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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]

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]

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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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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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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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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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    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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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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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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