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Home » March 1st, 2007 Entries posted on “March, 2007”

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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  • Adjunct Unions in the World of Catholic Higher Ed

    by Menachem Wecker When Ben Stork applies for full-time teaching jobs, the adjunct film studies professor knows his résumé lands in voluminous piles. “When I’m granted a rejection letter, it almost always comes with the first line, ‘We received between 300 and 500 applications for this position,’ ” he said. “That gives you a sense […]

  • New Study: Who’s NOT Reading Books in America? (The Answer May Surprise You)

    The share of Americans who report not reading any books in the past 12 months is largely unchanged since 2012, but is slightly higher than in 2011, when the Center first began conducting surveys of book-reading habits. That year, 19 percent of adults reported not reading any books.

  • 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 […]

  • Encouraging Students to Write and Read by Creating Comics

    by Bill Zimmerman Want your students to develop their imaginations, as well as a fondness for reading and writing and telling stories? Then encourage them to create their own comic strips. My own love of comics and understanding of their value as a learning tool began when I was a child. Back then, the very […]

  • Minorities Teaching Abroad

    by Jeannie-Barry Sanders I interviewed nineteen minority teachers born and educated in the USA, asking them to discuss the special challenges they faced while teaching abroad. While some minority educators say they found themselves at times having to explain race relations in the United States, and some state that media portrayal of American minorities contributes to a […]

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