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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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  • A Round-up of Distance Education Journals

    by John D. Edwards AACE JOURNAL (AACEJ) The Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR) is a peer-reviewed, international journal devoted to the theoretical, empirical, and pragmatic understanding of technologies and their impact on primary and secondary pedagogy and policy in primary and secondary (K-12) online and blended environments. American Journal of Distance Education AJDE is […]

  • Seven Tips to be a Successful First-Time Course Developer

    HELP WANTED Position: Distance Education Course Designer Job Description:  Unique opportunity to design higher education courses on distance learning platform.  Benefits include:  (1) strengthening classroom strategies, broadening facilitation skills and improving curriculum vitae, (2) recognition by the Academy and honing subject matter expertise, (3) assignment as “lead instructor” for designed course, and (5) administration reciprocity […]

  • Colleges Are Cutting Budgets: Are Execs & Administrators Taking Their Fair Share of the Pain?

    Colleges and universities are cutting budgets by the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. But what exactly are they cutting — fat or lean? There are two new contributions to the debate, which is more like a shouting match on many campuses. The two key questions: Are the masses of administrators and executives who […]

  • Prairie State College P/Timers Set to Organize

    Part-time instructors at Prairie State College in Illinois said they are confident they will organize into a union. The question is when—and what organization will represent them. A group of about 25 adjunct faculty formed Adjunct Instructors United in May 2004 with the intent of organizing into a union and negotiating a new contract. A […]

  • AFT Adopts Standards For P/T Faculty

    by Conrad de Aenlle A highlight of the 2002 AFT convention was adoption of “The Standards of Good Practice in the Employment of Part-time/ Adjunct Faculty: A Blueprint for Raising Standards and Ensuring Financial and Professional Equity.” The report documents the increasing exploitation of part-time and adjunct faculty. Part-timers now teach over 50 percent of […]

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