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The Freeway Flyer Fitness Program

by Susan Mazur-Stommen The term “freeway flyer” doesn’t exactly evoke the image of a marathoner, complete with super-low body mass index, ultra-oxygenation, and rippling abs. In fact, academics in general tend to make people think of pasty little poindexters, pulling on our inhalers. Or else we are seen as paunchy, pompous professors, barely able to […]

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Talk-Talking the Talk-Talk

by S.M. Street A faculty lounge conversation led to a year’s full-time appointment, then another two at a state-university branch where I’d taught as adjunct for several years. When the department underwent a chain of command change, the new Chair was a Joyce scholar. I’d seen him in the halls, but we’d never met. I […]

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Using Instant Messaging Chat to Engage Students On-line

by Evelyn Beck Unlike many of us who find it distracting when students whisper to one another during class discussions, Alvin Wang encourages such student-to-student “messaging.” Only he does so on-line during live synchronous communication, or chats, with students sending Instant Messages visible only to one another as the larger class discussion carries on. Wang, […]

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Prairie State College P/Timers Set to Organize

Part-time instructors at Prairie State College in Illinois said they are confident they will organize into a union. The question is when—and what organization will represent them. A group of about 25 adjunct faculty formed Adjunct Instructors United in May 2004 with the intent of organizing into a union and negotiating a new contract. A […]

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GW Faculty Unionization Still in Limbo

More than six weeks after a vote to form a union of part-time faculty at GW, the results of the election remain unknown as organizers and the University haggle over a handful of disputed ballots. In October, part-time faculty who had taught at least one course in two of the last four semesters cast ballots […]

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In Japan, Limited-Term Faculty Shoulder the Workload

A nationwide survey of foreign professors in Japan reveals that those who do the most work are younger, less experienced teachers either on limited-term or part-time contracts, rather than tenured professors. The survey also found that nearly a third of all such professors are not covered by public pension programs because of either a lack […]

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In Taiwan, Universities Hire Russian Faculty on the Cheap

A Chinese language newspaper recently reported that National Yunlin University of Science of Technology in Taipei was planning to hire Russian professors, by offering them just NT$10,000 ($314.66) per month. In response, a staff member of the university’s human resources department said that the plan was in a preliminary stage and hiring terms have not […]

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NYU Launches Adjunct Faculty Health Insurance Plan

The benefit was an important victory adjuncts won when they hammered out their first-ever contract with the university last spring. Eligible adjuncts enrolled from Nov. 11 to 30, and many adjuncts are calling it a huge step forward in implementing other contract provisions, which included job security, wage increases and university recognition of their union. […]

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Faculty at Chicago Colleges Sacked for Honoring Picket Line

In the wake of last fall’s bitter, three-week strike, administrators at the City Colleges of Chicago are moving to fire as many as 140 part-time and emeritus faculty members who did not teach their classes during the walkout. City Colleges Chancellor Wayne Watson said the part-time faculty members violated a no-strike clause in their contract […]

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At CCV, Something’s Boiling in the Sugar House

by P.D. Lesko Polly Ellerbe, Julie Waters, Heather Luden and Catherine O’Callaghan all teach at the Community College of Vermont. They are not employed in the same department, and prior to 2003 had never met. Today, these four women lead the effort to unionize the over 700 part-time faculty who teach on a dozen campuses […]

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