra Credit Experiment

The Extra Credit Experimentby Laura Yeager I tried something new last semester in College Writing I--extra credit.  I've never offered extra credit points in a college class before (I thought it was kind of babyish), but this year, I decided to try it.  And after doing it once, I don't think I'll repeat the process. I wanted to shake up the day-to-day routine (lectures, discussions, small groups) by having the students [read more]

How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)

How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)by P.D. Lesko What are the most credible methods and evaluative tools to use when deciding whether to rehire an adjunct faculty member? This is a question that should be asked by hundreds of thousands of college administrators nationwide. Instead, what we get are lazy administrators content to have adjunct faculty evaluations done by the least credible method by the least reliable evaluators: student evaluations. It's high time, someone smacked college administrators upside their [read more]

Want to Break into Online Learning? Try These Tips

Want to Break into Online Learning? Try These TipsOnline teaching can seem like a great gig. The convenience and flexibility afforded by online delivery is a draw for students and instructors alike. But, finding online teaching jobs seems to be getting more challenging. It’s an unusual situation to see that even though the number of positions increases, there is more competition as the number of applicants also seems to be on the rise. A [read more]

10 Things Teaching Online Has Taught Me

10 Things Teaching Online Has Taught MeMichelle Everson I celebrated an anniversary recently. It's been five years since I taught my first online course. When I first started to think about teaching online, I realized I had a lot to learn. I had never been an online student, nor did I know much about distance education. I just knew I wanted to be a part of something I felt would benefit those students [read more]

Adjuncts & Scholarship: An Interview

Adjuncts & Scholarship: An Interviewby Olivia Baxter Sherry Engstrom, an Adjunct Humanities Instructor at the College of Lake County, was a 2016 Striving for Excellence Adjunct Scholarship Winner. She was presented the opportunity to attend and speak at a panel discussion at the 2016 NISOD Conference in Austin, TX. Sherry talks about the importance of scholarship to adjunct faculty, her participation at the NISOD conference on teaching and professional development. [read more]

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Thousands of International Scholars Call for U.S. Academic Conference Boycott to Protest Muslim Travel Ban »

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by Ellie Bothwell More than 4,000 scholars have signed a petition calling for an academic boycott of international conferences held in the U.S., to provide solidarity with those affected by Donald Trump’s ban…

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Philly Adjunct Lauches Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy U.S. Senator’s Vote to Block DeVos Appointment »

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“I watched all three hours of the Betsy DeVos hearings, and I was appalled that I could answer some of the basic education policy questions that seemingly stumped her,” Fritz said. “I mean,…

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Barnard Adjunct Faculty Union Calls Strike to Get $9K Per Course Minimum »

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by P.D. Lesko The Barnard Contingent Faculty union, affiliated with the United Auto Workers, is ready to strike in order to force college officials to raise per course pay for adjunct faculty to…

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As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top »

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by John A. Neilsson Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Zaun has filed the bill before,…

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AFT President Says Betsy DeVos a “Lobbyist” not an Educator »

Weingarten laid out a challenge to DeVos, if she is confirmed. “I extend both a challenge and an invitation to Ms. Devos: Spend some time in public schools.”

P.D. Lesko In a speech yesterday at the National Press Club, AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America’s students. Either build on the bipartisan…

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As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control »

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by Jon Marcus By now you’ve likely seen the viral “University Title Generator” meme that parodies the culture of academic bureaucracy by listing made-up administrative titles such as “deputy vice president of the…

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25 Years Without a Raise at Youngstown State U? Here’s Why »

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Adjuncts at YSU teach 51 percent of the college's credit hours, yet in 2016 300 full-time faculty collected 75…

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New Study Reveals AFT, NEA and AAUP Organizing Primarily FT Faculty Not PTers »

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Compare this to the AFT's organizing record prior its 2006 launch of a state-by-state legislative push to increase the…

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Analysis: 69,000 AFT Members Disappear »

The bottom line: AFT’s 1.6 million members equate to a dues-paying equivalent of 854,000 full-time employed teachers. And we still have a mystery on our hands. The loss of more than 69,000 members that AFT reported for 2016 is larger than its membership in California and Rhode Island combined. Where did these losses come from?

The bottom line: AFT’s 1.6 million members equate to a dues-paying equivalent of 854,000 full-time employed teachers. And we…

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College Enrollment is Down for Fifth Straight Year—Will The Decline Impact Non-Tenured Faculty? »

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by P.D. Lesko According to the Hechinger Report, “college and university enrollment fell during the semester just coming to…

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Documentary Film About Higher Ed “Starving the Beast” Has Many Villains (and Few Heroes) »

Are we willing to pay higher taxes for better higher education? How do we make educational choices for ourselves and for our families? Should university leaders rely on contingent professors while investing in football stadiums and gyms?

If, like me, you are anxious about the condition of public universities, “Starving the Beast” will only heighten your…

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New Study: College Students Taught by Good-looking Lecturers Learn More »

Students found the attractive instructors more motivating, easier to follow and possessed of greater health, intelligence and competence.

A new study finds that college students learn more from good-looking lecturers.…

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New Study: Jobs With Tenure Few and Far Between for Adjunct Women »

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by Kent McDonald Tenure is a goal many professors strive for — but it remains further out of reach…

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Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s »

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by P.D. Lesko The latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” relies on data from the University of Chicago’s…

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    More Mistakes From My First Semester Teaching Online

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    Confessions of a MOOC Prof: What I Learned and What I Worry About

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Listed Prof. Says: “Professor Watchlist Gets an F for Accuracy” »

If the Professor Watchlist were a research paper, I'd give it an F. Much of the information about me on the Watchlist is simply untrue. …

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Learning Your Students’ Names Really Does Matter »

by Carole R. Beal The new academic year is here, and thousands of students have entered college for the first time. I’ve been teaching college students for a long time, but this year, two developments have led me to think hard about my role as a professor: what it is, or rather, what it should…

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I’m Finished Playing Favorites in the Classroom »

by Laura Yeager In a previous essay entitled “The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas,” I wrote about my time in graduate school at Iowa State, where I studied writing on a full fellowship. At this university, I knew what it was like to be thought of as one of the best (most…

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Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom »

by Jeffrey Young Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom. Sherry Turkle has gone from gracing the cover of Wired magazine for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication. In her most recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power…

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Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom »

by Jeffrey Young Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom. Sherry Turkle has gone from gracing the cover of Wired magazine for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication. In her most recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power…

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The New Adjunct

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An Adjunct Professor Confesses… »

by John Brown [Imaginary dialogue based on Catholic confessions I willingly endured during my Catholic adolescence in the 1960s; doubtless the format/questions/vocabulary have much changed since that epoch.] Georgetown adjunct…

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