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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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  • Community College Students Value Internet Access Over Teachers

      By Daniel de Vise Community college students have come to view online education as key to their success above all else, according to a new report billed as the first national survey of students in two-year colleges. Pearson Foundation hired Harris Interactive to survey 1,434 community college students last fall. Here’s the finding that […]

  • 500 American University Part-Timers Consider Joining SEIU

    by Chris Lewis Starting today, adjunct faculty at American University will begin voting on whether or not to join the Service Employees International Union. Supporters say collective bargaining can help improve pay and job security for adjuncts, the academic world’s version of migrant labor. Non-tenure-track faculty are generally paid much less than their tenured counterparts […]

  • Study Concludes Online College Enrollment Growing Exponentially Faster Than Student Population

    by Joe McKendrick More than six million college and university students took at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.  This almost 10 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the less-than-1 percent growth in the overall higher education student population nationwide. These […]

  • Got Copyright? Resources and Information About Fair Use in the Classroom and On-Line

    by P.D. Lesko IN 1842, CHARLES Dickens and his wife, Catherine, traveled to the United States. While trekking cross country, Dickens often spoke in support of an international copyright agreement. The lack of such an agreement enabled printers in the U.S. to publish his books without permission and without paying the Englishman any royalties. This […]

  • UC Lecturers’ New Contract: Higher Salaries But No Job Security

    by John B. DiRossi THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA has reached a tentative agreement with the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) union for a contract extension for lecturers, UC officials announced last week. The agreement, which was announced June 29th and reached after only eight weeks of negotiation, extends the contract for the UC’s 2,500 […]

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