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Unemployed Summer – Death of an Adjunct #1

Unemployed Summer – Death of an Adjunct #1by Monica Paige DePaul I have recently finished the last of my grading for the spring 2016 semester. The essays weren’t bad, all things considered, but I’m still drowning in anxiety for a different reason. Every summer term, I need to endure about eight weeks or so of having no income at all—hardly anyone signs up for freshman-level English courses during the first half of summer, [read more]

Do This, and Your Students Will Never Miss Class Again

Do This, and Your Students Will Never Miss Class Againby Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins Senior Digital Educator, Cengage Learning Growing up, you heard the lectures from your parents. And then you went to school and heard even more lectures. And once you arrived in college, you were just about lectured-out. However, now you teach, and you do what you know best. You lecture! Okay, perhaps you don’t—but I know when I first stepped into the college classroom in 2002, [read more]

Jokes and Kim Kardashian: Keeping Students Motivated

Jokes and Kim Kardashian: Keeping Students Motivatedby Jenny Ortiz A a Freeway Flyer, I've been given some tough time slots to teach. Currently I have a 7 in the morning business writing class at St. John's and at at LaGuardia Community College a 6 in the evening writing class that ends at 10  (this is alongside my other courses for the semester) These two classes are very different but the same idea pops [read more]

From Koala to Kangaroo—Getting Your Students Hopping With Active Learning

From Koala to Kangaroo—Getting Your Students Hopping With Active Learningby Shawn Orr, Digital Educator  You’ve probably seen this chart or another many times over the course of your teaching. Basically, it’s saying that we remember very little of what somebody talks to us about. We remember more if we can see it. We remember much more if we can actually practice it and experience it. Dottie Walters and her book Speak and Grow Rich and [read more]

EdTech: Engaging Students, Increasing Productivity, and Impacting Success

EdTech: Engaging Students, Increasing Productivity, and Impacting Successby Greg Rivera, Senior Digital Educator We can’t deny that technology is here to stay. However, that is definitely not a bad thing! In fact, using educational technology can help engage students, improve retention, and help students succeed. There are several educational technologies, including free or almost-free ones, that can help you with these endeavors. Think about our contemporary (millennial) students and some of their characteristics when it [read more]

Bad News Bears: Breaking Bad News To Students

Bad News Bears: Breaking Bad News To Studentsby Jenny Ortiz When it comes  giving a negative message, Gerald Alred cites Francis Weeks in saying, "to be completely direct and forthright, striking to the heart of the matter immediately, is also to be blunt and perhaps offensive. To be direct is to be polite and considerate" then again she writes, "to be direct is to be efficient and to be indirect is to waste [read more]

Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom

Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroomby Shawn Orr I love technology! I guess if I’m being completely honest, what I really love is the engagement, excitement, and interactivity that technology brings to my college classroom. I’m not talking about the bells and whistles (although that’s fun, too), but the true engagement that happens when I use technology that really resonates with my digitally native students, that connects them to each other, [read more]

The Mentor Is In: Teaching and Supporting Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Mentor Is In: Teaching and Supporting Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)by Steven Volk Planning a route, getting gas and changing a flat tire don’t sound challenging to most young adults, but for students on the autism spectrum at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, it was one of the greatest tests of their independence. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to [read more]

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At San Jose State Turns Out Student Attrition Has Nothing to Do With the Adjuncts »

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Ian E. McInness On San Jose State University’s lush inner-city campus, students in their graduation gowns pose with their families in front of ivy-covered buildings. They’re the lucky ones. Just 10 percent of students…

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800 Community College of Allegheny County Adjuncts Win Small Pay Hike »

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the board of the Community College of Allegheny County today unanimously approved a three-year contract with its roughly 800 adjunct faculty members. CCAC spokeswoman Elizabeth Johnston said…

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After New State Law Goes into Effect, All Oregon Adjuncts Now Get Paid Sick Leave »

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by Laura Jordan On June 22, 2015, Oregon became the fourth state to enact a statewide mandatory paid sick leave law, following California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The bill, signed into law by Governor…

