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Letter From the Editor

In December 2007, the Yardly Consulting Group delivered its strategic assessment of graduate programs at the University of Idaho to university president Timothy P. White. According to a letter from White to the college’s faculty, the whopping 400+ page report was to be viewed “as a catalyst for discussion about and the implementation of improvement […]

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Letters to the Editor

Equal Rights Legislation for Adjuncts To the Editor: I enjoyed Keith Hoeller’s article “Equal Rights Legislation for Adjunct Professors” online (Adjunct Advocate, January/February 2007). I work as an adjunct faculty member for three different colleges. To make ends meet I get what I can in contracts. One school, Central Texas College has actually cut back […]

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What the *#@% is an Adjunctocracy? (or Karl Marx, Margaret Spellings, and Myself Do a Little Dance, Make a Little Love, Get Down Tonight . . . I mean, Reinvent The Future of Higher Ed.)

by Matthew Henry Hall As Karl Marx once said, “Keep the baby, but when you chuck the bath water, toss out that nasty old bathtub too.” Okay, Karl Marx never said that, but it does, metaphorically at least, get at my first overarching point. Higher Education doesn’t need just a few policy changes; it needs […]

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Why are 90 Percent of College Faculty Still White?

by Pauline E. Kayes A few years ago, Harvard University announced a $50-million initiative in May to make faculty more diverse. Three months later, Columbia University followed suit, pledging $15 million to “jump start a new recruitment campaign and to accelerate other ongoing efforts to diversify faculty.” Those are two high-profile commitments, but in the […]

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On Competition

by Laura Yeager The same part-timer has won “Adjunct of the Year” two years in a row. He’s good, but you know you’re just as good as he is. He has the edge because he wears a clean, pressed shirt and a tie every day. He looks efficient, capable and smart. You wear peasant skirts […]

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Student Anti-Intellectualism and the Dumbing Down of the University

by Paul Trout “‘Why are colleges trying to force this stuff down our throats and trying to make us think when our minds and opinions are already formed?’” A T-shirt sold at Duke University proudly announces, “You can lead me to college, but you can’t make me think.” A student website offering term papers for […]

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Quick Hits for Educating Citizens

Quick Hits for Educating Citizens by James L. Perry and Steven G. Jones, Indiana University Press, 2006. 192 pages. reviewed by Silvia Foti In today’s real-world, real-time academic climate, in which faculty are expected to teach beyond the textbook so that students can apply their skills outside of the classroom, Quick Hits for Educating Citizens: […]

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An Interview with Dr. Dan Jacoby


Interviewed by P.D. Lesko Please tell us a little about yourself professionally. Well, I’m an economist who has had the fortune of working in an interdisciplinary studies program for the past 17 years. Over that time, I have been able to teach and conduct research related to my twin interests in education and labor. My […]

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Affirmative Action Grading Crime Scenes

by Nicholas Stix When people think of criminals, they usually conjure up images of street muggers, carjackers, and stock swindlers. They need to add to that rogues’ gallery, images of college presidents, English Department chairmen, and professors.

For today’s typical university is increasingly a criminal enterprise, which routinely violates the civil rights of students and employees […]

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Community of Practice–Your Online Portal to Expanding Professional Skills and Expertise

by Steven N. Pyser, J.D. So just call on me brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you’d understand We all need somebody to lean on…. Bill Withers – “Lean on Me” Whatever your experience as adjunct faculty the moment will come […]

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