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Distance Education is Here to Stay

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by P.D. Lesko September is a very busy month for part-time faculty. Some aren’t sure what their final teaching schedules will look like, others have their courses, but need to construct course descriptions and syllabi in record time. There are texts to be selected, course Web pages to be constructed, and supplemental materials to be […]

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Survival of the Fittest (or Most Organized)

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by Shari Dinkins I SIT IN a departmental meeting. To my right is a woman I do not know; she is young, blonde. Sitting to her right is a young man I don’t know; he clutches a pad holder. As the head of my department talks, the young woman scratches notes at a frantic pace. […]

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Got Copyright? Resources and Information About Fair Use in the Classroom and On-Line

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by P.D. Lesko IN 1842, CHARLES Dickens and his wife, Catherine, traveled to the United States. While trekking cross country, Dickens often spoke in support of an international copyright agreement. The lack of such an agreement enabled printers in the U.S. to publish his books without permission and without paying the Englishman any royalties. This […]

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Distance Education On-Line Resource Round-up

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by Melissa Doak REMEMBER THOSE OLD t.v. commercials for correspondence courses? I do. At eleven years old, I was fascinated with all the things I could choose to learn by mail. Why did anyone go to college when they could call a toll-free number for information about how to earn more money and respect than […]

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Land of a Thousand Lesson Plans

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by Evelyn Beck “OF THE PEOPLE, by the people, for the people…” Those famous words from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address referred to the U.S. government. But they might also apply to MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching), an invaluable—and free—resource of over 10,000 Web-based learning materials created and constantly expanded by faculty […]

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University of Cincinnati Lecturers Move Forward in Gaining Recognition for Bargaining Unit

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A GROUP OF part-time teachers at the University of Cincinnati is expected to take another step today toward gaining formal recognition as a bargaining unit. This will be the first time part-time college and university instructors in Ohio have requested the right to negotiate a contract on their behalf. Ohio law does not require universities […]

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SISU Adjuncts Set to Vote For

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NEARLY 16 YEARS after the last union vote, some of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s professors will choose whether to go union this fall. SIUE’s nontenure-track lecturers and instructors will vote Sept. 27-28 whether to allow the Illinois Education Association to represent them in collective bargaining. The IEA already represents the professional and technical staff at […]

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Waiting for The Green: MTSU Part-timers Go From 4 Paychecks to 3

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FOR SOME ADJUNCTS at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), the recent news that they’ll now be paid three times per semester–not the traditional four times per academic term–is causing them to look elsewhere, including online, for work. According to a May 14, 2004, memo issued by MTSU’s Human Resources office, “Due to the academic calendar […]

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Letters to the Editor

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The Chronicle Faces Rough Seas I read with interest Chris Cumo’s article on The Chronicle in your July/August 2004 issue. Several things have changed since Chris interviewed me last November. Our pages of job advertising are up 14 percent since January and our on-line ads are up 60 percent. In other words, our job advertising […]

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From There to Here: Award Winning Adjunct Faculty Discuss Excellence in the Classroom

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by Greg Beatty It’s the start of a new class. You’re about to enter the classroom, but you pause for a moment just outside the door. You have a vision of where you’d like to be at the end of the class. It’s a vision full of practical rewards and the joy of learning—but how […]

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  • Review: Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

    by Vicki Urquhart Who isn’t looking for a better job these days? More than 36 percent of 1,000-plus people polled by the U.K. career consultancy firm Penna Sanders & Sidney said that they spent part of the first day in a new job thinking about how to get a better one (Ragan Report, July 28). […]

  • Precarious Employment and the Struggle for Good Jobs in the University Sector

    by Dan Crow Precarious employment is one of the hallmarks of what is euphemistically called “the new economy.” It has deep roots in the university sector. Recent decades have seen a move away from full-time secure jobs for academic workers, toward reliance on part-time, contingent, relatively low wage jobs. As a cost-savings measure, and as […]

  • A Round-up of the Best Teaching Abroad Blogs

      by Greg Beatty Maybe you’re tired of the job prospects here at home. Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel. Shoot, maybe you’re just restless. You’re scanning the Chronicle and a job opening catches your eye. Where exactly is Tashkent? What would it be like to teach in Turkey—and are the challenges greater than teaching […]

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

    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 […]

  • A Review: They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

    By John Edlund When you assign research papers and other academic writing that uses sources, do you get papers in which it is hard to tell who is saying what? Does the literature review look like a list or a note card dump? Is it hard to tell what the student thinks? Do some students […]

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