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Home » January 30th, 2008 Entries posted on “January, 2008”

The Denial Twist

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Listen to my blog entry here. By now, if you haven’t already heard about it, you must be very busy with grading papers. The “it” to which I am referring is the Preliminary Report from the New York Commission on Higher Education. The United University Professions, (UUP) spent quite a bit of time “urging” New […]

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Hiring Like You Mean It

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Craig Smith over at the AFT published a blog entry recently that talked about making the process for hiring part-time faculty as rigorous as that used when conducting searches for tenure line faculty. Before you scream, hear me out. Right now, part-time faculty are perceived and treated as completely dispensable. Why? Partially, because it’s a […]

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What’s Good for the Goose, is Good for the Junior Lecturer

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I have written several times about the senior lecturers’ strike in Israel. It ended after 90 days. According to this article in the Jerusalem Post The lecturers didn’t get the 25 percent pay raise they demanded, but did land a healthy 15.3 percent raise effective immediately, as well as a “future wage erosion mechanism of […]

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Monday Morning

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Listen to my blog entry here. I spent Sunday morning filing out my tax forms. I actually don’t mind doing it. It’s just that it takes so much time. We use a computerized accounting program for personal finances, and that makes it exponentially easier to gather together the necessary data. I try to envision my […]

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Back at University

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Listen to my blog entry here. When I finished my graduate degree in creative writing, I promised myself I would not be one of those perpetual students. You know the type: they double-majored as undergrads. and hold three graduate degrees in wholly unrelated fields. They just like being students. Graduate school was somewhat harrowing for […]

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Writing to the Other Editors

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Listen to my blog entry here. I just finished reading the November/December 2007 issue of Academe. It is published by the American Association of University Professors for the membership, around 40,000, most of whom are, not so oddly, white, tenure-line and men. Not that AAUP hasn’t been trying to organize part-time faculty. I just think […]

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What’s Up With Pace and NYSUT? WTF?!?

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Call me naive, but I just don’t understand how university officials can be such, well, jerks. I suppose it’s my general faith in the goodness of humans that gets me into this spot every time. I had the same reaction when the president and his posse over at George Washington University did everything except claim […]

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You May Be Right (I May Be Crazy)…

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I spend a lot of my time working on our webpage, several hours each week. It has been my goal over the course of the years to automate as much of the work as possible. That’s why you can sign yourself up to receive the e-Advocate Newsletter, for instance. The weekly email newsletters go out […]

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Israeli Lecturers Dodge a Bullet (For Now)

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I have been writing about the lecturers’ strike in Israel over the course of the past few weeks. The strike, now in its 84th day, is approaching a critical point. On January 14th, an Israeli judge, according to an article in the Jerusalem Post refused to issue a back-to-work order for the striking lecturers. The […]

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Tuesday Morning

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I am feeling much better. Fever’s gone; I actually went out to dinner last night. This morning, I read that the adjuncts at George Washington University had finally nailed down a new contract. It has been a long, long, long, long process for those adjuncts at GW who set out to organize a union at […]

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    By Greg Beatty Sandra Barnes’ On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search is a useful, fascinating, and at times markedly depressing book. Let me address each of the volume’s qualities in turn. The utility of On the Market is unmistakable. No, I’ll go further. I wish I’d been given a copy of […]

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    by Mark J. Drozdowski SHOULD WOMEN WORKING at colleges and universities be enraged? The editors at Women in Higher Education think so. The mission of this monthly newsletter is “to enlighten, encourage, empower, and engage women on campus to win acceptance of women’s styles and values, improving higher education and society.” Its Web site adds […]

  • 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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    by Susan M. Gorga and Jeffrey J. Mondak IN 1997 AND 1998, we team-taught political science courses at Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The students all had studied English, but their proficiency was varied. We were cognizant of the problems students would have understanding instruction in English, but we were unable to teach in Romanian. To […]

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