Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

A Tale of Gluttony and Greed in California I was so angry and frustrated after I read the May/June 2004 cover story that I could have spit nails. Millions and million and millions of dollars of part-time faculty equity pay given over to full-time faculty in California. Can someone tell me why this doesn’t make […]

Lecturer Captures Professor of the Years Award at Tufts University

Lecturer Captures Professor of the Years Award at Tufts University

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate presented its annual TCU Professor of the Year award to American Studies lecturer Jean Wu in June. Wu received her award in a ceremony in the Remis Sculpture Court on Friday. About 50 of Wu’s students and colleagues were in attendance. The award is given annually by the Senate’s […]

Michigan Lecturers Agree to New Contract

Michigan Lecturers Agree to New Contract

A union of lecturers and adjunct faculty reached an agreement with the University of Michigan on higher salaries and new guarantees on job security. “We didn’t get everything we were looking for, but we think we got a very good first contract in a very difficult budget year,” Bonnie Halloran, president of the Lecturers Employee […]

Higher Ed. Publishing and Rough Seas

Higher Ed. Publishing and Rough Seas

by P.D. Lesko In this issue of the magazine, we take a look at The Chronicle of Higher Education. The newspaper, which has been covering higher education since the 60s, has undergone some changes recently. What prompted the inquiry is the fact that I really love statistics and numbers. Every year, I receive media kits […]

The Third Point

The Third Point

by Shari Dinkins “It gives the student a third point,” my full-time colleague says. I nod. “So that you are not the target.” Ah, yes, I nod again. I am tired of being the target. At times, students view me as the obstacle to their academic success. When I would open up my grade book […]

The Chronicle of Higher Education Battles Rough Seas

The Chronicle of Higher Education  Battles Rough Seas

by Chris Cumo An essay in the The Chronicle of Higher Education can draw responses from readers throughout the U.S., Canada, France and Italy. Forget the nation-state and guys like Locke and Hobbes who wrote learned treatises about it. The Chronicle has no use for anything as parochial and antiquated as a country, but instead […]

Tips for Creating a Syllabus That Will Keep You and Your Course On Track

Tips for Creating a Syllabus That Will Keep You and Your Course On Track

by Ann Brucklacher Remember all that training you had on writing a syllabus? No? If you’re like most instructors, you probably never had any. But does that matter, you may ask. It’s just a syllabus, a glorified course calendar. You learned what to do by, perhaps, swapping syllabi with colleagues or looking through sample syllabi […]

Improve Your On-Line Course With A Virtual Field trip

Improve Your On-Line Course With A Virtual Field trip

by Evelyn Beck To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., the Franklin Institute used its museum website to help high school students discover the thrill of science and engineering. As part of a competition, students studied historical weather patterns for the area, learned the 12 different steps involved […]

A Trio of Handbooks for Adjunct Faculty

A Trio of Handbooks for Adjunct Faculty

  “I don’t want to see the file full of letters you’ve gotten from students telling you how much they liked your class. I have this same file too. Give me something instead that shows me how much they learned in your class. Give me the graded student essay that shows me how creative you […]

Surfing America’s Great Libraries

Surfing America’s Great Libraries

by Mark J. Drozdowski America is blessed with some of the world’s great libraries. And nowadays, thanks to advances in technology, many of them have catalogued their collections on-line, giving teachers and scholars access to vast arrays of information. But just how useful are these top libraries’ Web sites? To answer that question, I took […]