Conflct at the CCCCs

I attended the National Council of Teachers of English CCCC’s conference this past March. Held in San Francisco, the event spanned three days and included, literally, hundreds of sessions, workshops and panel discussions. Before going, I made use of NCTE’s wonderful new online searchable conference program database. I spent about 40 minutes looking for events […]

Academic Freedom For Sale

[private] by Nancy Fioritto Patete I AM, AMONG OTHER things, an adjunct instructor at a community college. Recently, the politics of my job got to me. This happened quite innocently while browsing through my e-mail messages at the beginning of last Spring semester. It included an attachment of an article published in The Chronicle of […]

Adjusting Expectations or This Ain’t High School My Friend

by Shari Dinkins I JUST OVERHEARD two of my students in the hallway. Student A: “Hey, where were you last week?” Student B: “Oh, I had to take care of some stuff.” Student A: “Dude, the essay was due yesterday.” Student B: “I’ll get it in Friday.” Long pause. “I checked with that girl behind […]

Wither the University’s Soul?

by Mark Drozdowski Welcome to the new age of Universities, Inc., when knowledge is a commodity to be pack- aged and marketed, professors seek only opportunities for personal financial gain, and institutions sell their brands and intellectual capital to the highest bidders. Unbridled capitalism and the lure of the market economy rule, while the education […]

20 Time-Saving Tips for Faculty Who Teach Distance Education Courses

Planning ahead, setting limits, and tapping into reusable sources are ways to keep on-line teaching from consuming your life. Here are 20 tips on how to save time in your work as a distance educator: 1. Post all assignments, lectures, calendar entries, and topic discussions at the beginning of the course. Though this means a […]

NYU Stiffs Adjuncts

EVEN THOUGH THE adjuncts union is slowly gaining ground at NYU, its officials are charging the university with not fully complying with the contract signed last May, including not providing enough office space, union dues or information about adjunct employees. The union and the NYU administration reached an agreement 10 months ago after nearly two […]

The Unchanging Face of the Ivy League

YALE GRADUATE EMPLOYEES and Students Organization (GESO) released a report in March stating that discrimination has kept women and minorities out of high-level positions in Ivy League schools, and specifically identifying University President Lawrence H. Summers’s “combative tenure” as one issue that has furthered such discrimination. According to GESO—which failed in its attempts to organize […]

ACT-UAW Local 7902: Golden Egg or San Andreas Fault?

  by Andrew Brownstein In April of last year, Solo Dowuona-Hammond raised his hand and made the motion for thousands of adjuncts at New York University to accept their first-ever contract with the administration. Though far from perfect, the contract brought immediate benefits: Some professor’s salaries jumped from $20 to $50 an hour; adjunct faculty […]

Breaking Into Textbook Publishing: The Field is More Level Than You Think

Breaking Into Textbook Publishing: The Field is More Level Than You Think

by Brian Cole Academic publishing. One might think the entire system has broken down. The Internet is filled with articles and Weblogs (blogs) that bemoan the fact that quality scholarship often goes unpublished. With 44,000-plus newly-minted Ph.D.s each year, many of whom invade campuses to try to climb the tenure ladder, the competition to have […]