Colleagues Abroad

Colleagues Abroad

This issue marks the second time we have looked at the use of part-time faculty in countries other than the United States. The first time, in the May/June 2002 issue, we looked at the use of lecturers in Canada, Italy, Japan and Great Britain. In this issue, we have pieces about temporary faculty in Australia, […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Waiting for the Green I teach at a community college in Iowa. At the end of the Winter Term last year, someone got the idea that we adjuncts could go from eight checks every semester to four. Of course, there’s money to be saved, from using less paper, to fewer hours spent processing our paychecks. […]

Failing Our Students: Moral Integrity and Grade Inflation

Failing Our Students: Moral Integrity and Grade Inflation

by A. Botein-Furrevig, Ph.D. In Garrison Keillor’s mythical town of Lake Wobegon, the men are strong, the women are beautiful, and the children are above average. Judging by college transcripts nowadays, it seems that our children are indeed Wobegonians. Our finest universities admit that an overwhelming percentage of their students are earning…make that “receiving”… A’s. […]

A Review of Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty

A Review of Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty

by Amy O’Loughlin Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty by Richard E. Lyons addresses the needs of adjunct professors and provides how-to strategies to improve one’s teaching effectiveness and course management efficiency. The book targets those of you who have established your part-time teaching careers, and it is intended to be a “book you will carry […]

Resources for Finding Work Abroad

by Melissa Doak Looking for international work can be daunting—and downright frustrating without good resources. Fortunately, there are now many useful guides for job searches in almost any field or discipline in almost any country. However, you won’t find many of these published resources in your local bookstore. Some of the best guides, published by […]

Teaching in Hungary Revitalizes One Adjunct’s Love For the Classroom

Teaching in Hungary Revitalizes One Adjunct’s Love For the Classroom

by Anthony Akers In the Fall of last year, I submitted my last will and testament of my teaching career to the readers of this publication, and my argument was simple: “Working as an adjunct is hell; we all know this; we can’t do much about it, so if you hope for enlightenment and freedom […]

Computer Crash: Academic Freedom Collides with On-line Automation

Computer Crash: Academic Freedom Collides with On-line Automation

by Evelyn Beck Adjuncts are at the heart of a battle brewing on American campuses about academic freedom in on-line teaching. It is becoming increasingly apparent to many that distance education courses which have been designed in whole or in part by full-time faculty are being turned over to part-time instructors who are expected to […]

U-Kansas Regents Pan Plan for Benefit to Adjunct Professors

U-Kansas Regents Pan Plan for Benefit to Adjunct Professors

A Lawrence, Kansas legislator has a proposal to provide health insurance benefits to adjunct professors who teach a full academic load at state universities. Representative Tom Sloan, a Republican and chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, said the panel was “committed to providing appropriate benefits to all those who are employed by state-supported institutions, […]

UC-Davis Lecturers Win in Court

UC-Davis Lecturers Win in Court

More than three years after filing an unfair practice charge against UC Davis, former UC Davis lecturers are seeing progress in their fight against the university’s plan to “re-balance” the number of research faculty and lecturers on campus. An administrative law judge with the state’s Public Employment Relations Board issued a proposed decision in their […]

Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers Settle Contract Dispute

Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers Settle Contract Dispute

Rutgers University’s nearly 1,000 part-time lecturers have approved a new four-year contract with the university. The Rutgers Council of the American Association of University Professors, which represents the lecturers, said Friday that 96 percent of the ballots that were mailed in favored the agreement. “Many talented and hardworking teachers have been waiting a long time […]