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Undue Influence

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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 […]

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Have the Humanities Sealed Their Fate?

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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, […]

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

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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 […]

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College Presidents With the Heftiest Salaries Pay Adjuncts the Least

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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 […]

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Georgia Shorts P/T Faculty on Retirement Benefits

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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 […]

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Retirement Benefit Suit May Cost Washington State $12M

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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 […]

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Teaching in Cameroon, Central Africa

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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 […]

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ISU Nontenure-Track Faculty Organize

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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 […]

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Streaming Audio Lectures

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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 […]

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Letters to the Editor

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 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 […]

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  • Ithaca College Adjunct Union Mulls Spring Strike Over Pay

    by Alyvia Covert The cold wind and beginning flurries Thursday afternoon did not prevent contingent faculty members at Ithaca College from rallying outside the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, as they called in unison: “equal pay for equal work.” In May 2015, part-time faculty at the college passed a vote to form a union in an attempt […]

  • In Nigeria Long-Time PT Lecturers Take to the Courts to Demand FT Status

    by Augustine Aminu Fifty lecturers of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology have petitioned the House of Assembly over their non-engagement after spending between 10 and 15 years in the service of the school. They alleged that they were still accorded the status of part-time lecturers by the management of the institution. […]

  • More Faculty Using Social Media in the Classroom

    by Jonathan Dame A month before they walked into her classroom last fall, Krista Jackman told her freshmen writing students to join Twitter. Their assignment: get to know each other. “My goal in all the classes that I teach is to get my students as comfortable as I can as quickly as I can,” says Jackman, […]

  • University of Oregon Drops Objections To New Unified Faculty Union

    By Stefan Ostrach A new faculty union at the University of Oregon was certified by the Oregon Employment Relations Board on April 27th, shortly after the university’s administration dropped legal objections it had filed against the proposed bargaining unit, which included tenure-related faculty, non-tenure-track faculty, adjunct instructors, and officers of research. The new union is […]

  • Print vs. Digital Books? The Majority of Americans Still Favor Print

    by Andrew Perrin A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats. Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number […]

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