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Home » November 1st, 2006 Entries posted on “November, 2006”

Going Broke, But Teaching Economics

by Don Rich His life as an adjunct collapsed with bitter irony one day when his dean called him into his office to tell him that a colleague had caught him sleeping in the faculty lounge. The dean dressed him down viciously, and then, despite his always having done as he was told and taught everywhere asked, cut […]

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The Local Bar An Office Option for the Adjunct

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by Matthew Henry Hall Beyond having to pay for drinks, the biggest problem with doing one’s grading at a bar is maintaining proper focus. At a lively bar, overly-libated patrons bustle and bluster about, bumping into you, or worse, wanting to strike up a conversation. “I used to write poetry!” His collar looks like a […]

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The Two-Body Problem: Duel-Career Couple Hiring Practices in Higher Education

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by Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Susan B. Twombly and Suzanne Rice The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2006. 196pp. $23.50 by Jessica Demovski WANTED: Academic couple seeks two tenure-track positions at major university in metropolitan area. While an ideal state for many academics, the opportunities that fit these requirements are few and far between. Yet, according to […]

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Community College Faculty: At Work in the New Economy

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by John S. Levin, Susan Kater and Richard L. Wagoner Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2006. 299 pp. $23.50 reviewed by Mark J. Drozdowski I’ve never worked or taught at a community college. After reading this book, I don’t want to. Community college faculty, it turns out, are oppressed, though they may not know it. That’s essentially the conclusion of […]

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Opting Off the Tenure-Track: Why Some Faculty Choose a Different Path

by Kristen Kennedy Recent figures put the number of contingent faculty working in colleges and universities at 65 percent of the 1.3 million faculty currently teaching in the United States. We generally read this number as an indicator of where we are in that part of the dance called the corporate turn in higher education. And every major […]

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OurSpace

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by Evelyn Beck On a recent trip chaperoning my college’s honor society, I asked some of the younger students about MySpace, which recently surpassed eBay to become one of the most popular places on the Web. An astonishing 26.7 million users pointed their browsers to www.myspace.com in November 2005, quintupling the number a year earlier. The students I talked to are […]

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The Wal-Martization of Higher Education

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by Oronte Churm Sam Walton—huckster, billionaire, icon of the self-made movement—is proof that a representative democracy with a market economy permits class movement if you sell enough discounted panties. The late Walton’s embarrassment of riches was amassed, of course, by providing the appearance of prosperity to the masses, a cornucopia of goods at apparently affordable […]

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Not Quite 101 Ways to Learning Students’ Names

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by Michael Palmer Building rapport with your students goes a long way toward developing a positive classroom dynamic and facilitating the students’ overall learning experience. One of the simplest ways to begin connecting with your students is to learn their names. What follows is a compilation of some tricks, strategies, and activities which will help […]

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Heartland part-timers recently landed a four-year contract

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Part-time teachers at Heartland Community College will get raises of 3.5 percent to 4 percent in coming years. The college’s trustees voted unanimously in October to approve the contract with the adjunct faculty union. “I think it’s a good contract,” said Heartland President Jon Astroth, who also was pleased with the contract’s length. “Four years—I […]

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Three Unions Fight Over 1000 P/Timers

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In California, one part-time faculty has decided to break away from their current union to achieve quality pay, healthcare benefits, and adequate representation on their own. That decision has created a lot of attention. United Faculty (UF) has represented Grossmont College in El Cajon and Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego since the 1970s, but […]

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  • 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 […]

  • A Review of: Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson

    reviewed by Jay Mathews STONES INTO SCHOOLS Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan By Greg Mortenson Viking. 420 pp. $26.95 Greg Mortenson’s first book, Three Cups of Tea, was a gravity-defying, wide-screen, wilderness adventure. It began with the author’s failed attempt to climb the world’s second-highest mountain. It included a daring […]

  • Innocents Abroad

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders CAREER DECISIONS CAN be a hassle, and if you are at a crossroads in your decision making or just want to gain some extra experience, an international internship just might be the answer. An internship provides an opportunity to travel abroad, examine career options, and to be of service. They can be […]

  • New Hampshire Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

    The State Employees’ Association announced Monday that adjunct faculty members at Plymouth State University have voted to form a bargaining unit affiliated with the association. The N.H. Public Employee Labor Relations Board reported to vote in favor of the union as 60 to 43. The vote allows the S.E.A. to represent adjunct (part-time, temporary) faculty […]

  • Canadian Part-Timers Seek Union Rights

    by Pauline Tama An English teacher at Algonquin College is leading Ontario’s 17,000 part-time and temporary college workers in a fight to win the same rights as their full-time unionized colleagues. Roger Couvrette is expected to meet with Universities and Colleges Minister Chris Bentley next week to demand the Ontario government repeal a law that […]

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