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Learning to Love Life Outside Academe

by Peter Temes WHEN I LEFT academe, I often thought about the title of Milan Kundera’s book Life Is Elsewhere. Like many scholars, I had the feeling that intellectual life was terribly thin outside colleges and universities. My earliest experiences in the 9-to-5 world didn’t help much. In my first nonacademic job, as a marketing clerk at a newsletter publishing company, […]

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The Adjunct and the Chancellor

by Lee Shainen SOUND LIKE THE scenario for an educational drama a la “The Odd Couple?” (Well, one of us can afford more expensive clothes.) Nope, it’s just the two of us putting our heads together over dinner to come up with a more equitable system of paying faculty at community colleges. We figured that […]

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Teaching Without Tenure: Policies and Practices for a New Era

by Diane Calabrese THE MESSENGERS DIFFER. But the message is the same. Most doctoral recipients that aspire to tenure-track, full-time faculty positions will never find them. In mid- January, the Pew Charitable Trusts released the results of a study it funded, a study that illuminates the quantitative dimensions of life after graduate studies. As currently […]

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Are You Disciplined?

by Andi O’Conor DISCIPLINED MINDS is a radical, disturbing, and provocative look at professional life. It offers a profound analysis of the personal struggles for identity and meaning in the lives of today’s 21 million professionals. The book will shake up readers, particularly faculty members, graduate students, and others who participate in academic life. This […]

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The AAUP Tries to Cure What Ails

by TAA Staff THE AAUP NOW offers medical insurance to its members, who may choose from among four plans. A short-term plan is available to members, like temporary lecturers between jobs, who need coverage for a few months. The major-medical option offers full coverage to individuals and families. Participants may select a physician of their […]

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Feast or Famine? It’s Academic

by Chris Cumo THE GAP BETWEEN rich and poor is as much a fact of academe as of American society. 74 private colleges and universities paid their presidents more than $300,000 in the 1998-1999 academic year. The number of presidents above the $300,000 mark represented a 21 percent increase from the previous year, when 61 […]

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The Coal Miner’s Daughter: HDL On-Line

by Chris Cumo HARCOURT LEARNING DIRECT began in 1890, offering courses by mail to coal miners in Scranton, Pennsylvania who hoped to complete high school or train for management. Since then Harcourt has gone on-line, attracting students throughout the U.S. More than 11 million students have taken courses through Harcourt in programs that lead to […]

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Settling Old Scores at Bennington

by TAA Staff BENNINGTON COLLEGE in Vermont agreed in December 2000 to pay 17 former professors $1.89 million. They were among the 26 whom the college’s president, Elizabeth Coleman, fired in 1994 for mediocre teaching. She justified her action as part of Bennington’s retrenchment amid a $1 million deficit and declining enrollment. Nineteen of the […]

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Developing Adjunct Faculty Part 2

by Richard Lyons AS DISCUSSED IN my last column, employing adjunct instructors provides our institutions many benefits beyond reducing overall instructional costs. These include enriching our curricula with real-world perspectives, offering highly specialized courses for increasingly demanding students, cultivating linkages to community resources, and providing staffing flexibility. As any critical resource does, however, adjunct faculty […]

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2000-2001 Fulbrights

by TAA Staff FOR COLLEGE faculty members, administrators and independent scholars, the Fulbright Award represents a prestigious pat on the back, as well as an opportunity to teach and research abroad for one year. Since 1997, The Adjunct Advocate has combed the full list of Fulbright winners, released each winter by the Council for the […]

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  • OPSEU Contract Gives Canadian PTers More Job Security

    Ontario’s colleges have reached a tentative agreement with 10,000 faculty members that includes a two-year pay freeze. The faculty members had been prepared to take a strike vote on September 6th, Ontario Public Service Employees Union president Warren “Smokey” Thomas said. The two-year deal will freeze faculty salaries and leave benefits untouched, essentially maintaining the status […]

  • Union Balks At New Jersey Governor’s Proposal to Move Rutgers Adjuncts To High-Deductible Health Plan

    by J. Fletcher Close to 850,000 current and retired state workers can start choosing new health care plans on October 17, 2011 — a normally routine process that this year forms part of the largest overhaul of public-employee health care in the state. The state’s unfunded liability, defined as future costs expected in the health […]

  • More Mistakes From My First Semester Teaching Online

    by Jonathan Rees My first semester as an online instructor is almost over. Who knows where the time goes? Curating a respectable online survey course experience comes with a lot of responsibility. In my humble opinion, too many online U.S. history survey courses cling to the vestiges of the traditional lecture model. As I’ve explained here […]

  • Ten Timesaving Tips for Part-Time Distance Learning Faculty

    by Steven N. Pyser, JD Many educational institutions are offering distance education as an instructional option. Job opportunities for adjunct faculty are said to be growing; yet, some faculty are reluctant to venture online because of concerns about perceived preparation and time requirements. These timesaving tips are grounded in sound educational practice and organized around […]

  • Teaching With Moodle

    by Thomas N. Robb Virtually every educational institution has by now adopted a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or CMS (Course Management System) for use either as an adjunct to its traditional courses (often called a “blended” or ”hybrid” course system), or as a tool for its distance education program. The “big players” are WebCT and […]

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