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 […]

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 […]