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Home » July 1st, 2003 Entries posted on “July, 2003”

Letters to the Editor

Distance Education: A Global Perspective Hello, I just wanted to send you a quick note to say how much I appreciated Matt Hall’s cartoons that capture the essence of life as an adjunct English teacher. I’m writing more particularly about the article on distance learning. Although your survey of what’s happening internationally (“Distance Education: A […]

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The Equity Pay Scam in California

by P.D. Lesko In “Parity or Partiality in California: Only Time Will Tell,” published in the January/February 2002 issue of the Adjunct Advocate, author Pam Dillon wrote this: “During negotiations in certain districts, union and district officials have been exploring ways to allocate the funds to full-time faculty, as well. Part-time faculty activist Margaret Quan, […]

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Summer School: Come Hell or High Water

by Shari Dinkins THIS IS GOING to be great. I’m going to choke this down in six weeks and get on with my life. All I got to do is get through this next month and a half and I’m home free. I feel as if I can read their minds. It’s based on the […]

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So Long. Farewell. Sayonara. Good-bye.

by Anthony Akers Hi. I’ll be your English professor this semester. I have a Master’s degree in English and Philosophy, seven years of teaching experience, and I’ve written three books. If you have a parent or guardian or sister or brother or friend who is a doctor or a car mechanic or a decent dentist, […]

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A Pair of Books for Distance Educators

by Mark J. Drozdowski IF YOU’RE LIKE me and most other people who’ve passed through college and perhaps graduate school, then you’re probably not terribly familiar with on-line education. As so-called traditional students, we learned in a classroom with the professor and fellow students right in front of us. The idea, then, of taking classes […]

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Creative Uses for Textbook Companion Web Sites

by Denise R. Boyd In today’s competitive textbook market, it’s difficult to find a textbook that doesn’t include free access to a companion Web site. These sites are packed with useful study tools, many of which can be adapted for use in classroom presentations. Moreover, the prices students pay for their books includes the cost […]

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OFTEN Comes Just in Time

by Evelyn Beck Not too long ago, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) brought its adjuncts into the twenty-first century. “It’s hard to imagine anyone working without e-mail and computers even though it’s only been a few years since they became standards for adjuncts,” says Kathryn Baker, a former adjunct who has been teaching full time […]

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Maryland university lays off award-winning computer science lecturer

CHARLES LIN HAS met with students at all hours and has often spent nights on a futon in his office at the University of Maryland, but because of budget cuts, Lin–who received the Outstanding Instructor Award from the College of Computer, Mathematics and Physical Sciences in 2001–will have to move his blanket and pillow and […]

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University of California lecturers ratify a 3-year contract

IT TOOK THEM three years, but lecturers across the University of California system finally sealed a contract, gaining better job security and base salary raises. The American Federation of Teachers, the union for the 1,600 UC lecturers, reached a provisional agreement Thursday morning for a new labor contract which would be effective through June 2006. […]

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Canadian sessionals settle their contract dispute

Teaching assistants and lecturers at the University of Guelph voted recently to ratify a new three-year contract. A tentative agreement was reached between the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 3913 and the university, with the assistance of a mediator. Toni Xerri, chief negotiator for the union, which represents more than 1,000 teaching assistants, non-tenure […]

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  • Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

    by Andrew Miller Rubrics are a beast. Grrrrrrr! They are time-consuming to construct, challenging to write and sometimes hard to use effectively. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the web, plus tools to create them, and as educators, it can overwhelm us. Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning. […]

  • Handling Disruptive Students

    by John McIntosh All behaviors that interfere with teaching and learning in the classroom can be considered to be disruptive. Disruptive behavior can be repeated small actions or a single major event. Here are some strategies for minimizing and coping with behavior that may make instructors feel uneasy, annoyed, or threatened: Know your own students. […]

  • Distance Education: Definition and Glossary of Terms, 2nd Ed.

    by Lee Ayers Schlosser, and Michael Simonson, Information Age Publishing, Inc, 2006. 160 pages. reviewed by Glen T. Fogerty An on-going mission for many colleges or universities is to provide “accessible education” (Owston, 1997) to those who seek new knowledge. However, a traditional campus may be limited in the access it can provide due to […]

  • Encouraging Students to Write and Read by Creating Comics

    by Bill Zimmerman Want your students to develop their imaginations, as well as a fondness for reading and writing and telling stories? Then encourage them to create their own comic strips. My own love of comics and understanding of their value as a learning tool began when I was a child. Back then, the very […]

  • Boston Adjuncts Divided On Whether To Unionize

    The Service Employees International Union saw both a win and loss in the Boston-area this week. Adjunct faculty at Bentley University narrowly voted against joining a union within days of Lesley University’s part-time professors filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to try and form one. Lesley’s adjunct and part-time professors are looking to Tufts for inspiration. Faculty at […]

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