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Home » March 1st, 2006 Entries posted on “March, 2006”

Taping Liberal-Left America

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The fact is, the professor has all the power and institutional support, not the student or the outside critic. The leftist academic’s role of daring dissident taking on the oppressive establishment is a self-serving lie, for he is the establishment.

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From Here to Eternity

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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 […]

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

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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”; […]

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Parenting & Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Essay Grading Software

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by Evelyn Beck As an English teacher who has devoted countless nights and weekends, not to mention my formerly keen eyesight, to grading student papers, I have met the news about essay-grading software with a mixture of joy and unease. Is it really possible, I wondered, that a computer might take over a chore that […]

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P-Fac Passes Contract With Wide Approval

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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 […]

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Using Humor In The College Classroom To Enhance Teaching Effectiveness

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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At Pace, Part-Time Contract Negotiations Continue–Slowly

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The week of January 16th, 2006, Pace University and the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace (UAFP), represented by the New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT), returned to the bargaining table for the 24th time since the fall of 2004 to resume a series of negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement the Union has […]

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  • Taking the Show on the Road

    by Susan M. Gorga and Jeffrey J. Mondak IN 1997 AND 1998, we team-taught political science courses at Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The students all had studied English, but their proficiency was varied. We were cognizant of the problems students would have understanding instruction in English, but we were unable to teach in Romanian. To […]

  • eArmyU Wants You!

    by Evelyn Beck Because most of the students in her on-line algebra class are soldiers, Sharon Davis takes it in stride when someone disappears temporarily. “If they’re going to Afghanistan, there may be a gap in participation,” says Davis, an adjunct math instructor and the director of instructional development at Central Texas College in Killeen. […]

  • Professor As Protagonist: Three Mysteries Set in the Ivory Tower

    by Vicki Urquhart In reality, campus murders are relatively rare; yet, from Harvard to Oxford to the University of New Mexico, there is no shortage of murder mysteries set on college or university campuses. Nor is any field of study excluded from the academic mystery genre. The broad range includes the most likely candidates—criminology and […]

  • On-Line Plagiarism: Fighting the Good Fight

    by Evelyn Beck AS INTERNET RESEARCH becomes the norm and as the number of on-line courses proliferates, more and more faculty and administrators worry about plagiarism. “We have had several cases of cheating involving on-line aspects of courses, including group sharing of quiz questions and answers and students copying others’ homework submitted on-line,” says Jeanne […]

  • 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 […]

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