Sometimes, You Gotta Play Hardball

Well, election day is drawing near, and my bid for a City Council seat on my small town of Ann Arbor, Michigan is drawing to a close. I am knocking on doors, and doing all of the things a good candidate should do, including my homework. It turns out, ironically, that one of the major […]

The Administrator-Adjunct Experience (gag me with a briefcase)

Part of this writing about adjuncts gig includes a little down time in the summer. I am rested, refreshed and ready to blog again. I know the chances are very good that you, gentle readers, are neither rested nor refreshed, but rather fretting over whether you’re going to actually get courses for the Fall term. […]

The Candidate

On June 23rd, I was asked to run for City Council in the town where I live, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Needless to say, I have been busy. However, I have to tell you that this somewhat quixotic run for city office has been immense fun. It has also made me realize that the work I’ve […]

California Dreamin’

For the past week, I have been on holiday with my family in California. Family from Italy is visiting, and we all decided to take a trip to California together. It has been exhausting, exciting, incredible and wonderful. We started in San Francisco, and drove down Highway 1, which borders the Pacific, until we got […]

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 […]

The Administrator-Adjunct Experience—Gag Me With a Briefcase

Deborah Foreman feels your pain. Well, Deborah Foreman feels your pain pseudonymously. That’s not her real name. In a piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Deborah Foreman writes that she is shocked, shocked to find that adjunct faculty are not treated as colleagues at many of the institutions where they ply the boards. Deborah […]

The Top Five Quiz Generators for Online Faculty

  by Heather Johnson Building out quizzes for both traditional and online classes can be a time-consuming chore. Luckily, there are now many online “generators” being designed that take much of the work out of online test taking. If you need to create a simple online test, look to the five user-friendly tools below. Exam […]

University of Windsor Faculty On Strike

Professors at the University of Windsor were on the picket lines in September and October after talks with the administration broke down between the faculty union and administration. Professors carrying red-and-white Windsor University Faculty Association signs began picketing school buildings at 7 a.m. and a rally was held at 9 a.m. Afterwards, striking faculty marched […]

San Antonio College to Halt Use of Waivers That Sliced P/T Pay

No one teaches for the money, but even part-time professors have their limits. Administrators at San Antonio College have asked some adjuncts there to teach more than 12 hours, but to sign a waiver accepting pay for only 11 hours, forgoing their right to a higher pay rate and benefits that kick in at the […]

College & District Settle Contract Dispute

A lengthy labor dispute ended in August at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges after the faculty union and the district reached a salary agreement.Negotiations had stalled for more than a year. In March, faculty members stopped volunteering for campus activities, including advising student clubs and serving on certain committees. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District responded by […]