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Home » May 1st, 2005 Entries posted on “May, 2005”

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 […]

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Academic Freedom For Sale

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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

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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 […]

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  • A review of Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook

    by Evelyn Beck While most of the burgeoning number of books about distance education focus on instruction, this text is clearly aimed at students. Its purpose is similar to books like E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success by Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) though Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook […]

  • Fresh from DC Successes SEIU Tries to Muscle Into AFT/NEA Territory in Pacific Northwest

    by John Gillie In a case that could set a national precedent, Pacific Lutheran University is taking legal steps this week to block the formation of a union to represent contingent faculty members at the Parkland university. The university, which has held occasional conversations for months with representatives of those temporary faculty members, has filed […]

  • A Review Teaching Tips (10th Edition)

    by Janice Albert EVERYTHING ABOUT “Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers” (Houghton Mifflin, 10th edition), by Dr. Wilbert McKeachie, suggests that it was originally intended for the beginning college-level teacher or teaching assistant. Now in its tenth edition, “Teaching Tips” is not so much one book as an anthology written by seven authors. The overall plan […]

  • Mainstream Media and Higher Education News Reporting

    by P.D. Lesko For those who work within the field of higher education in the United States, finding industry-related news can be a chore. Of course, there is The Chronicle of Higher Education. The weekly newspaper strives to examine higher education with the detail of an electron microscope. Don’t get me wrong, I (and evidently […]

  • A Review of: Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson

    reviewed by Jay Mathews STONES INTO SCHOOLS Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan By Greg Mortenson Viking. 420 pp. $26.95 Greg Mortenson’s first book, Three Cups of Tea, was a gravity-defying, wide-screen, wilderness adventure. It began with the author’s failed attempt to climb the world’s second-highest mountain. It included a daring […]

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