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

Letters to the Editor

Adjunct Man I think Rob Schnelle is the most original voice you’ve published in some time. Not the same old same old, but a satirical essay that really succeeds in hitting below the belt–where all good satirical writing hits, by the way. I love his send up of Bettlebrow State University, and the pompous windbags […]

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Penalizing Students

by P.D. Lesko I DON’T MISS teaching until September rolls around, when, at the least in Michigan, the air turns crisp and the sugar maple leaves look almost aflame against the bright blue sky. On days like that, I remember walking across campus, briefcase in hand, toward some room filled with students eager to begin […]

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Pilfering Epidemic

by Shari Dinkins When we find supplies or equipment missing on campus, our immediate thought is: students. The response is so basic, so quick that we may not access the rational part of our brains. Odd true story: at one state university, students stole the balls from the mice in the computer lab. Yes, clever […]

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My First Name is not “Coach”…and You Aren’t Ready For College

by Brigadier General Ed Wheeler (USA-Ret) Several years ago, I hung up my uniform at the end of a 35-year military career. Shortly afterward, I was asked to teach as an adjunct in a contemporary U.S. history course at one of our nation’s largest community colleges. I suspect I was asked partly because I had […]

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Language Magazine, the Journal of Education and Communication and Education

by Mark J. Drozdowski Despite years of study, I never could grasp French. In college, I was a walking paradox: I had a great facility for English but couldn’t comprehend its Romance cousin. My trauma culminated with a trip to Paris, where I discovered that the only thing worse than knowing no French is knowing […]

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Go Paperless: Put Your Course on CD

by Judy Lever-Duffy, Ed.D. For faculty who choose to include numerous activities in their courses, one of the most bothersome aspects of preparing for classes is the many and frequent visits to the campus copy center. Whether copying handouts, diagrams, or student activities that a teacher needs to prepare materials, planning sufficient time to turn […]

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Part-Time Harper Faculty Seek a Union

Harper College’s part-time teachers are making another push to unionize, a decade after the last effort failed. If they organize, they will be following in the footsteps of the adjunct faculty at other Illinois colleges, such as Oakton and Elgin community colleges and College of DuPage, as well as Roosevelt University. The part-timers behind Harper’s […]

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NYU President Sends Tenured Faculty Back to the Classroom

New York University president John Sexton has waded into one of the thorniest issues in higher education, with critics bemoaning the status of undergraduate education at research universities, where ‘star’ professors can avoid teaching altogether. Shortly after John Sexton became president of New York University last year, he launched a daring experiment aimed at improving […]

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Academic Publishing in the Digital Realm

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Health Insurance: Putting Adjunct Faculty in the Picture

by Jo Gibson Right now,” Diane said, sitting at her desk in the adjunct faculty offices, “I’d probably faint dead away if I were offered health insurance through my job. This is no joke. As an adjunct, I feel like I’m in the only profession that allows me to be a professional, while continuing to […]

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  • 10 Golden Rules for Writing Multiple Choice Questions

    by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore In a classical multiple choice question, a student should choose a correct answer among several (optimally 5) answers. Multiple choice questions consist of three obligatory parts: 1. the question (“body of the question”) 2. the correct answer (“the key of the question”) 3. several incorrect alternatives (the so called “distracters”) and […]

  • Lechers, Psychos & Frauds: Professors Portrayed In Novels Of The Last Fifty Years

    by Laurie Henry Michael Chabon, “Wonder Boys”, 1995; Jane Smiley, “Moo”, 1995; Don DeLillo, “White Noise”, 1985; Gail Godwin, “The Odd Woman”, 1974; Alison Lurie, “The War Between the Tates”, 1974; John Barth, “The End of the Road”, 1967; Randall Jarrell, “Pictures From an Institution”, 1952; Mary McCarthy, “The Groves of Academe”, 1951 AFTER CREATIVE-WRITING professor Grady Tripp […]

  • In Nigeria Long-Time PT Lecturers Take to the Courts to Demand FT Status

    by Augustine Aminu Fifty lecturers of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology have petitioned the House of Assembly over their non-engagement after spending between 10 and 15 years in the service of the school. They alleged that they were still accorded the status of part-time lecturers by the management of the institution. […]

  • Computer Crash: Academic Freedom Collides with On-line Automation

    by Evelyn Beck Adjuncts are at the heart of a battle brewing on American campuses about academic freedom in on-line teaching. It is becoming increasingly apparent to many that distance education courses which have been designed in whole or in part by full-time faculty are being turned over to part-time instructors who are expected to […]

  • 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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