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Class Time Should Be Sacred

by P.D. Lesko IN THE MARCH 28, 2003 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, I read a piece about a part-time faculty member at Citrus College who had been put on administrative leave after, “students said that she had offered them extra credit for writing and sending letters to President Bush that opposed going […]

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Students of Diminished Capacity: The New Victims?

by Shari Dinkins I broke up with my girlfriend. Oh, we’re back together. Well, the cops got involved. It wasn’t my fault. So, what were the assignments due last week? I was reporting to my probation officer—that’s why I wasn’t in class yesterday. I wasn’t here for the test—but it wasn’t my fault. I was […]

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The Emotional Hazards of Teaching Part-Time

by Susan Muaddi Darraj Last week, I walked into my class, ready to deliver the evening’s lesson on the differences between inductive and deductive argumentative essays. I had carefully planned for this evening, and designed an activity I was sure would help cement the students’ understanding of the two styles. The lesson plan had played […]

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Professor As Protagonist: Three Mysteries Set in the Ivory Tower

by Vicki Urquhart In reality, campus murders are relatively rare; yet, from Harvard to Oxford to the University of New Mexico, there is no shortage of murder mysteries set on college or university campuses. Nor is any field of study excluded from the academic mystery genre. The broad range includes the most likely candidates—criminology and […]

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A Warm Welcome in Chile

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Real-Time Data Lead to Real-Life Lessons

by Evelyn Beck In Scott Simkins’s economics classes at North Carolina State University in Greensboro, N.C., students try to predict the future—but not for traditional economics subjects. “Students aren’t predicting the price of pork bellies next week but rather who’s going to win the election or whether the Federal Reserve is going to raise interest […]

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At Emerson, Part-Time Faculty Leads the Fight

Almost two years after part-time teachers at Emerson College voted to establish a labor union—the first of its kind at a private college in New England—they are still without a contract. The faculty members went public with their frustrations in March, handing out fliers in front of college buildings and inviting a panel of national […]

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Why What’s Happening to Marguerite Nedreberg Should Matter to You

The Ohio Health Care Program, the agency of the Ohio State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) in Columbus, Ohio that provides access to medical coverage to retired faculty in the state’s public two and four-year colleges and universities is in trouble. According to the Report to Members, 2002, an annual summary of STRS benefits, between July […]

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Phoenix Rising

by Chris Cumo The glossy cover of the brochure invites readers to “Teach at the leading university for working professionals.” Inside the brochure, the University of Phoenix promises potential faculty that they can tuck teaching into their busy careers while gaining greater expertise through their interaction with students. This interaction gives classes “the feel of […]

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  • Traveling the Globe With Your Students

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders RIDE ON A GONDOLA, waltz on the Piazza San Marco at midnight, or spend the evening riding a vaporetto (waterbus) the length of the Grand Canal. Or visit a Fulani village in West Africa, where the environment is so friendly and peaceful that nonverbal communication transcends the spoken word. History, art, music, and a challenging […]

  • George Mason U Students Study Their Adjuncts

    Molly Greenberg A new George Mason University study on adjunct faculty may be the “most comprehensive study of one institution’s adjunct faculty working conditions ever.” The report, appropriately named “Indispensable but Invisible,” is based on a survey completed by 241 adjunct at George Mason and conducted by the Public Sociology Association made up of George […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Reviewing the Situation

    I walk my kids to school on Monday mornings. They chatter away about whatever their latest interests are, and I listen. Walking them means I get started with work a little later than usual. Generally, I am in my office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., pretty standard hours. However, it takes […]


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