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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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  • Study Concludes Online College Enrollment Growing Exponentially Faster Than Student Population

    by Joe McKendrick More than six million college and university students took at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.  This almost 10 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the less-than-1 percent growth in the overall higher education student population nationwide. These […]

  • How to Find a Job Teaching On-Line

    by Evelyn Beck CAROL CONRAD HAS continued to teach on-line business courses for two California colleges despite moving first to Virginia and then to Florida. “If the student can be anywhere, why not the instructor?” she says. As distance education offers greater flexibility for students, so it has also meant more options for adjunct faculty, who are invited in an increasing […]

  • Taking Courses at the Local APM

    by Bob Robinson IT’S 7:30 A.M. You polish up your term paper (actually, you fill in the blanks on the cover page of the paper you purchased on-line), copy it onto a floppy, throw on your coat and rush out the door, mumbling something about being late for work. You rush down to the nearest 24-hour convenience store and notice with […]

  • Storyboards Aren’t just For Film Directors Anymore

    By Evelyn Beck Storyboarding conjures a vision of filmmakers plotting out their next blockbuster. But it can also be a useful tool for on-line instructors. A storyboard is a plan. It can be as simple as a flow chart, and it can feature only text, though the use of even rough illustrations can provide additional clarity for […]

  • DOL Audit of Columbia College of Chicago PT Faculty Union Finances Exposes Multiple Violations

    by Megan Bennett P-fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, has undertaken measures to restructure its expense reporting following a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Labor that found nearly 20 violations of recordkeeping, reporting and other financial requirements between 2013-2014, according to union President Diana Vallera. In a May 26 audit letter from the DOL’s […]

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