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Concordia University Union Protests Against $35,000 Stipend

Only a fraction of the $35,000 Concordia University will pay former premier Bernard Landry this semester is for teaching, with the rest covering “other tasks,” like networking and forging links with business leaders and government, Concordia officials said last night. Part-time faculty at Concordia filed a grievance last week protesting against the university’s decision to […]

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The Joys of Being Let Go

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by Laura Yeager I’ve been an adjunct off and on since 1988. I’ve taught part-time English classes in Iowa, Ohio, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. For the most part, I’ve chosen my adjunct lifestyle so that I could have time to do my own freelance writing. I have also taught full-time at two universities. The most classes […]

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A Round-up of the Best Teaching Handbooks

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The Academic’s Handbook

A. Leigh Deneef, Editor Crauford D. Goodwin, Editor Duke University Press, 2007, 416 pages. $24.95 reviewed by Mark Drozdowski When I finished graduate school six years ago, I wasn’t eyeing a traditional career as a faculty member. Had I been, I would have found The Academic’s Handbook quite valuable. This rather meaty volume, now in […]

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Top 10 Non-Academic Jobs for Ph.D.s

by Kevin Tankersley When Melissa Epstein was working on her Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, she fostered aspirations of being a Congressional Fellow or working as a policy maker. Those plans “didn’t work out,” she said, and Ms. Epstein now works on the institutional review board at the Mount Sinai […]

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The Ph.D. Glut Revisited

by Gary North The economist rarely uses the words “glut” and “shortage” without adding: at some price. Other scholars are not equally wise. A free market theory of pricing rests on the supposition that gluts and shortages are temporary phenomena. Prices adjust so as to clear a market. If this does not take place, the […]

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“Oh, Canada”

by Sandy Farran Allison Dube is the kind of professor who greets students by name even though his classes often have more than 100 people. He regularly extends his office hours and provides his home number so students can reach him at any time, and he uses words like “magical,” “joy”, “adventure” and even “love” […]

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Double Bass Blues: A musician-adjunct tackles math

by Jason Heath One would have to be crazy to go into music for the money. Dozens of career paths spring to mind (medicine, law, web development, programming, engineering, etc.) that have great salaries and benefits and ample opportunities for employment. Music careers by and large lack these great benefits. Cream-of-the-crop jobs in the world […]

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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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Setting the Tone for Successful Learning

by Shari Dinkins Years ago, I adopted a dog from a local humane society. At twelve pounds, he was not threatening yet he barked at other dogs, pulled on the leash, and rushed visitors at my door. After investigating several options, I hired a reputable dog trainer to come to my home. I was naive about the training […]

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  • To Be or Not To Be (in a Unified Union Local)

    Ideally, union membership will benefit all members equally. It’s a simple system, in theory: faculty unionize, pay dues, and bargain collectively. Everyone benefits. In practice, however, particularly as the numbers of part-time faculty continue to rise, the mechanics of union representation have become more complicated, even politicized. Full-time faculty, in many instances, compete with part-time […]

  • The Lecturer’s Tale

    by Vicki Urquhart What British Lit instructor hasn’t given the assignment to create another Chaucerian tale? In The Lecturer’s Tale, James Hynes has a rollicking good time telling his own bawdy, fantastical, and mysterious tale. Alternately a satire and allegory, this bizarre portrayal of a dysfunctional English department will offend some academicians and amuse others. From […]

  • Are You A Blogger?

    by Joe Moxley and Terry Beavers Technology is redefining literacy; consequently, we also need to reevaluate how software tools can be used to facilitate writing, communication, and collaboration. We stand at an exciting time in human history, when our modes of expression are being radically transformed. E-mail, word processors, instant messengers, imaging software, wikis, blogs, […]

  • Ban PowerPoint in Lectures? Yes! Here’s Why

    by Bent Meier Sørensen Any university teacher who does not harbor a painful recollection of a failed lecture is a liar. On one such occasion, I felt early on that I had lost the students entirely: those who hadn’t sunk into comatose oblivion were listless and anxious. Ungracefully, I threw myself even deeper into my PowerPoint […]

  • The Newest and Best Search Engine Tools

    by Evelyn Beck YOU MAY NEVER have met Archie, but perhaps you’ve spent some time with Gopher or Jeeves. Looking back through search engine history is a bit like browsing through a little black book. It was 1990 when Archie, the first search engine, premiered. Then came Gopher and then many more, including Excite, Yahoo, […]

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