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Of Course Tenured Faculty Are Responsible for the "Adjunct Crisis"

Of Course Tenured Faculty Are Responsible for the by P.D. Lesko On Feb. 22, 2017, Blaine Greteman, an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa, penned an essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education titled, "Don't Blame Tenured Academics for the Adjunct Crisis." In his piece, Dr. Greteman writes, "Faculty hiring has been outpaced by that of administrators and staff charged with managing a growing army of adjuncts and monetizing the university’s recreational and [read more]

Coaxing the Lion out of its Lair Or, the Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Writing to STEM Students

Coaxing the Lion out of its Lair Or, the Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Writing to STEM Studentsby Kris Morrissey Teaching an English Literature class five years ago, the lights went out for no apparent reason. We sat looking at each other, considering the inherent symbolism of light – be it ambient or fluorescent. Then, when nothing happened, our discussion carried on at a deeper, more intense level to match the near pitch-dark room. At the end of class, I leaned near the [read more]

In Chicago, Mass Student/Staff Protests in Support of Adjunct Faculty

In Chicago, Mass Student/Staff Protests in Support of Adjunct FacultyThe AdjunctNation Editorial Team According to reporting on Chicagoist.com, groups demanding better treatment, pay and benefits for adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education held several demonstrations across the city Wednesday, including at Loyola University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago. “We are everywhere. I want students to look up in their faculty listings and notice titles. Look at the number of classes [read more]

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]

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State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract »

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by Tom Nobile More than 10,000 employees at nine state colleges and universities have been working without a contract since July 2015. Staff and students at Ramapo College and Montclair State University held New…

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NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union »

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By Bill Schackner The United Steelworkers on Tuesday implored Duquesne University to stop resisting its now-organized adjunct faculty, buoyed by the latest National Labor Relations Board ruling that campus officials must recognize those…

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Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract »

Ithaca College adjunct faculty made significant gains with its first contract, but some are still not satisfied.

by Grace Elletson The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a…

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Hunger and Homelessness Among Comm Coll Students More Pervasive Than Previously Thought »

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by P.D. Lesko A new report, titled “Hungry and Homeless in College” reveals substantially higher rates of food insecurity among community college students than previously reported, while rates of housing insecurity and homelessness…

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Non-Tenured Faculty Layoffs at University of Oregon »

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by Diane Deitz To save money, the University of Oregon is preparing to trim about 75 jobs from its nontenured faculty, according to United Academics, the labor union representing the faculty. Plans call…

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Will Colorado Comm. College System Adjuncts Get the 28 Percent Pay Hike They’re Demanding? »

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Caprice Lawless peruses the aisles at the Sister Carmen Community Center and food bank near her home in Louisville. As she draws closer to the produce section, she sees a heap of squash…

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ABA Considers Rule Change That Would Open Door to More Adjunct-Taught Classes in Law Schools »

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by Karen Sloan | Law.com The American Bar Association is considering deep-sixing a rule requiring full-time faculty to teach…

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10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers »

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by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to…

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College Students Retain Info Better When Writing With Pen and Paper Than When Using Computers »

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by Ellie Bothwell Survey of students across 10 countries suggests handwriting and printed books have advantages over digital materials…

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Will Colorado Comm. College System Adjuncts Get the 28 Percent Pay Hike They’re Demanding? »

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Caprice Lawless peruses the aisles at the Sister Carmen Community Center and food bank near her home in Louisville.…

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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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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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Coaxing the Lion out of its Lair Or, the Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Writing to STEM Students »

by Kris Morrissey Teaching an English Literature class five years ago, the lights went out for no apparent reason. We sat looking at each other, considering the inherent symbolism of light – be it ambient or fluorescent. Then, when nothing happened, our discussion carried on at a deeper, more intense level to match the near…

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10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers »

by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to reject an academic paper which called a lesbian-themed film “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman.” In 2012, Monica Pompeo, a part-time student, took a class titled…

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Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class »

When a laptop is being used to take notes or download class slides, it may become tempting to check email, catch up on homework for another class or see who won the game the night before.…

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In classes with no computer-based assignments, how about asking students to leave their laptops behind when they come to class? (Photo: Flickr)

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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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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