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

Letters to the Editor

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What’s Mine is Mine and What’s Yours is Mine   To the Editor: Greetings. Thank you for publishing Paul Collins’s “What’s Mine Is Mine, and What’s Yours Is Mine” essay in the most recent edition of your magazine (Adjunct Advocate, March/April 2006).  As an online instructor who also spends a fair bit of time as a […]

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Teaching Abroad at Home

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by Matthew Henry Hall In the drugstore, Mahito, a tall young guy, an exchange student, held up the box of Midol. “Good for headache?” he asked. “Sure,” I said. I wasn’t thinking and later corrected my mistake. With, I still hope, no harm done. I’d been rattled that day. I’d taken a group of fourteen […]

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Acting Up in Syracuse

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  by Meg Gutman Klosko When her children or grandchildren would act up, my mother-in-law used to say that it is children who cause mental illness in their parents and not vice versa. Those of us who are parents or who have taken on parental roles—camp counselor or teacher—understand what she was talking about. Sometimes […]

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Dispatches from Adjunct Faculty at a Large State University: On Tenacity

by Oronte Churm, an obvious pseudonym Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’pigeon. One night in Hanoi, before official U.S. rapprochement with Vietnam, Frenchy and I were in the Piano Restaurant and Bar awaiting the house special—Roasted Pigeon With Five Tastes. Frenchy wanted the dish, he said, because he didn’t think they could do it. We […]

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Colleagues Abroad

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This issue marks the third time the Adjunct Advocate has devoted an entire issue` to the theme of “colleagues abroad.” Our first “colleagues abroad” issue was published in May/June 2002. Two years later, in our November/December 2004 issue, we again examined the use of part-time faculty at colleges and universities outside of the United States. […]

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A Round-up of the Best Teaching Abroad Blogs

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  by Greg Beatty Maybe you’re tired of the job prospects here at home. Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel. Shoot, maybe you’re just restless. You’re scanning the Chronicle and a job opening catches your eye. Where exactly is Tashkent? What would it be like to teach in Turkey—and are the challenges greater than teaching […]

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The Best American Travel Writing 2005

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by Jeffrey M. Freedman Travel writing serves the indispensable need to transport readers, through vivid description and narratives, to foreign locales that they have either not been able to visit, or are preparing to visit and want to know more about. Generic travel books appeal to the traveling herd, the voyagers who just want to […]

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Best Wishes: The Story of an Ever-So-Polite Union Takeover

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by P.D. Lesko and Augusta Wilson In the United States, part-time faculty represented within unified union locals (union affiliates that represent and bargain on behalf of both full-time and part-time faculty) frequently come up on the short end of the stick when it comes to negotiated pay raises. In the August 16, 2005 issue of […]

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Japan’s “Full-Time Part-Time” Instructors

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by Alice Grodenker Hinako Matsumura teaches constitutional law in Japan. Or at least she tries. Her employment conditions as a part-time university lecturer are so poor that it’s virtually impossible to do a proper job of it. Unable to secure a full-time position, Matsumura has cobbled together a career teaching part-time at six different universities […]

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Out of Africa: Brain Drain

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by P.D. Lesko and Ann Brucklacher The over reliance on part-time faculty at colleges and universities is a truly global phenomenon. In North America, more than 60 percent of college faculty hold temporary appointments. In South America, the percentage, according to higher education researcher Dr. Philip Altbach, is also near 60 percent. In Africa, according […]

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  • Confessions of a MOOC Prof: What I Learned and What I Worry About

    Indeed, despite the large dropout rate, MOOCs certainly end up serving a significant number of students. If the initial enrollment in a MOOC is 40,000 and only 4,000 actually complete the course, that’s still a lot of students compared to a traditional classroom. A professor teaching four courses a year in classes with 30 students each would have to teach for more than 33 years to reach 4,000 students.

  • Equal Rights Legislation for Adjunct Professors

    by Keith Hoeller Since the 1970s, America�s colleges and universities have been increasing their use of low-wage, low benefit adjunct professors who teach without any job security. Nearly 500,000 now serve as apprentices to nowhere, without any hope of ever becoming masters in the guild of tenured professors. Yet despite the recent push to organize […]

  • USC Provost Promises Adjuncts Better Working Conditions; SEIU Files Complaint

    by James Song The Los Angeles Times is reporting that union officials alleged on Feb. 9 that USC officials interfered with attempts to organize non-tenure-track faculty by promising them better working conditions and implying that employees would lose rights if they unionized. Faculty at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the oldest school at USC, voted […]

  • Union Fights Cuts To FT Faculty Overload Pay That College Prez Wants To Give to PTers

    By Joe Piasecki Faculty and administrators are at an impasse as Pasadena City College seeks to forge a new teacher contract to replace one that expired in June. The administration’s proposal would limit the earning potential of veteran instructors and switch to a trimester system. PCC President Mark Rocha said the changes would make classes […]

  • Community of Practice–Your Online Portal to Expanding Professional Skills and Expertise

    by Steven N. Pyser, J.D. So just call on me brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you’d understand We all need somebody to lean on…. Bill Withers – “Lean on Me” Whatever your experience as adjunct faculty the moment will come […]

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