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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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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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Roars From Inside the Pride: LEO

by P.D. Lesko In the Land of Titles and Distinctions that is the University of Michigan (and higher education in general), the titles of Painter and Custodian bring more riches to their holders than the title of Lecturer. It’s a through-the-looking-glass scenario worthy of Lewis Caroll, and it’s why lecturers on the University of Michigan’s […]

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Old School Tactics At The New School

by Melissa Doak Decent minimum salary levels. Fair rules governing the assignment of courses. Clear evaluation and observation policies. Compensation for office hours, academic advising, and committee work. Affordable health insurance. An end to limits on the number of courses an adjunct can teach each semester. Sound like an impossible wish list? Part-time faculty at […]

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The Best Made Plans

I didn’t plan for all of the features in this issue to deal with part-time faculty unionization, but sometimes the best plans simply aren’t made—they happen. So it was when I read about the efforts of the part-time faculty at the Community College of Vermont. There, all of the classes are taught by part-timers. The […]

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Letters to the Editor

Everyone Makes Mistakes I thumbed through the gratis copy of your magazine I just received, and I do hope that writer James Ottavio Castagnera (“Everybody Lies,” Adjunct Advocate, January/February 2005) is not an English adjunct. In a two-page article, he managed to use: “she sited as one of her sources….” instead of “cited” “that will […]

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