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Lecturer Uses Facebook to Expose The Poor Working Conditions of Part-Time Instructors In South Korean Universities »

Part-time instructors in most South Korean universities suffer from poor working conditions and low income. (Photo by Chung Sung Jun/Getty Images)

by Jean Marie Abellana About 70,000 lecturers from several universities in South Korea are working part-time. These teachers renew their job contracts every semester. While the majority of them desire to be given…

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Dutch Legislature Strengthens Temp. Faculty Contracts, Universities Thwart New Law »

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At universities in the Netherlands, an increasing number of university academic staff are being employed on flexible contracts, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported in 2014. Over the past 17 years, the number of…

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Second Class Citizen No More: Adjunct Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against His Own Union »

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by P.D. Lesko Last week, adjunct faculty activist Keith Hoeller, co-founder of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association and the Editor of Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System (Vanderbilk Press, 2014), filed…

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Contract Instructing in Ontario—A Personal Perspective »

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by Andrew Robinson I am a relative newcomer to contract instructing, having moved to Ontario from Saskatchewan in 2010, for…

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I Teach University Physics, But I’m on Government Assistance »

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by Andrew Robinson Recently, I had a perfectly reasonable request from a student who wanted to review an exam…

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A Letter to My Students as I Leave Adjunct Teaching »

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by Dana Biscotti Myskowski I’ll miss you. If you don’t believe me, ask any of my former students. Or ask…

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Higher Ed. is Under Attack from Within by Disaffected Students »

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by James H. “Smokey” Shott College campuses — once the bastion of diverse opinion, a garden where ideas thrived, where…

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Why I’m Walking Away: Tenured Faculty Pity Adjuncts. But We Can’t Help Them. »

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by Oliver Lee My grandmother worked in a school cafeteria. My mother taught second grade. Nearly two decades ago, I…

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Why We Decided To Form An Adjunct Union at Our Community College »

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by Luke Niebler On my first day teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, I was…

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Adjuncts Have Fewer Options Than Grad Students at University of Missouri »

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by Carl Kenney Adjunct professors are often treated like Walmart employees. At Walmart, those pulling the strings are most…

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Definition of Crazy? FTer Gives Up Teaching Job For Life As An “Entrepreneurial Journalist” and Adjunct »

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by Laurie White Other things you might miss once they’re not there anymore include paid sick leave, paid time…

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  7. 800 Community College of Allegheny County Adjuncts Win Small Pay Hike
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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 professor [GAP, yours truly]: Bless me Father, for I have sinned. Priest: I bless you, my son. What sins do you confess? GAP: I have…

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DePaul Adjunct Calls Out College President on Efforts to “Intimidate” Faculty »

by Brendan McQuade On Jan. 14,  DePaul University faculty received a letter addressing a campaign by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to unionize DePaul’s contingent faculty.  While the tone of the email was softened by references to DePaul’s “culture” and “values,” the message is no doubt intended to dissuade, if not intimidate, faculty. Students…

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From Koala to Kangaroo—Getting Your Students Hopping With Active Learning »

by Shawn Orr, Digital Educator  You’ve probably seen this chart or another many times over the course of your teaching. Basically, it’s saying that we remember very little of what somebody talks to us about. We remember more if we can see it. We remember much more if we can actually practice it and experience…

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For Faculty: A Closer Look at the Yik Yak App »

by Virginia Postrel Yik Yak is a social-media app that in just two years has become an everyday part of the American college experience. If you’ve heard of it, chances are you think it’s awful. It has a terrible reputation as adangerous source of vitriol, threats and ethnic slurs — a reputation only strengthened by recent…

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An Interview With the Academic Twitter Star: “Sh*t Academics Say” »

By Shawna Wagman Since Nathan Hall introduced the world to Shit Academics Say in 2013, his humorous Twitter account has become one of the most popular related to academia, with nearly 140,000 followers. Dr. Hall, an associate professor in the department of education and counseling psychology at McGill University in Canada, says his once anonymous…

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

by P.D. Lesko The latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” relies on data from the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. The report concludes that a high percentage of newly-minted…

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