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Home » September 1st, 2001 Entries posted on “September, 2001”

Adjunct Health Care Gets a Hearing in Boston

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Elgin CC Adjuncts Lose Option to Self-Insure

by TAA Staff WITH MANAGED HEALTH care and retroactive pay increases included, Elgin Community College released its tentative two-year contract agreement with its faculty union on July 17th. ECC’s faculty union voted to ratify the contract that same week, and shortly thereafter the board of trustees did the same. Though several issues, including pay increases for […]

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P/Timer Hiring Practices Derail CSU Union Negotiations

by TAA Staff A LAST DITCH effort by the California Faculty Association to avert impasse failed July 16 when the CSU Administration Team refused to modify its position on several issues of importance to faculty. Instead, Administration bargainers presented a list of demands for changes to 18 contract articles, most of which had been in […]

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Mount St. Vincent Part-Timers Reject Contract Offer

by TAA Staff THE UNION REPRESENTING part-time faculty at Mount Saint Vincent University has rejected a “final offer” from the university by a vote of 100 percent. The main outstanding issue is wages. The part-time faculty are looking to achieve wage parity with their counterparts at Saint Mary’s University, who settled a new contract on […]

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S.P.Q.R.

by P.D. Lesko WHEN VISITING ROME, Italy, one notices the letters S.P.Q.R. on most every modern drain cover. The correct Latin translation is, of course, “Senatus Populus Que Romanus,” or “The Senate and People of Rome.” I once asked a group of Italian friends whether the “and” in that phrase implies a united group, or […]

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The Rollercoaster of Remediation

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by Jennifer Block Bradner YOU PARK YOUR car in the parking lot. You approach the ticket window. You purchase a ticket and enter the gates. You have arrived and the amusement park and all its trappings are yours for the enjoying. And then you see it. The sign that reads “You Must Be This Tall […]

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Soul Work and Thunderstorms

by Lee Shainen LIVING IN THE desert where the annual rainfall is perhaps ten inches, one paradoxically, learns a lot about rain. Considering that all of the rain falls in two distinct and short seasons, one also learns to distrust annual averages. We have winter rains and summer rains with only a rare surprise rain in […]

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A Review of Ghosts in the Classroom

by Diane Calabrese Ghosts in the Classroom: Stories of Adjunct Faculty and the Price We All Pay, Edited by Michael Dubson, Camel’s Back Books, 2001, Boston, MA IS THE ANTECEDENT of the “we” in the title the population at large (probably) or the ghosts in the classroom (possibly)? Assume the former, and the title misleads. Society […]

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What does the UAW Want With America’s Professorate?

by Andrew Williams YOU’VE FINALLY DECIDED to take action. The class cancellations and last minute re-hirings, low wages, second class status are no longer tolerable. But rather than leaving a profession you love, you decide to improve the job you already have. Before you know it, you’ve called some colleagues whom you suspect feel the same […]

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Make Sure You Have a CV or Résumé That Travels Well

by Mary Anne Thompson INTEREST AMONG SEASONED professionals in pursuing international careers has skyrocketed in recent years. Such interest has been enhanced by chronic personnel shortages in home markets that are causing foreign companies to search beyond their borders for talent. These candidates aren’t passively waiting to be hired by just any employer. They’re targeting […]

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  • NYU Adjunct Faculty Vote to Strike

    The ACT-UAW Local 7902 — a union made up of adjunct professors from NYU and the New School — has negotiated with and made proposals to the NYU administration for nine months regarding health benefits, equitable pay and compensation, among other grievances. The union recently held a vote to see how many of its members were in favor of authorizing a strike against the university and 94 percent of the union’s 2,500 members voted in favor of the strike.

  • Best of the Web: Distance Education Resources

    by Vicki Urquhart ON-LINE EDUCATION HAS been around long enough for us to know that for students to be successful they should possess certain traits or skills, such as self-motivation, determination, time-management skills, and a high comfort level with technology. In turn, on-line instructors need these same skills; the presence of good technical support in […]

  • ISU Nontenure-Track Faculty Organize

    by Gretchen E. Knapp Nontenure-track faculty at Illinois State University have formed the ISU Nontenure-track Faculty Association, IEA-NEA , which launched its organizing campaign on April 2. Nontenure-track faculty are fulltime and part-time temporary employees on one-semester or one-year contracts. Over 400, or 40 percent, of ISU’s faculty are nontenure-track (NTT). The ISU NTT FA seeks to address the concerns […]

  • Make Sure You Have a CV or Résumé That Travels Well

    by Mary Anne Thompson INTEREST AMONG SEASONED professionals in pursuing international careers has skyrocketed in recent years. Such interest has been enhanced by chronic personnel shortages in home markets that are causing foreign companies to search beyond their borders for talent. These candidates aren’t passively waiting to be hired by just any employer. They’re targeting […]

  • Scientists Share Adjunct Concerns

    by Peter Miller THEY CAN DEFINE pi to fourteen significant figures, easily. Sometimes, they smell like formaldehyde or a newer chemical used to preserve or disassemble life forms. They might greet you as “fellow carbon-based life form.” They’re typically male, and their dress code hasn’t changed since they proudly declared themselves geeks in junior high. Scientists. Academic scientists, in particular. […]

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