Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

When Students Evaluate Faculty On-Line Being an adjunct instructor and former student I could easily relate to both sides of the issue. First, are there safeguards which allow a student to rate her/his instructor(s) only one time per class? And can the on-line evaluation sites detect students who are not in the instructor’s class and […]

Hail to the Victors

Hail to the Victors

by P.D. Lesko I am a Michigan native. Other than three years of teaching abroad at an Italian university, I have spent my life in Michigan. I am a Midwestern cliché, though not to the extent once described by a friend from the East Coast. All Midwesterners, she announced one day, ate beef and wore fur […]

Gender Blindness and the Sciences

Gender Blindness and the Sciences

by Patricia G. Selinger We need to get behind the message that science and engineering are gender-blind. At a time when information-technology companies scour the Earth in search of technical skills, fewer college women choose careers in science and technology than did the women of a decade ago. The number of college women earning bachelor’s degrees in […]

Why Must They Learn That?

Why Must They Learn That?

by Marcus L. Herzberg I teach an introductory course in the social foundations of education for students considering becoming teachers. As a course requirement, my students must complete a 10-hour field experience in a local educational institution. The other day, as the classand I were discussing how things were going at these sites, one of my students asked […]

The Lecturer’s Tale

The Lecturer’s Tale

by Vicki Urquhart What British Lit instructor hasn’t given the assignment to create another Chaucerian tale? In The Lecturer’s Tale, James Hynes has a rollicking good time telling his own bawdy, fantastical, and mysterious tale. Alternately a satire and allegory, this bizarre portrayal of a dysfunctional English department will offend some academicians and amuse others. From […]

Journal of Excellence in College Teaching

Journal of Excellence in College Teaching

by Mark J. Drozdowski As a recently appointed adjunct faculty member, I’ll consider any teaching tips or tricks I can find. Naturally, I eagerly picked up the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, hoping to learn how to become a more effective instructor. Does it help? First, a brief background on the Journal is in order. Founded […]

Community College Jobs: Ph.D. Holders Need Not Apply

Community College Jobs: Ph.D. Holders Need Not Apply

by Chris Cumo With a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature from CUNY, Christina Boufis set her sights on a research university. But expectations fell when the job search stalled, and she settled for “making a living as an overextended adjunct,” which included a stint at a community college. Two years there netted her an interview for a full-time position. Instead […]

Taxing Matters: The Long Reach of Uncle Sam

by Conrad de Aenlle Americans who have settled abroad may feel far from home, but to the Internal Revenue Service, it is almost as though they never left. The United States is one of a very few countries that continue to tax citizens and even U.S. permanent residents, or green-card holders, who live overseas. But tax experts point out […]

Yes, Virginia, Adjuncts Do Win Guggenheims

Yes, Virginia, Adjuncts Do Win Guggenheims

by Chris Cumo Andre Dubus III The genes for prose run deep in the Dubus family. Like his father, Andre Dubus III writes award-winning fiction. His novel House of Sand and Fog (Norton,1999) was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction in 1999. The next year Oprah Winfrey made it an Oprah Book Club selection, praised […]

Saving Time On-Line

Saving Time On-Line

by Evelyn Beck Does teaching on-line take more time than teaching a face-to- face class? “Yes, it certainly does,” says Thomas Nolan, who teaches on-line nursing courses and directs The Center for Teaching and Professional Development at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. “It’s a heck of a lot more labor intensive.” He cites an average of […]