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What to Do When a Student Grieves Against You

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by Stefanie Schwalb “A STUDENT GRIEVANCE is a college-related problem, which a student believes to be unfair, inequitable, discriminatory, or a hindrance to the educational process. A grievance also includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age.” This definition from the Student Grievances Procedures section at the Web […]

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No More Mr. Nice Guy at Microsoft

by Gayle Fredericks THE END OF June marked the end of an era at Microsoft Corp., when a new policy went into effect that restricts the company’s extensive use of temporary workers. Besieged by lawsuits and complaints, Microsoft is limiting the length of temporary workers’ contracts to 365 days, and will further require that workers […]

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Enrollment is on the Rise at the University of Phoenix

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by Chris Cumo TO PARAPHRASE FRANKILN Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, the University of Phoenix has nothing to fear, not even fear itself. The for-profit university announced a 22 percent increase in enrollment between May 31, 1999 and May 31, 2000. Online enrollment, which leapt 44.7 percent, fueled much of this growth according to the […]

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A Nation Arises

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by P.D. Lesko I WOULD LIKE to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about the changes which are going on here in the offices of The Adjunct Advocate. First off, the staff is expanding. We have added staff in the Marketing and Sales departments, and will soon add staff in the Editorial and […]

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Seduction in the Academy

by Chris Cumo PBS ESSAYIST ROGER Rosenblatt fears in “Hello Mr. Chips” that the rise of universities.com will end “the tawdry, yet elevated professor-student affair.” He need not worry, for no on-line college can compete with the hormones that saturate campus life. “Of course professors are sleeping with their students,” Joanne Cavell told Cosmopolitan, with […]

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Would You Like Fries With That?

by Brian Caterino No, academia hasn’t quite been assimilated to the model of McDonald’s fast food outlets, but the latest step in the commodification of knowledge has come into view with the recent announcement by Barnes & Noble of its new on-line “University”. Barnes & Noble will be offering free, nonaccredited, courses to the public, […]

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Cooperative Learning … It’s Back

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by Lee Shainen YEARS AGO, DURING the Gulf War, I began a composition class by having the students interview each other, write short biographies, and then read them to the entire class. Due to our proximity to the University of Arizona, there were several international students in this community college class, including students from Iran, […]

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A Wolf in Intellectual’s Clothing

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by Kathy Plann IN COLLEGE CLASSROOMS, as portrayed by Hollywood, there are no female professors. I also couldn’t help noticing that in a sampling of films which span the past two and a half decades, [Jerry Lewis’s “The Nutty Professor” (1963), “Animal House” (1978), Eddie Murphy’s “The Nutty Professor” (1996), and “Road Trip” (2000)]-the male […]

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A Review of the Blue Angel

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by Janice Albert IN HER LATEST novel, Blue Angel, Francine Prose updates a 1905 story by Heinrich Mann in which an entertainer, Lola Lola, fascinates and then ruins Professor Rath, who gives in to his obsession for her. Francine Prose moves the story to a small, expensive college in Vermont. Her professor is Ted Swenson, […]

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Innocents Abroad

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by Jeannie Barry-Sanders CAREER DECISIONS CAN be a hassle, and if you are at a crossroads in your decision making or just want to gain some extra experience, an international internship just might be the answer. An internship provides an opportunity to travel abroad, examine career options, and to be of service. They can be […]

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  • Getting Started: A Pair of Books for New Teachers

    by Erika Dreifus, Ph.D. It’s natural for beginning teachers to seek advice—where else?—in books. Peter Filene’s Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors, and James M. Lang’s Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year provide two recent additions to the how-to literature for new instructors. Both Filene, professor of […]

  • Parenting & Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career

    reviewed by Silvia Foti Drawn to this book like a hungry baby to a pillow-soft mammary, I found myself unable to latch on to its central message—that mothers teaching full-time in the college classroom are scarce, perhaps because they are disrespected, mistrusted, and unwanted. Divided into three sections—Challenges, Possibilities, and Change—comprising 24 personal reflections of […]

  • Prairie State College P/Timers Set to Organize

    Part-time instructors at Prairie State College in Illinois said they are confident they will organize into a union. The question is when—and what organization will represent them. A group of about 25 adjunct faculty formed Adjunct Instructors United in May 2004 with the intent of organizing into a union and negotiating a new contract. A […]

  • Distance Education On-Line Resource Round-up

    by Melissa Doak REMEMBER THOSE OLD t.v. commercials for correspondence courses? I do. At eleven years old, I was fascinated with all the things I could choose to learn by mail. Why did anyone go to college when they could call a toll-free number for information about how to earn more money and respect than […]

  • Obama’s New Chief of Staff Forced FT Faculty at NYU To Cross Adjunct Union Picket Lines

    President Barack Obama may have crossed labor unions yet again this week when he named former budget director Jack Lew to be his fourth chief of staff in just three years. News broke last week that Obama had deployed the Coast Guard to protect grain ships from longshoremen union members and occupiers in Washington State, but now a […]

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