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Home » September 1st, 2002 Entries posted on “September, 2002”

10 Years and Counting

by P.D. Lesko Whenever I hire a new writer, I always make a point of telling the individual that my desire in publishing the Adjunct Advocate is not to simply report on what has happened, but rather to anticipate trends before they become national news. I like to believe I am a forward thinker. The most […]

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The Age of Impatience

by Howard Good It seems to me–granted, I’m a cranky person–that we often look in the wrong places for the right things. Want to raise student achievement? Put computers in the classroom. Want to make schools more accountable? Mandate high-stakes testing. Want to improve teaching? Abolish tenure, or increase teacher salaries, or both. No matter […]

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Evaluating Evaluations

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by Chris Cumo The semester’s end has a routine of its own centered on final exams and grade tabulations. But no part of the routine carries more weight than teaching evaluations. Bad ratings will cost adjuncts their jobs at Georgia State University, said Educational Policy Studies assistant professor Mary Beth Gasman. Administrators expect both full- […]

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The Student Body: Short Stories About College Students and Professors

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by Vicki Urquhart If ever a book cover belied its contents The Student Body: Short Stories About College Students and Professors does. Don’ t be put off by the title and the unfortunate choice of headless torsos used as cover art. Beyond these obstacles is a collection of funny, sad, sardonic, self-effacing, and tender tales. […]

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Grades Are Too High in the Academy, But Are Adjuncts To Blame?

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by Chris Cumo Part-time faculty should think twice before marking up a stack of essays. An adjunct lecturer at Southern Connecticut State University, who spoke on condition of anonymity, suspects she lost a part-time stint at another college because she wouldn’t hand out As and Bs to students who hadn’t earned them. But she can’t […]

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The Adjunct Advocate: 10 Years of Adjunct Advocacy

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by P.D. Lesko In September of 1992, the Adjunct Advocate debuted. The magazine, a slim 20 pages, had no display advertising and led off with a cover story titled “Health, Wealthy & Wise”: Finding Affordable Health Care.” The issue also featured the very first “Reportcard.” The feature, as we explained it to readers back then, “focuses on individual schools, […]

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Putting Together a Roadside Emergency Kit

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by P.D. Lesko Have you ever been in this scenario? It’s 7 a.m.; you’re driving to your first class of the day. You know in an instant that something’s wrong. Controlling the vehicle becomes increasingly difficult and you ease the car to the side of the road. Getting out, you see that the left rear […]

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Hybrid Courses

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by Evelyn Beck As distance education evolves from a totally on-line environment plagued by higher-than-average attrition rates, more options may make it easier for students to find the right match for the way they learn best. And many advocates say that increasingly popular hybrid courses may be the ideal approach to combine the best features […]

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Teaching English in France: Bonne Chance Mes Amis

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by Jason Neiverth Every once in a while, in the middle of my day, I find myself suddenly transfixed, unable to move. A half-chewed morning croissant rests deliciously inside my now-still mouth. I stare straight ahead at the sun shining against the distant mountains, amidst a city laden with culture and history, culinary geniuses, and some of the […]

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Chemeketa Community College Cuts Adjunct Jobs to Balance Budget

Chemeketa Community College will cut 20 percent of its courses taught by part-time faculty this fall to balance its budget. The reduction will save about $700,000, but it will mean between 350 and 400 fewer class sections this year at the school’s main northeast Salem campus and smaller sites across the Mid-Willamette Valley. Chemeketa officials […]

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  • Taking the Show on the Road

    by Susan M. Gorga and Jeffrey J. Mondak IN 1997 AND 1998, we team-taught political science courses at Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The students all had studied English, but their proficiency was varied. We were cognizant of the problems students would have understanding instruction in English, but we were unable to teach in Romanian. To […]

  • When Baristas Earn More Than College Faculty

    Saying that their lowest-paid members make less than they would at area community colleges, about 30 Western Michigan University part-time instructors and their supporters rallied Thursday at Sprau Tower before marching around campus. “A barista at Starbucks has a better compensation package than a part-time professor with a master’s degree or a PhD,” said Thomas Kostrzewa, […]

  • InsideHigherEd.com: Adding Some Spice to Higher Ed. Reportage

    by Mark Drozdowski When you want news and views on higher education, where do you turn? Well, yes, of course you pick up the Adjunct Advocate. But for many in this field, The Chronicle of Higher Education represents the gold standard, the journal of record, the “bible.” Most industry folks I know refer to it […]

  • The Exorcists: At Duquesne U, Admins Use Religion to Fight Unionization

    by P.D. Lesko Moshe Z. Marvit is an adjunct at the Duquesne University School of Law. He has a piece posted to InTheseTimes.com is which he writes about Duquesne University’s abrupt about face in response to adjunct faculty attempts to affiliate with the United Steelworkers. Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts voted for the United Steelworkers in the summer of […]

  • Eleven of the Hottest Software Programs for Distance Learning: Don’t Boot Your Computer without Them

        by Steven N. Pyser, J.D. Distance learning faculty are experiencing the Chinese proverb, “May you live in exciting times.” Computers are fully integrated into our lives. Technological advances with increased memory capacity and processing speed available on today’s computers allow us to perform tasks not possible at the close of the millennium. Would […]

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