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Academic Freedom: Will Adjuncts Ever Have Any?


  by John Peter Daly For several weeks last summer, students, professors, and staff at Warren County Community College, where I was teaching as an adjunct, participated in “Freedom Week” activities. The main event was to be a pro-war rally. Imagine walking into the lobby at work and coming face-to-face with the glorification of the […]

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Dispatches from Adjunct Faculty: On Comp. Copies

by Oronte Churm, an obvious pseudonym AT HINTERLAND UNIVERSITY, there are three ways to come by examination or desk copies of textbooks. The first is to email our textbook reps., who are unfailingly polite and prompt in filling requests. The second is to attend one of the “book fairs” that take place monthly in the […]

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by Mark Drozdowski When you want news and views on higher education, where do you turn? Well, yes, of course you pick up the Adjunct Advocate. But for many in this field, The Chronicle of Higher Education represents the gold standard, the journal of record, the “bible.” Most industry folks I know refer to it […]

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A review of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower


reviewed by Silvia Foti For those who are skeptical of any one book’s ability to help adjuncts organize to improve their working conditions in higher education, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower may provide hope. While author Joe Berry doesn’t promise an easy path, he provides a reliable map and points out obstacles that adjuncts might meet […]

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Ten Timesaving Tips for Part-Time Distance Learning Faculty


by Steven N. Pyser, JD Many educational institutions are offering distance education as an instructional option. Job opportunities for adjunct faculty are said to be growing; yet, some faculty are reluctant to venture online because of concerns about perceived preparation and time requirements. These timesaving tips are grounded in sound educational practice and organized around […]

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Eating Well in Academe


In an era when college tuition increases outpace the rate of inflation and universities continue to rely heavily on the part-time professors who routinely make up 40 percent or more of their collective faculties, it’s alarming, if not surprising, to discover that the ten top-earning presidents of our public universities are raking in, on average, […]

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In (and Out of) New Orleans, Part-Time Faculty Struggle to Rebuild Careers and Lives


When Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans on August 29, 2005, it damaged not only the city and the campuses of its 11 accredited, non-profit four- and two-year universities, but also the careers of their part-time faculty, who numbered more than 1,300. Almost a year after the disaster, part-timers who survived the hurricane are still […]

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High Noone: Dr. Laura Palmer Noone Leaves the University of Phoenix


On May 1, 2006, Apollo Group, Inc., the parent corporation of the University of Phoenix, announced the resignation of its president, Dr. Laura Palmer Noone, who has been with the university since 1987 and served as its president since 2000. Although Dr. Palmer Noone is scheduled to step down from her post in July, she […]

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Gumming the Hand that Feeds You: Academic Policy Statements

by Elizabeth J. Carter A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.—Mohandas Gandhi The policy statements of academic associations such as the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Modern Language Association (MLA) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA) have […]

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(Note: This piece contains examples of bold-faced and unapologetic plagiarism. If that kind of thing bothers you, stop here.) Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. It appears, as of late, that higher education is one very unhappy family. What with scandals ranging from rape allegations at Duke, […]

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From the Archive

  • The TKO of Washington State House Bill 5802

    by Brooke Pielli Bill 5802 should have been on the fast track to passage and signing. Fifteen state senators and the American Federation of Teachers sponsored it. According to Keith Hoeller, Washington’s 7,900 part-time faculty would certainly have benefited. Hoeller, is the co-founder of the Washington State Part-Time Faculty Association, and a member of the […]

  • Literary Agents: A Writer’s Introduction

    by Janice Albert IF GOOD LITERARY agents are hard to find, a good guide to agents is just as elusive. Fledgling writers have had little choice but to consult R.R. Bowker’s Literary Market Place, or an assortment of industry magazines. But John F. Baker, the vice-president and editorial director of Publisher’s Weekly, came out with […]

  • Duquesne U. Appeals Adjuncts Unionization Vote

    Duquesne University adjunct faculty members may have to wait longer to hear results of their vote on whether to unionize and affiliate with the United Steelworkers, pending action on an appeal by the university that could invalidate the whole process. The regional office of the National Labor Relations Board is scheduled to tally the adjuncts’ […]

  • Fresh from DC Successes SEIU Tries to Muscle Into AFT/NEA Territory in Pacific Northwest

    by John Gillie In a case that could set a national precedent, Pacific Lutheran University is taking legal steps this week to block the formation of a union to represent contingent faculty members at the Parkland university. The university, which has held occasional conversations for months with representatives of those temporary faculty members, has filed […]

  • Getting to Know ED

    by Mark Drozdowski IT’S OFFICIALLY KNOWN as the U.S. Department of Education, but it prefersthe simple moniker “Ed.” Recently I visited Ed’s on-line pad,>, to see what he has to offer. After all, I pay Ed’s salary. Those unfamiliar with Ed might think he’s a bit stuffy, but he’s actually rather approachable. To be sure, Ed sometimes […]


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