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

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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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  • Minnesota Adjuncts Move Toward Unionizing

    Adjunct faculty members at Macalester College have taken the first formal step to form a union, joining a national movement to organize the growing number of temporary instructors in college classrooms. On Thursday, campus organizers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election for temporary faculty members at the St. […]

  • Paper Cuts

    by Sylvia M. Gross The college textbook is on track to becoming a relic of the paper-and-ink era. On campuses around the country, professors and students are selecting digital versions of books that can be read off of a computer screen. Most college students are used to going online for music, videos and news — […]

  • How to Find a Job Teaching On-Line

    by Evelyn Beck CAROL CONRAD HAS continued to teach on-line business courses for two California colleges despite moving first to Virginia and then to Florida. “If the student can be anywhere, why not the instructor?” she says. As distance education offers greater flexibility for students, so it has also meant more options for adjunct faculty, who are invited in an increasing […]

  • The TKO of Washington State House Bill 5802

    by Brooke Pielli Bill 5802 should have been on the fast track to passage and signing. Fifteen state senators and the American Federation of Teachers sponsored it. According to Keith Hoeller, Washington’s 7,900 part-time faculty would certainly have benefited. Hoeller, is the co-founder of the Washington State Part-Time Faculty Association, and a member of the […]

  • Five Ways You May Be Killing Student Motivation

    by Chase Mielke “What are your thoughts on student motivation?” my principal recently asked. Knowing that I have an interest in motivation, as well as a love of working with at-risk students, he wanted to know my thoughts on why our achievement gap wasn’t narrowing. As a teacher, I of course had many thoughts. But, the […]

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