How to Team Teach and Do Nothing At All

How to Team Teach and Do Nothing At All

by Shari Dinkins You been given your first assignment team teaching–but you have no time to actually teach the darn thing. What to do? Tell the Chair that you can’t handle half of three units? Don’t despair. You can get paid for team teaching without actually doing any work. Here’s how: ESTABLISH YOURSELF AS A […]

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Evaluating Evaluations Recently, I had the experience of receiving some scathing evaluations from a group of students in a cultural linguistics course I taught. Since I have always had good to great evaluations (and great evals. from the university evaluators), I took time to ponder the comments. There was an unusual amount of venting on the […]

The Big Sigh

The Big Sigh

by P.D. Lesko I don’t know a lot about academic publishing–or book publishing in general for that matter. Somehow, I don’t think it’s so very different from magazine publishing, however. One produces a printed product aimed at a targeted demographic and then goes about selling the product. Magazine publishers have the added task, if advertising […]

The Problem With Adjuncts As Entrepreneurs

The Problem With Adjuncts As Entrepreneurs

by Elaina Loveland Adjuncts are more catered to than ever. Adjunctopia.com helps part-time faculty find jobs. Academic publishers Allyn & Bacon/Longman and Houghton Mifflin host Web sites exclusively for adjuncts. A cover story about an adjunct English professor was published this past summer in Washington Post Magazine. People are beginning to recognize the role adjuncts […]

Mainstream Media and Higher Education News Reporting

Mainstream Media and Higher Education News Reporting

by P.D. Lesko For those who work within the field of higher education in the United States, finding industry-related news can be a chore. Of course, there is The Chronicle of Higher Education. The weekly newspaper strives to examine higher education with the detail of an electron microscope. Don’t get me wrong, I (and evidently […]

Storyboards Aren’t just For Film Directors Anymore

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 […]

AFT Adopts Standards For P/T Faculty

AFT Adopts Standards For P/T Faculty

by Conrad de Aenlle A highlight of the 2002 AFT convention was adoption of “The Standards of Good Practice in the Employment of Part-time/ Adjunct Faculty: A Blueprint for Raising Standards and Ensuring Financial and Professional Equity.” The report documents the increasing exploitation of part-time and adjunct faculty. Part-timers now teach over 50 percent of […]

Adjunct Ken Hardy Dies

Adjunct Ken Hardy Dies

  On June 14, 2002 Kenneth Hardy died at the age of 45 from lung cancer. In April of 2002, the United States Supreme Court let stand a ruling that the former Jefferson Community College instructor who had lost his job for using a racial slur during a class about hurtful speech could continue his […]

Dave Sperling: An Adjunct With a Virtual Passion

Dave Sperling: An Adjunct With a Virtual Passion

by George H. Clemes III When you meet Dave Sperling, creator of the popular web site “Dave’s ESL Cafe,” you’ll quickly realize that he is a man of passion. Dave is passionate about the Cafe of course, for which he is most known, but he’s also passionate about teaching, writing, lecturing, his family and life in general. Dave has good […]

An Offer They Can Refuse

An Offer They Can Refuse

by Chris Cumo Chuck Whitten never expected to be in the eye of a hurricane. A 25-year broadcast journalist, he had come to the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California as an adjunct to share his passion for journalism. He enjoyed the teaching, but had neither the time nor the interest to become politically active on campus. Union […]