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Home » March 1st, 2004 Entries posted on “March, 2004”

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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  • The Barack Obama Book Club

      by Samuel Jacobs With the Obama family vacation just around the corner, we’d like to offer a refresher to anyone who is behind on their Barack Obama reading list. When the president landed in Oaks Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard last August, he loaded his bedside table with 2,333 pages of reading for the week. Of […]

  • How to Ace a Virtual Interview

    by Evelyn Beck First off, to nab an on-line teaching job, you had better know your way around the Internet. “The main thing I look for is somebody who’s got a degree of comfort on-line, who has navigated Web sites, set up e-mail,” says Catherine Flynn, Director of Faculty for the School of Arts & […]

  • 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 […]

  • Why Not Every Student (or Prof) Deserves a Letter of Recommendation

    Jackie Jones is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Multimedia Journalism at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism. In her essay for the Morgan Global Journalism Review, Jones tackles the subject of letters of recommendation. She writes, “My decision about whether to write a recommendation is also guided by the four […]

  • Black Earth and Ivory Tower

    by Zachary Michael Jack, University of South Carolina Press, 2005. 312 pages. reviewed by Kathleen D. Kelsey Reading Black Earth and Ivory Tower reminds me of why I’m an academic and a hobby gardener and not a full-time farmer. In-between reading the 32 expertly written short essays, I pluck redbud seedlings out of my herb […]

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