From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

by Margaret Gutman Klosko To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.—Samuel Butler You are unhappy and you are clueless. You are what the press calls “contingent faculty.” You believe that you will survive your own contingency, and come back […]

Dispatches from Adjunct Faculty at a Large State University: DISPATCH 1 | ON INTRODUCTIONS

Dispatches from Adjunct Faculty at a Large State University: DISPATCH 1 | ON INTRODUCTIONS

by Oronte Churm, an obvious pseudonym My sister gets a bucket load of satisfaction from telling her friends and co-workers that I’m a professor. I’m not, of course. I’m a lecturer, which means I will never hold the title of professor at this university. I’m adjunct faculty: “connected to a larger or more important thing”; […]

Parenting & Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career

Parenting & Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career

reviewed by Silvia Foti Drawn to this book like a hungry baby to a pillow-soft mammary, I found myself unable to latch on to its central message—that mothers teaching full-time in the college classroom are scarce, perhaps because they are disrespected, mistrusted, and unwanted. Divided into three sections—Challenges, Possibilities, and Change—comprising 24 personal reflections of […]

Ruminations on Academic Freedom, Professorial Rant, and the Sublime Virtue of Putting a Sock in It

Ruminations on Academic Freedom, Professorial Rant, and the Sublime Virtue of  Putting a Sock in It

by Elizabeth J. Carter Compare and contrast the following scenes from the Chicago Tribune and CNN.com: March 26, 2003, in the rotunda of Low Library at Columbia University: professors have gathered at an anti-war teach-in to protest U.S. military involvement in Iraq. At some point during the 6-hour event, full-time assistant professor of anthropology, Nicholas […]

P-Fac Passes Contract With Wide Approval

P-Fac Passes Contract With Wide Approval

The union, which represents 74 percent of Columbia’s teaching faculty, approved the new contract after a vote on Jan. 11th. From the 600 ballots mailed out in December, 186 came back. Of those who voted, 180 were in favor of the new contract. Although the number of part-time faculty who voted made up only a […]

Using Humor In The College Classroom To Enhance Teaching Effectiveness

Using Humor In The College Classroom To Enhance Teaching Effectiveness

by Neelam Kher Humor is a valuable teaching tool for establishing a classroom climate conducive to learning. This article identifies opportunities for incorporating humor in the college classroom, reviews the impact of humor on learning outcomes, and suggests guidelines for the appropriate use of humor. Of particular interest is humor in “dread courses” which students […]

Record Payout for Part-Time Lecturer £25,000 Award in Landmark Ruling

Record Payout for Part-Time Lecturer £25,000 Award in Landmark Ruling

A part-time lecturer has won record compensation after claiming she was paid less than her colleagues despite working more hours. Susan Birch-Maxton was awarded £25,000 and given a full-time contract at Leeds Metropolitan University following a three-year legal battle. Her union, NATFHE, said the award was a landmark case that could affect the wages of […]