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Life on Other Planets

by P.D. Lesko In putting together this issue of the magazine, I have learned that colleges worldwide rely on mass numbers of adjunct and temporary faculty. It is not just a trend anymore; it is a fact of academic life worldwide. Adjunct faculty in Canada, for instance, represent fully half of the teaching faculty. In […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Myth, Reality and Reform:
Ed. Claudio Castro and Daniel C. Levy, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Minority Lecturers in Britain Face job Discrimination

by Amy Rosenberg “So much of getting a job in a university is to do with informal contacts.” “There are all kinds of subtleties in the way that people treat you, how they speak to you and when they don’t speak to you at all in fact ….This becomes the case especially if people perceive […]

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The Foreign Lecturer in Japan: A Temporary Who Cannot Say No

by Anthony S. Rausch Foreign lecturer at a national university in Japan . . . sounds promising. But like so many things Japanese, appearances can deceive and you never know how things will turn out. People wind up staying in Japan long-term for a lot of reasons: specialized research, marriage and family, fate and opportunity. […]

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