Undue Influence

Undue Influence

by Ronald Wolk Our institutions of higher learning have played a critical role in shaping the nation’s public schools, but, unfortunately, their influence has been largely negative. Colleges and universities have pretty much gotten off scot-free as blame has been passed around for the current state of American public education, when, in fact, they should be at the front of […]

Have the Humanities Sealed Their Fate?

Have the Humanities Sealed Their Fate?

by Chris Cumo Underemployment and unemployment have plagued the humanities for 30 years, writes Robert Weisbuch, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, in “The Year of Full Employment,” published in the September 4, 2001, edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The temptation is great to blame universities for producing too many Ph.D.s and too few tenuretrack jobs, […]

Myth, Reality and Reform: Higher Education Policy in Latin America

Myth, Reality and Reform: Higher Education Policy in Latin America

by Mark J. Drozdowski Contrary to a narrowly held belief, people in Latin America don’t speak Latin. If you’re so inclined, however, you could study the dead language at one of the region’s colleges and universities, the subject of  Myth, Reality and Reform: Higher Education Policy in Latin America. A product of editors Claudio de Moura Castro and Daniel C. Levy, the book […]

College Presidents With the Heftiest Salaries Pay Adjuncts the Least

College Presidents With the Heftiest Salaries Pay Adjuncts the Least

University presidents earn salaries that dwarf the pay of adjuncts. However, an interesting trend emerges when examining the salaries paid the ten highest earning university presidents, and the average per course stipends paid to adjuncts at their institutions. Generally, the less a president earns, the higher the average per course stipendpaid to the college’s adjuncts. In fiscal year 2000, George […]

Georgia Shorts P/T Faculty on Retirement Benefits

Georgia Shorts P/T Faculty on Retirement Benefits

Part-time workers have a hard time with benefits. Tom Hudson hopped from job to job for years, trying to piece together a full-time paycheck from itinerant work as a part-time English professor. He paid little attention to his pay stubs while teaching at Athens Technical College in the 1990s, assuming some money went toward a Social Security account that […]

Retirement Benefit Suit May Cost Washington State $12M

Retirement Benefit Suit May Cost Washington State $12M

A possible settlement of a lawsuit brought by part-time community college faculty may cost the state $12 million at a time when every dollar is precious. The Senate budget released this week includes $7 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the state owes retirement benefits to about 3,000 part-time teachers. Under the Senate proposal, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges would take an additional $5 million hit in its existing budget to help […]

Teaching in Cameroon, Central Africa

Teaching in Cameroon, Central Africa

by Jon Smythe Teaching English in Cameroon, Central Africa, is a study in diversity and a case of teaching English in challenging circumstances. Often referred to as Africa in miniature because of its mix of climatic zones, language dialects, and plant and animal life, Cameroon offers a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities for EFL teachers. As a U.S. Peace […]

ISU Nontenure-Track Faculty Organize

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 […]

Streaming Audio Lectures

Streaming Audio Lectures

by Evelyn Beck Presentations you’ve been using in the classroom can be brought to life on-line by adding an audio narrative. “It brings the sense of a lecture,” says Les Howles, a senior consultant for the Department of Learning Technology and Distance Education at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. “One thing often lost in on-line instruction is a sense of place, a personality. Illustrated audio brings […]

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

 Adjunct Faculty in the Sciences The Jan./Feb. 2002 issue of the Adjunct Advocate seems to have discovered many scientists in adjunct appointments and launched a campaign against their exploitation. But nowhere in the issue did I note a definition of “adjunct,” whose divergent uses include short-term or part-time appointments, unsalaried courtesy appointments, appointments in Department A of tenured professors in Department B who teach courses of interest […]