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How to Team Teach and Do Nothing At All

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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 […]

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Letters to the Editor

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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 […]

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The Big Sigh

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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 […]

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The Problem With Adjuncts As Entrepreneurs

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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 […]

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Mainstream Media and Higher Education News Reporting

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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 […]

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Storyboards Aren’t just For Film Directors Anymore

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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 […]

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AFT Adopts Standards For P/T Faculty

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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 […]

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Adjunct Ken Hardy Dies

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  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 […]

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Dave Sperling: An Adjunct With a Virtual Passion

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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 […]

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An Offer They Can Refuse

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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 […]

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  • Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom

    by Lee Warren Sometimes things seem to explode in the classroom, and what do we do then? Knowing strategies for turning difficult encounters into learning opportunities enables us to address important, but hot, topics – religion, politics, race, class, gender – in our classroom discussions. Hot moments occur when people’s feelings – often conflictual – […]

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  • What does the UAW Want With America’s Professorate?

    by Andrew Williams YOU’VE FINALLY DECIDED to take action. The class cancellations and last minute re-hirings, low wages, second class status are no longer tolerable. But rather than leaving a profession you love, you decide to improve the job you already have. Before you know it, you’ve called some colleagues whom you suspect feel the […]

  • New Hampshire Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

    The State Employees’ Association announced Monday that adjunct faculty members at Plymouth State University have voted to form a bargaining unit affiliated with the association. The N.H. Public Employee Labor Relations Board reported to vote in favor of the union as 60 to 43. The vote allows the S.E.A. to represent adjunct (part-time, temporary) faculty […]

  • Campus Threats Made in Online Courses—What’s A Faculty Member To Do?

    by Kate Mangu-Ward If a student threatens to shoot his classmates (or himself) on the online message board for his physics class, does that count as a campus threat? That’s just one of the many questions purveyors of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, are asking themselves. Universities have traditionally been asked to play many […]

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