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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

  • Are You A Blogger?

    by Joe Moxley and Terry Beavers Technology is redefining literacy; consequently, we also need to reevaluate how software tools can be used to facilitate writing, communication, and collaboration. We stand at an exciting time in human history, when our modes of expression are being radically transformed. E-mail, word processors, instant messengers, imaging software, wikis, blogs, […]

  • Online Courses Provide Hurricane Relief for Students

    by Evelyn Beck When Burks Oakley logged onto the Web at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31st, and learned that two levees had collapsed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, leaving 80 percent of New Orleans underwater, he sprang into action. First he e-mailed his University of Illinois colleague Ray Schroeder, who had been trying […]

  • Korean Part-Timers Will Get Better Pay & Benefits Thanks to New Legislation

      Part-time lecturers at universities nationwide will be given the same status as the regular teaching staff under a new plan of the Presidential Committee on Social Cohesion, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The plan, announced Monday, now goes to the National Assembly. Their treatment became an issue in June […]

  • John Wiley & Sons Sues Hundreds For Copyright Infringement & Illegal Downloads of Digital Books

    by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest book publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first […]

  • Handling Disruptive Students

    Untitled Document by John McIntosh All behaviors that interfere with teaching and learning in the classroom can be considered to be disruptive. Disruptive behavior can be repeated small actions or a single major event. Here are some strategies for minimizing and coping with behavior that may make instructors feel uneasy, annoyed, or threatened: Know your […]


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