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

Letters to the Editor

Why Do I Do It? Good Question After reading Dr. Susan Mazur-Stommen’s article “Why Do I Do it? Good Question” (July/August 2005 Adjunct Advocate), I felt compelled to commend her for an accurate and wonderfully written article about the exploitation of adjunct faculty. I call us “Academic Sharecroppers” for the reasons she eloquently states. Those […]

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A Peek Behind the Door

by Shari Dinkins FOR MOST APPLICANTS, the Hiring Committee is a mysterious entity. What happens behind the closed doors of a conference room on our own campus can affect hundreds of lives. Yet, the details of what is discussed cannot be revealed to candidates. After attending a Hiring Committee orientation at a very large urban […]

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Fluency. Language and Politics

by Nina Shevchuk-Murray LET ME TELL you some things about being a non-native speaker. I know what it means to speak in words that only foggily reflect my true feelings and ideas, to settle for less, because less is better than nothing. I know how to memorize words and start using them. I know that […]

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High Maintenance On-Line Students

by Evelyn Beck BARBARA CHECKS INTO your on-line course regularly, but has not posted anything during the first three weeks. Lee Ann, on the other hand, posts much more than is required. Her posts are long and increasingly personal. She has revealed not only confidential details about a conflict with her last boss, but also […]

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UC Lecturers’ New Contract: Higher Salaries But No Job Security

by John B. DiRossi THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA has reached a tentative agreement with the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) union for a contract extension for lecturers, UC officials announced last week. The agreement, which was announced June 29th and reached after only eight weeks of negotiation, extends the contract for the UC’s 2,500 […]

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At Boise State U Adjuncts Get Paychecks Then Told to Keep Quiet

OVER 90 ADJUNCTS teaching summers courses at Boise State University were told in July their pay would be delayed, since the office responsible for filing employment paperwork missed the deadline to process instructors’ contracts. Some of those affected by the glitch say it showcases a problem every bit as pervasive as the understaffing which caused […]

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P/T Lecturers in UK Fight for Their Rights

FURIOUS PART-TIME LECTURERS at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England, have forced their union to rethink a pay settlement they believe has sold them out. They are now engaged in an acrimonious dispute to oust their union’s officers. The 7,700 associate lecturers are the OU’s public face throughout the United Kingdom, tutoring students and […]

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Harper Board Raises Pay for Part-Timers and Stiff Arms Union

IN JULY, HARPER College trustees approved a 3.7 percent pay raise for the college’s 500 part-time faculty. The raise brings the average salary of an adjunct professor to about $676 per credit hour. However, the pay scale for part-timers could be amended when their union completes contract negotiations with college officials. The last bargaining session […]

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Colorado Part-time Instructors Spotlight Pay & Benefit issues

Students at Metropolitan State College of Denver (Metro) may have noticed some of their professors wearing armbands or stickers when classes resumed August 22nd. A movement is under way to try to organize the more than 710 part-time instructors at Metro around issues of pay, lack of health benefits and other working conditions. The group […]

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Are There Adjuncts in the Social Sciences?

AFTER THE DISCIPLINE of English, the social sciences employ the most temporary faculty, according to a survey conducted by the National Education Association. Part-timers slog away, keeping introductory psychology, sociology, criminal justice and other social science courses staffed. I spent three days in August at the ASA’s Centennial conference waiting for the 5,000 sociologists in […]

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  • A Review of Academic Transformation

    Reviewed by Elizabeth Church Ontario needs to create new universities with the sole purpose of teaching undergraduates if it hopes to maintain quality and halt the growing use of part-time faculty and large classes, says a new book on education reform. Unlike other large Canadian provinces, Ontario undergraduates are educated almost exclusively at universities that […]

  • Lechers, Psychos & Frauds: Professors Portrayed In Novels Of The Last Fifty Years

    by Laurie Henry Michael Chabon, “Wonder Boys”, 1995; Jane Smiley, “Moo”, 1995; Don DeLillo, “White Noise”, 1985; Gail Godwin, “The Odd Woman”, 1974; Alison Lurie, “The War Between the Tates”, 1974; John Barth, “The End of the Road”, 1967; Randall Jarrell, “Pictures From an Institution”, 1952; Mary McCarthy, “The Groves of Academe”, 1951 AFTER CREATIVE-WRITING professor Grady Tripp […]

  • The TKO of Washington State House Bill 5802

    by Brooke Pielli Bill 5802 should have been on the fast track to passage and signing. Fifteen state senators and the American Federation of Teachers sponsored it. According to Keith Hoeller, Washington’s 7,900 part-time faculty would certainly have benefited. Hoeller, is the co-founder of the Washington State Part-Time Faculty Association, and a member of the […]

  • Almost 70 Percent of Classroom Faculty Fear The Growth of Online Learning

    Over six million students are now taking at least one online course, upping the rate of online enrollment to 10 times that of traditional higher education. Yet, while the world is reveling in free online classes, faculty members are frightened by the Internet’s growing popularity, according to a survey by the Babson Survey Research Group. The report, which polled […]

  • La Vida Ecuadoriana: Teaching English in Ecuador.

    by Michael D’Entremont A FEW YEARS ago, I saw a film at the Smithsonian Institute about the Galapagos Islands. When I saw the sea lions and the penguins lumbering and sunning themselves on the volcanic rock, I knew that I would go there someday. In February 2003, I began to ask myself, why not this […]

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