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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Warm Welcome in Chile

[private] by John Shannon It is fair to say that Chile is only just beginning to appear on the ESL map. For many years geographically and politically isolated, Chile has not seen the same massive developments in ESL that have taken place in, for example, Brazil or Argentina. It is significant that International House, one […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]