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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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  • MCC Approves New Adjunct Contract

    The McHenry County College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a new adjunct faculty deal aimed at keeping their part-time employees at the college. The new four-year contract includes salary increases each year, a move designed to attract and retain staff that otherwise may have chosen other community colleges based on pay, according to officials. […]

  • The Reluctant Professor

    by Cynthia L. Corritore, Ph.D. Most faculty in higher education tend to teach the way they were taught—I know this is true for me. And like most of my colleagues today, I have never taken an online course as a student. So when I was asked to put my course online, I felt quite unprepared, […]

  • Legally Armed Students in Your Classrooms: Ready or Not Here They Come

    By Elaine Godfrey A professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin very publicly quitearlier this month in response to a new state law that allows students to bring their handguns into all classrooms and offices — including his 500-person introductory economics lectures. The professor, Daniel Hamermesh, has become a symbol for frustrated faculty […]

  • Turn Ordinary Class Discussions Into Meaningful Interactions

      By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Do your students actively participate in the class discussions? Do you find that your students are engaged in the process of learning because of their interactions with you and the other students? Class discussions have the potential to enhance the learning process when the course materials and topics […]

  • Streaming Audio Lectures

    by Evelyn Beck Presentations you’ve been using in the classroom can be brought to life on-line by adding an audio narrative. “It brings the sense of a lecture,” says Les Howles, a senior consultant for the Department of Learning Technology and Distance Education at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. “One thing often lost in on-line instruction is a sense of place, a personality. Illustrated audio brings […]

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