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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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  • Tweaking Your Textbook On the Fly

    by Mokoto Rich Readers can modify content on the Web, so why not in books? In a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks, Macmillan, one of the five largest publishers of trade books and textbooks, is introducing software called DynamicBooks, which will allow college instructors to edit digital editions of textbooks and customize them for their […]

  • Laptop-itis Hits College Campuses

      A new medical condition is lurking on campus, in coffee shops and even in your own bedroom. Chances are, you’re not immune either. “Laptop-itis” is a term coined by Kevin Carneiro, assistant professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Laptop-itis stems from poor […]

  • Taking a Sabbatical South of the Border: An Adjunct Retreats to Mexico

    Untitled Document by Roy Freedman Upon waking up in Guanajuato, Mexico for the very first time, on January 4, 2008, I planned to connect with my chosen Spanish-language academy (my anchor, so to speak, in a foreign land). My second priority was locating a suitable apartment for the next three-and-a-half months (more on that later). […]

  • Part-Timers at This School Now Get a $1,000 Kill Fee for Cancelled Classes

    A contract between Champlain College and its unionized part-time professors was ratified and released Monday. Champlain adjuncts have been unionized with the Service Employees International Union since last year. The union and the college have been hashing out a contract for months, and after a 10-hour negotiation session that went late into the night Aug. 24 they struck an […]

  • Duquesne U. Appeals Adjuncts Unionization Vote

    Duquesne University adjunct faculty members may have to wait longer to hear results of their vote on whether to unionize and affiliate with the United Steelworkers, pending action on an appeal by the university that could invalidate the whole process. The regional office of the National Labor Relations Board is scheduled to tally the adjuncts’ […]

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