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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 of Teaching the Large College Class: A Guidebook for Instructors with Multitudes

    Review of Teaching the Large College Class: A Guidebook for Instructors with Multitudes by Frank Heppner Jossey-Bass, October 2007. Paperback, $33.00. Reviewed by Greg Beatty Teaching the Large College Class is the single best book on teaching I’ve ever read. In fact, it is so strong that it is somewhat mislabeled, and sells itself somewhat […]

  • Campus Equity Week is Growing Bigger: But is Bigger Better?

    by Chris Cumo Forget the top-down hierarchy. Talk to anyone in the thick of things and you get the same answer: Campus Equity Week (CEW) is a grassroots movement, one with a protean nature that defies easy summation. CEW began in October 2001 (CEW 1) in the U.S. and Canada and will spread this October […]

  • Ph.D. as Minimum Qualification for Academic Staff in Nigerian Universities: A Policy of Self Deception

    by Balarabe Yushau Last year, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Professor Julius Okojie (left) gave a threatening statement to all university lecturers in Nigeria—to the effect that all lecturers must possess a doctoral degree by the year 2009 or lose their jobs (University World News, 30 March 2008, Issue: 0021). Although […]

  • For Sale: English, Cheap.

    by TomBentley What if rulers from a far-off land insisted that all subjects eat an allegedly beneficial imported cheese with a complex, challenging flavor? And what if a good percentage of the subjects were indifferent to eating it, or ate it only reluctantly, or refused to eat it entirely? And what if there were conflicting […]

  • Tax Credits For EVs and Hybrid EVs

    by P.D. Lesko THE 1990 CENSUS estimated that 3.90 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walked to work. A decade later, the 2000 United States Census estimates that only 2.68 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walk to work. In the last decade, slightly more than a million people […]

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