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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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  • 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 […]

  • Language Magazine, the Journal of Education and Communication and Education

    by Mark J. Drozdowski Despite years of study, I never could grasp French. In college, I was a walking paradox: I had a great facility for English but couldn’t comprehend its Romance cousin. My trauma culminated with a trip to Paris, where I discovered that the only thing worse than knowing no French is knowing […]

  • Active Learning vs. Lecturing in the College Classroom

    by Paul T. Corrigan One often hears of active learning as a new approach. In contrast, lecturing is the traditional method. Those who support active learning consider it an innovation. Those who do not consider it “another in a long line of educational fads,” as Michael Prince notes. The sequence and chronology remain undisputed either way. Lecturing came first. It has […]

  • A Review of Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty

    by Amy O’Loughlin Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty by Richard E. Lyons addresses the needs of adjunct professors and provides how-to strategies to improve one’s teaching effectiveness and course management efficiency. The book targets those of you who have established your part-time teaching careers, and it is intended to be a “book you will carry […]

  • New Rules Define Workload of Part-Time College Instructors

    by Nick Anderson New rules for the Affordable Care Act spell out for the first time a federal method to define the workload of part-time college instructors, but the formula will not necessarily require schools to provide the instructors with health-care coverage. The question of how to count hours worked by adjunct faculty members has been […]

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