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Home » May 29th, 2008 Entries posted on “May, 2008”

Working the Phones

Listen to my blog entry here. I have this disconcerting habit of answering the phone in a way that makes people think they have reached an answering machine. It’s somewhat embarrassing. “Good afternoon, this is the Adjunct Advocate and Part-Time Press.” Invariably, there is a pause on the other end of the line. After a […]

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Mazel Tov!

Junior or external (temporary) lecturers in Israel, of whom I have written about here, in January 2008, and here are celebrating this week. In May, Israel’s 5,000 temporary lecturers began a series of revolving work stoppages to protest their low pay, lack of job security and benefits. The lecturers, who belong to a union that […]

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When Will We Learn?

Today, at InsideHigherEd.com, and on the AFT Face Talk blog, we have the makings of a bona fide tizzy. Ms. Margaret West lost her job as a part-time faculty member after 21 years of employment at Edmonds Community College in Washington State. Take a deep breath, and let’s unbunch our collective bloomers for a moment. […]

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Memorial Day

I want to wish a thoughtful and reflective Memorial Day to all of the Adjunct Advocate’s readers, and all of the visitors who come and use the resources at AdjunctNation.com. Memorial Day was established in 1866 as “Decoration Day”—to honor the dead of the Civil War by decorating their graves. After World War I, it […]

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Putting Your Mouth Where Your Money Is

In Adjunct Advocate’s May/June 2006 “Colleagues Abroad” issue there was a piece about part-time and contract faculty in India. The piece, titled “The Three Dollar Professor: Teaching Ad Hoc in India,” was an eye-opening first-time look at the use of part-time faculty in India. The higher education system in India is only slightly smaller than […]

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Denouement in CA: Force People to Pay? Why Not Inspire Them Instead?

Mark Miller is the President of the part-time faculty union at Allan Hancock College, in California. I recently read a piece he wrote titled “In Defense of Unions,” about talking to a member of his unit who rang him up to express her opposition to union leaders having negotiated what is called an “agency fee.” […]

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I’m Flattered (I Think)

Listen to my blog entry here. Just a couple of hours after posting my blog piece that mentions selling Adjunct Advocate, over at the American Federation of Teachers Craig Smith had this to say. Well, kind of this to say. He offers my blog posting without comment. Then, he asks his readers to guess who […]

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Spring Brings Change

This has been a very busy Springtime for me. Anyone who lives in a northern climate can tell you that when the weather changes from snow, sleet and ice, to warm breezes, sun and gentle rains, it’s tough to keep your nose to the grindstone. This past winter, my part of the state of Michigan […]

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A Cheeky Plea For Faculty Unity

If you haven’t noticed from my past entries that I like a bit of cheekiness (well, maybe even a lot of cheekiness), then you’re not reading my entries closely enough. Failure to read closely is the kind of thing that can you into serious trouble. Like when you email to your student: “I want that […]

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Competing Head-to-Head, or the Tarnished Dozen at NYU

Congratulations to the adjunct faculty at NYU who won Outstanding Teaching Awards last week. The Outstanding Teaching Award is a sub-category of NYU’s “Golden Dozen,” competition. The Golden Dozen awards are given out by the College of Arts and Sciences and, according to this article in the NYU News, “recognize tenured professors, clinical faculty and […]

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  • InsideHigherEd.com: Adding Some Spice to Higher Ed. Reportage

    by Mark Drozdowski When you want news and views on higher education, where do you turn? Well, yes, of course you pick up the Adjunct Advocate. But for many in this field, The Chronicle of Higher Education represents the gold standard, the journal of record, the “bible.” Most industry folks I know refer to it […]

  • Don’t Poke Me: Professors’ Privacy In The Age Of Facebook

      By Rich Russell Before seeing the new movie The Social Network this past weekend, I first read the article on co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in The New Yorker. His own Facebook profile is quoted in the piece: “I am trying to make the world a more open place.” But an open world does not necessarily […]

  • 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 […]

  • Part-Timers At Duquesne Unionize With the United Steelworkers

    Six other universities in the greater Pittsburgh area have contacted the United Steelworkers to help them form unions for their adjunct instructors in the past several months, according to USW representative Jeff Cech. The USW will not release the names of the other universities Cech said. Duquesne liberal arts adjunct instructors have been meeting with USW since March of last year to help them […]

  • Cloud Computing Research Tools — Free Resources For Faculty

    by G. Andrew Page Twenty-first Century research is increasingly becoming reliant on information and communication technologies to address systemic and distinct educational problems through greater communication, interaction, and inquiry. Research is an interactive inquiry process. In many instances this involves interaction with people. We also interact with technology and through technology to improve our educational […]

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