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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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  • Scientists Share Adjunct Concerns

    by Peter Miller THEY CAN DEFINE pi to fourteen significant figures, easily. Sometimes, they smell like formaldehyde or a newer chemical used to preserve or disassemble life forms. They might greet you as “fellow carbon-based life form.” They’re typically male, and their dress code hasn’t changed since they proudly declared themselves geeks in junior high. Scientists. Academic scientists, in particular. […]

  • A Review of Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers

    Untitled Document by Silvia Foti In today’s real-world, real-time academic climate, in which faculty are expected to teach beyond the textbook so that students can apply their skills outside of the classroom, Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers offers plenty of ideas to nudge or, if necessary, forcefully push students into […]

  • Miami-Dade’s Reliance on Large Numbers of Adjuncts Could Endager Its Accreditation

    by Michael Vasquez Is Miami Dade College — the nation’s largest community college — in danger of losing its accreditation following the recent warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools? Almost impossible, according to higher education experts, who cite the school’s strong national reputation coupled with the fact that community colleges are rarely, if […]

  • Just as Union Contract Set to Expire, GW Prez Announces Push to Cut PTers’ Jobs

    by Janna Paramore It took seven years for the over 1,000 adjunct faculty at George Washington University to force the college’s president to recognize their SEIU-affiliated local. Adjuncts at GW unionized in 2007 against a groundswell of administrative opposition, including a legal battle. Since then, they have negotiated three contracts to raise adjunct salaries by more […]

  • The Before, During & After of a Great Lecture

    The lecture can be an immensely effective tool in the classroom, allowing an instructor to provide an overarching theme that organizes material in an illuminating and interesting way. The instructor must take care, however, to shape the lecture for the specific audience of students who will hear it and to encourage those students to take […]

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