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

Up and Coming

by P.D. Lesko IN THIS ISSUE, you’ll notice a couple of editorial changes. First, we’ve added a new regular feature called “In the Classroom.” There, readers will find information, tips and suggestions directly related to their teaching. The debut column deals with crafting final examinations. The interesting aspect of the column, I believe, stems from […]

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Readers Ask. The Adjunct Advisor Answers.

by the Adjunct Advisor Students Failing to Cite Sources As part of the course requirements for a Ceramics I class, the students had to complete a brief (approx. 500 words) research paper on a historic ceramic time/culture, such as Ancient Greece, Africa, Italian Renaissance, etc. On the first day of class in January they were […]

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Designing Final Exams

Teachers should design finals to be culminating learning experiences. In an important book (Assessing Student Performance: Exploring the Purpose and Limits of Testing, Jossey-Bass, 1999.) on student assessment (and academic ethics), Grant Wiggins claims that many of the reasons students focus on grades (and get involved in cheating) is because assessments depend on secrecy more […]

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How I Do What I Do

by J. Baxter I ANTICIPATE AND APPRECIATE the Adjunct Advocate and eagerly peruse its pages. To many of us here the magazine is analogous to a broadcast of “Radio Free America.” But I feel I inhabit the last enclave that will be liberated by Allied forces, pocketed in what, logically, should not be occupied territory, […]

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The Newest and Best Search Engine Tools

by Evelyn Beck YOU MAY NEVER have met Archie, but perhaps you’ve spent some time with Gopher or Jeeves. Looking back through search engine history is a bit like browsing through a little black book. It was 1990 when Archie, the first search engine, premiered. Then came Gopher and then many more, including Excite, Yahoo, […]

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VP Vote Contested at NYU

AFTER A CONTENTIOUS election last March, the president of the NYU/New School University adjuncts union resigned this fall, creating a new dispute over the vice president’s claim to the vacant position. Joel Schlemowitz, the former first vice president of Local 7902, accepted the presidency after Ward Regan, a former adjunct professor at NYU, stepped down […]

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Vermont College Fires Union Organizer and Wins in Court

THE VERMONT SUPREME Court has ruled that the University of Vermont did nothing wrong when it failed to reappoint a professor that had strong ties to the school’s newly formed faculty union. Dawn Saunders taught economics as a visiting professor at UVM from 1995 to the spring of 2003. She was active in organizing the […]

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Part-Timers Driving Up Cost of Textbooks?

IT’S NO SURPRISE to hear that the costs of a college education are always increasing. Given the misguided priorities in Washington and in state capitols, students, parents and even the government are having to shoulder ever more of the burden of higher education. What is more surprising, and substantially less defensible, is the skyrocketing price […]

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Religious Studies P/Timer Sues BCC

IN 12 YEARS of teaching religion part-time at Broward Community College, James W. Johnson prided himself on approaching the sensitive subject objectively. But the college does not, Johnson said in a lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court in September. Johnson says BCC’s philosophy and religion department favors evangelical Protestant professors, textbooks and perspectives, using […]

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Adjuncts at Harper College Sign First Union Contract

TRUSTEES AT HARPER COLLEGE recently approved the school’s first contract for part-time faculty, which includes a 5.7 percent pay raise. The part-time teachers at the community college in Palatine will earn an average of $753 per credit hour taught each semester. The contract, which was approved in September, expires next year. The college has about […]

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  • Adjunct Critical of Union’s Refusal to Cooperate With Police on Embezzlement of Dues Urges PTers to Boycott Union

    by P.D. Lesko In Washington State, the AFT and NEA have a virtual lock on the organization of higher education faculty. At Green River Community College (GRCC) in Auburn, Washington, the faculty are represented by a singular AFT-NEA joint affiliate. Kathryn Re teaches mathematics at Green River Community College, and in 2011 helped co-found an […]

  • Adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle voted against union
  • Print vs. Digital Books? The Majority of Americans Still Favor Print

    by Andrew Perrin A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats. Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number […]

  • Getting to Know ED

    by Mark Drozdowski IT’S OFFICIALLY KNOWN as the U.S. Department of Education, but it prefersthe simple moniker “Ed.” Recently I visited Ed’s on-line pad, http://www.ed.gov>, to see what he has to offer. After all, I pay Ed’s salary. Those unfamiliar with Ed might think he’s a bit stuffy, but he’s actually rather approachable. To be sure, Ed sometimes […]

  • Promoting Interactive Peer Learning in an Online Environment

    by Janie Sullivan There are some components of online learning that cause concerns in the world of academia and ivy covered walls. Interactivity between the learners and accountability for the learning are two of those concerns. Accrediting bodies are starting to shift the emphasis from course completion to competency as technology enables more and more […]

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