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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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  • Cell Phones Here. Cell Phone There. Cell Phones Everywhere.

    by Rachel Murphy   Cellular phones have become much more available in the past 20 years, but some colleges have not made a clear decision on specific policies. Hampton University, located in Hampton, VA, conducted a study on cell phone use in college during the 2007 spring semester. Eighty-four undergraduate students were surveyed from HU’s […]

  • The Mentor Is In: At All Times, Be Consistent In the Classroom

    By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA What does consistency mean to you or your work as an adjunct instructor? Is this a measurable quality that should be considered or is it in action state that you can occasionally monitor? These questions can be addressed from the perspective of your students and their experience in the […]

  • Are Apple & Textbook Publishers Colluding on E-Book Pricing? The U.S. Justice Department Thinks So.

    by James Temple The Justice Department has threatened to sue Apple and major publishers in a high-profile case that could reshape the digital-books market, driving down prices but also potentially shifting market power from publishers to e-commerce giant Amazon. The government warned Apple and five major book companies that it intends to file a lawsuit […]

  • Resources for Finding Work Abroad

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL work, whether abroad or in the U.S., can be daunting–and downright frustrating without good resources. Fortunately, there are now many useful guides for job searches in almost any field or discipline in almost any country. However, you won’t find many of these published resources in your local bookstore. Some of […]

  • At Ithaca College Admin and Adjuncts Clash Over Pay & Public Protests

    The union continues to push for more job security for full-time members, and pay parity per credit for part-time members. The last proposal they made on Feb. 24 would increase the college’s budget 0.29 percent over five years, they say, or about $700,000 per year. There are 230 part-time faculty members, that average 19.5 percent of a full-time employee in how much they teach. The faculty union estimates Ithaca College is spending $1,506,960 this year on paying part-time faculty.

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