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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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  • Are Apple & Textbook Publishers Colluding on E-Book Pricing? The U.S. Justice Department Thinks So.

    by James Temple The Justice Department has threatened to sue Apple and major publishers in a high-profile case that could reshape the digital-books market, driving down prices but also potentially shifting market power from publishers to e-commerce giant Amazon. The government warned Apple and five major book companies that it intends to file a lawsuit […]

  • Problem-Based Learning

    by Evelyn Beck WHEN DAWN LANGLEY Simmons was born in 1937, the doctors decided she was a male. However, this “boy” was later re-identified as a girl and, according to some accounts, ultimately gave birth to a child. Students in Kim Finer’s human genetics course at Kent State University, Stark Campus, use this real case to learn how gender is […]

  • A Review of Academic Transformation

    Reviewed by Elizabeth Church Ontario needs to create new universities with the sole purpose of teaching undergraduates if it hopes to maintain quality and halt the growing use of part-time faculty and large classes, says a new book on education reform. Unlike other large Canadian provinces, Ontario undergraduates are educated almost exclusively at universities that […]

  • SEIU Wins Vote of Loyola’s 326 Adjunct Faculty—College Officials “Disappointed”

    by Linze Rice Adjunct professors at Loyola University “overwhelmingly” voted in favor to unionize Wednesday at a meeting with the National Labor Relations Board. Of 326 faculty members eligible to vote, 224 did — and 63 percent of those voters agreed to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. “Our victory today represents a […]

  • PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States

    by Carol Biliczky April Freely’s part-time teaching job at the University of Akron ended in May. So she did the previously unthinkable: She filed for unemployment compensation. She’s among a seemingly growing number of part-time faculty in Ohio who are pursuing state aid after spring semester ends and before the fall one begins. The quixotic […]

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