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Temptation

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by P.D. Lesko THE QUESTION WAS thorny: How could California community college part-time and full-time faculty pay be equalized? The answer was an elegant and simple idea for equity: earmark $57 million dollars every year to be distributed to the state’s 73 community college districts. The district officials would then channel the money directly to […]

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The Constant E-Mail Tutorial

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by Shari Dinkins HI MS. DINKINS. This is Nancy in your English 96 class. I’m just a little confused with the literary analysis essay. What is it that you want us to write about? Are we supposed to summarize the story? Also, for the thesis, I don’t understand how we bring the setting, characters, plot […]

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How to Spot a Dead End Teaching Job

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by Nick Capo I AM STILL in shock. Stunned. Discombobulated. Relieved. This year will be my ninth as an adjunct, but I had a great summer. I feel like I should feel guilty. After eight years at a large eastern research university as a lecturer on part-time, one-year, and multi-year contracts with stints as the […]

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The Newsletter That’s All the Rage: A Review of Women in Higher Education

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by Mark J. Drozdowski SHOULD WOMEN WORKING at colleges and universities be enraged? The editors at Women in Higher Education think so. The mission of this monthly newsletter is “to enlighten, encourage, empower, and engage women on campus to win acceptance of women’s styles and values, improving higher education and society.” Its Web site adds […]

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A Quick Guide to the Web’s Best Grant Writing Resources

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by Mark J. Drozdowski STRIP AWAY MY adjunct teaching status, my highfalutin administrative title and my freelance activities, and I’m basically a grant writer (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’ve been writing grants for more than a dozen years, and in that time I’ve come to appreciate what constitutes good form. When I […]

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Adjunct Faculty at PSU Settle Contract After 10 Month Negotiation

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  IN JANUARY, THE Portland State University Faculty Association (PSUFA) Local 3571 and the PSU administration came to a tentative agreement on a proposed contract. Adjuncts, or part-time professors, have been without a contract since their previous one expired at the end of June 2003. Susan Fuhr, a PSUFA member who sits on the bargaining […]

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Harper College Adjuncts Hold Union Vote

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HARPER COLLEGE’S NEARLY 500 part-time faculty members will hold an organizational vote in March, with two unions vying to represent them. The part-time faculty members are being courted by both the Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600, affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers; and the Illinois Education Association. The election will be held […]

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At SIUE A Push for Two Unions: P/T and F/T

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ILLINOIS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION organizer David Vitoff and instructor Alan Shiller are pushing for SIUE faculty members to form a union for teaching employees. Professors want to put unions on the table at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. David Vitoff, an organizer with the Illinois Education Association, is helping SIUE professors with a card drive for unionization, and […]

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The 50 Percent Solution

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IN JANUARY OF this year, trustees of Southeastern Community College in Iowa learned about a plan to offer incentive pay for retired SCC faculty and staff to return to the college to teach part-time. The college currently employs over 100 part-time faculty on two campuses. No action was taken because cost details were not finalized, but the plan calls […]

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Faculty Union in California Negotiates Less than One percent raise for Part-Time Faculty Members

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LEADERS OF THE United Faculty of Ohlone College, an independent labor union in Fremont, California, recently negotiated a new contract which calls for the college’s more than 250 part-time faculty members to receive a pay raise of 0.97 percent. The adjuncts are represented by the UFO together with the college’s 137 full-time faculty members. The […]

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  • 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 of 3.1 Million Tweets Reveals Top Five Reasons Why College Students Skip Classes

    Class120, a technology designed to help improve student success in higher education, teamed up with the social media analysis company Crimson Hexagon to find out why college students skip class. “Early on in the process of creating Class120, I remember reading a quote from a professor alleging our college students are the only consumers that […]

  • Netiquette Rules

    by Christine Mainka Has it ever happened to you? Your friend or colleague sent you an amusing email. You quickly composed a clever riposte. You clicked “send.” And then you had second thoughts: Oh dear, I forgot that X is a little vulnerable in that area; she might take it up the wrong way; I […]

  • The Lecturer’s Tale

    by Vicki Urquhart What British Lit instructor hasn’t given the assignment to create another Chaucerian tale? In The Lecturer’s Tale, James Hynes has a rollicking good time telling his own bawdy, fantastical, and mysterious tale. Alternately a satire and allegory, this bizarre portrayal of a dysfunctional English department will offend some academicians and amuse others. From […]

  • OurSpace

    by Evelyn Beck On a recent trip chaperoning my college’s honor society, I asked some of the younger students about MySpace, which recently surpassed eBay to become one of the most popular places on the Web. An astonishing 26.7 million users pointed their browsers to www.myspace.com in November 2005, quintupling the number a year earlier. […]

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