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Up or OUT

by David Murray Most of us agree that life as a full-time adjunct is no kind of career. The pay is low, benefits are nonexistent, we have no formal job security, and our years of dedicated teaching will not count for anything except more of the same. Every year we do it, the odds of […]

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On Babies

by Oronte Churm Readers of my regular dispatches for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency email me to say, “Oronte, you’re so erudite, so urbane! Your prose sparkles like a gin bottle at the dump! How is it you’re still just an adjunct?” To them, I reply: Nothing like a little hot sauce in the old canker sores, […]

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A review of Teaching Defiance: Stories and Strategies for Activist Educators

by Kristen Kennedy Calls for change—from student attitudes toward the subjects we teach to the conditions under which adjunct faculty labor—are familiar topics around the water cooler in academe. Rarely, though, do our calls come with specific directions for mapping out the means of achieving those desired ends. But two recent books take on the […]

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A review of Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook

by Evelyn Beck While most of the burgeoning number of books about distance education focus on instruction, this text is clearly aimed at students. Its purpose is similar to books like E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success by Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) though Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook […]

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Keith Hoeller: The Fine Art of Tilting at Windmills


by Greg Beatty Any adjunct faculty member knows how hard the adjunct life is. Besides the challenge of living on an income that starts low then fluctuates according to each semester’s enrollment, there’s the anxiety of not knowing if you have a position at all, even if you’ve taught at the school for years. Since […]

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Teaching Students with Disabilities: A How-To Guide for Part-Time Faculty

by Elizabeth J. Carter Professor Judy Juanita knew right away she was teaching a student with a disability when he showed up in her introductory English class with a computer “as big as a piece of luggage.” Recalled Juanita: “[He] made a big deal of using and hooking it up. It couldn’t help but grab […]

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Promoting Interactive Peer Learning in an Online Environment

by Janie Sullivan There are some components of online learning that cause concerns in the world of academia and ivy covered walls. Interactivity between the learners and accountability for the learning are two of those concerns. Accrediting bodies are starting to shift the emphasis from course completion to competency as technology enables more and more […]

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Eulogy of An Adjunct Career

by Adisa Lasesco When I was a young, wild-eyed graduate student at a small Midwestern university, I was given the opportunity to substitute for a professor away at a conference. I stood before thirty young undergraduates I had never seen before and launched into a spontaneous tirade about feminism, homophobia, and conflict theory. Running frenetically […]

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A Fate Worse Than Death: Tips to Take the Terror Out of Giving Presentations

by Roger Seip What’s scarier to most Americans than spiders, heights, or even death? There hasn’t been a horror movie made about it yet, but more than 75 percent of Americans surveyed report that they suffer from “glossophobia,” a debilitating fear of public speaking. Statistically, far more of us claim that we would prefer death […]

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Equal Rights Legislation for Adjunct Professors

by Keith Hoeller Since the 1970s, America�s colleges and universities have been increasing their use of low-wage, low benefit adjunct professors who teach without any job security. Nearly 500,000 now serve as apprentices to nowhere, without any hope of ever becoming masters in the guild of tenured professors. Yet despite the recent push to organize […]

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