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Letters to the Editor

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“Eating Well in Academe” To the Editor: When I read your recent report on adjunct pay (“Eating Well in Academe, Adjunct Advocate, July/August 2006), I had to laugh. I live in Texas. I am lucky as a community college teacher to get more than $1,600 per course. $3,000-$7,000?! I could actually make a living on […]

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The Electronic Myth of Sisyphus

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by Doug Mann Our electronic times are out of joint. The bodies and minds of both educators and students have been snatched by the growing wave of virtual culture. Every day thousands of professors, TAs and students wake up to a growing list of email demands imposed on them by friends, colleagues and superiors. Each […]

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An Adjunct in the Real World: Or, Ten Reasons to Leave Your Higher Degree(s) Off Your Résumé

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by Jude Fawley On the second day of my last full-time (temporary) job, my shift manager, “Frank,” pulled up a chair and leaned in close. He wanted to know a little more about me. When I mentioned that I’d taught college for over ten years, he caught me by surprise by asking, “So you have […]

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More Questions than Answers: A Review of Aiding Students, Buying Students and 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Diversity

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by Mark Drozdowski I’m always eager to sink my reviewing teeth into a new book on higher education, yet somehow the prospect of digesting one on the history of financial aid didn’t initially thrill me. While important, financial aid doesn’t rank among the sexiest topics. But Rupert Wilkinson pulls it off with his new book, […]

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A review of The UnCivil University

reviewed by Elizabeth Warren As a child growing up in a small town in the South, I had little knowledge of anti-Semitism. All I knew about Israel came from reading a paperback copy of Leon Uris’s Exodus. While my knowledge has increased over the decades, the novelty of the subject made me approach my reading […]

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“Rapscallions, Scoundrels and Scallywags (aka College Students)”

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  by P.D. Lesko and Elizabeth J. Carter In the January/February 1994 issue of Adjunct Advocate, we interviewed Dr. Donald McCabe, then Founding President of the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI). When we interviewed Dr. McCabe, his Center had just 50 member schools. We talked to him about his groundbreaking research into academic dishonesty among college students. At that […]

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The TKO of Washington State House Bill 5802

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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 […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Collective Bargaining But Were Afraid to Ask

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by Michael Mauer Particularly for private sector workers, both the legal and political obstacles to forming a union have become quite formidable in recent years. As a result, unions increasingly seek to bypass the process set out in labor law for filing for an election with the appropriate government agency. Instead, the strategy is to […]

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Getting the Tap: Securing Continuous Online Work

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by Steven N. Pyser, J.D. Whether from playing varsity football, neighborhood dodge ball, or attending the eighth grade dance with great optimism, we all remember the awkward moment waiting for an affirming tap on the shoulder–the signal one has been selected. Fast-forward the calendar. You are a credentialed, well-qualified and competent online faculty member. You […]

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The Myth of the Stupid American

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by Elizabeth J. Carter In a recent poll taken on the AdjunctNation.com website, we asked our visitors to tell us whether they think anti-intellectualism is on the rise. A startling 86 percent said yes. Our poll format does not allow voters to append their yeas, nays, and maybes with written explanations, but, in this case, […]

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  • Old School Tactics At The New School

    by Melissa Doak Decent minimum salary levels. Fair rules governing the assignment of courses. Clear evaluation and observation policies. Compensation for office hours, academic advising, and committee work. Affordable health insurance. An end to limits on the number of courses an adjunct can teach each semester. Sound like an impossible wish list? Part-time faculty at […]

  • Wither the University’s Soul?

    by Mark Drozdowski Welcome to the new age of Universities, Inc., when knowledge is a commodity to be pack- aged and marketed, professors seek only opportunities for personal financial gain, and institutions sell their brands and intellectual capital to the highest bidders. Unbridled capitalism and the lure of the market economy rule, while the education […]

  • Tribal College Journal

    by Vicki Urquhart The Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education 4 issues per year Institutional subscription: $30 per year; Individual subscription: $22 per year 1 P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 80328 WHEN YOU PICK up a professional journal, you expect it to be worth your time, and Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education (TCJ) […]

  • Roars From Inside the Pride: LEO

    by P.D. Lesko In the Land of Titles and Distinctions that is the University of Michigan (and higher education in general), the titles of Painter and Custodian bring more riches to their holders than the title of Lecturer. It’s a through-the-looking-glass scenario worthy of Lewis Caroll, and it’s why lecturers on the University of Michigan’s […]

  • 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 […]

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