Distance Education is Here to Stay

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 […]

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

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 […]

Land of a Thousand Lesson Plans

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 […]

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

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 […]

SISU Adjuncts Set to Vote For

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]