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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 if […]

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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 configured, […]

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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 book […]

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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 Associate […]

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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 fired […]

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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 requires […]

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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 International […]

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  • Campus Threats Made in Online Courses—What’s A Faculty Member To Do?

    by Kate Mangu-Ward If a student threatens to shoot his classmates (or himself) on the online message board for his physics class, does that count as a campus threat? That’s just one of the many questions purveyors of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, are asking themselves. Universities have traditionally been asked to play many […]

  • Computer Manufacturers’ Discounts for Adjunct Faculty

    by Amy O’Loughlin It is a little known fact that adjunct faculty qualify for computer manufacturer software and hardware discounts. Liz Keefe, an adjunct instructor at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, had no idea that she could get a discount directly from a manufacturer. “I’d love to get a discounted computer,” says Keefe. […]

  • A review of Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook

    by Evelyn Beck While most of the burgeoning number of books about distance education focus on instruction, this text is clearly aimed at students. Its purpose is similar to books like E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success by Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) though Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook […]

  • The Newsletter That’s All the Rage: A Review of Women in Higher Education

    by Mark J. Drozdowski SHOULD WOMEN WORKING at colleges and universities be enraged? The editors at Women in Higher Education think so. The mission of this monthly newsletter is “to enlighten, encourage, empower, and engage women on campus to win acceptance of women’s styles and values, improving higher education and society.” Its Web site adds […]

  • When Baristas Earn More Than College Faculty

    Saying that their lowest-paid members make less than they would at area community colleges, about 30 Western Michigan University part-time instructors and their supporters rallied Thursday at Sprau Tower before marching around campus. “A barista at Starbucks has a better compensation package than a part-time professor with a master’s degree or a PhD,” said Thomas Kostrzewa, […]

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