Would Someone Tell Me Why Adjuncts & TAs Don’t Unionize Together?

by P.D. Lesko In the September/October 1995 issue, we published a feature called, “Who’s Going to Organize the New Proletariat?” In that piece, I looked at the American Federation of Teachers’, American Association of University Professors’ and the National Education Association’s efforts to organize part-time faculty. Only the AFT officials whom I interviewed back then […]

From Advertising Hack to Inspired Teacher, or How I Got My Soul Back

by Shari Dinkins Mutual funds. Toothpaste. Liquor. Some days I pushed port; others bio. lab services. I wrote copy. I designed ads. I sat with boards of directors. I sat with small businessmen. I struggled with budgets of less than a thousand dollars; I luxuriated in budgets of over a million dollars. I dressed in […]

The Intellectual Entrepreneur

by Chris Cumo Tim Coogan has taught part-time 15 years for community col- leges in New York and New Jersey. He has been on every cam- pus in New York City except Columbia University and the New School. At Rutgers University, where he has taught more than a decade, Coogan has an office and contributes […]

Review of The Teaching Professor

by Mark J. Drozdowski Each week I receive my fair share of unsolicited newsletters of various ilk. For a price, they promise to help me raise more money, become a better public speaker, reduce stress, manage people or time more effectively, or somehow improve my job performance and make me a happier camper. In most […]

New Hampshire Supreme Court Rules Adjuncts Aren’t Temps.

by Chris Cumo Anyone who teaches part-time knows the restless, transient quality of the work. One is a cerebral version of George Milton and Lennie Small, Steinbeck’s ar- chetypes of men forever on the go, never rooted to the soil or a job. Adjuncts are the temporary laborers in the academic vineyard. But Jacqueline May, […]

eArmyU Wants You!

by Evelyn Beck Because most of the students in her on-line algebra class are soldiers, Sharon Davis takes it in stride when someone disappears temporarily. “If they’re going to Afghanistan, there may be a gap in participation,” says Davis, an adjunct math instructor and the director of instructional development at Central Texas College in Killeen. […]

Michigan Lecturers Seek To Unionize

A NON-TENURE TRACK group at the University of Michigan has filed a petition with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, seeking to hold a collective bargaining election. The Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO), affiliated with the Michigan Federation of Teachers & School Related Personnel/AFT, wants to represent 1,300 full- and part-time nontenure-track faculty who teach at the […]

Lecturer Set to Win Fight With Italy

A Scottish lecturer is poised to win a 15-year legal battle to improve the rights of foreigners working in Italy, which could result in a multi-million dollar fine for the country’s government. The European Commission is expected to shortly announce financial sanctions against the Italian government for discriminating against non-Italian foreign-language lecturers working in its […]

Dr. Amy Staples: Adjunct Advocacy Southern Style

Dr. Amy Staples: Adjunct Advocacy Southern Style

by O.W. Coffman By her own admission, Dr. Amy Staples, a full-time professor of history, is “one of those blessed few,” meaning she’s never done time as an adjunct professor. The tenure-track educator, nonetheless, is no stranger to the inequality issues that plague adjuncts, including the estimated 270 part-time instructors who are employed at her […]

Tablet PCs Stake Out Higher Education

by Paul McCloskey The new Tablet PCs from Microsoft and a host of PC manufacturers were announced with the usual coast-to-coast fanfare as the next big thing in personal computing. And while that is always the hope and the hype in such smash announcements, for the higher education community, it just might be true. That’s […]