Academic Freedom: Will Adjuncts Ever Have Any?

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 […]

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 […]

InsideHigherEd.com: Adding Some Spice to Higher Ed. Reportage

InsideHigherEd.com: Adding Some Spice to Higher Ed. Reportage

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 […]

A review of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower

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 […]

Ten Timesaving Tips for Part-Time Distance Learning Faculty

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 […]

Eating Well in Academe

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, […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Cheating

Cheating

(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, […]