Home » November 25th, 2008 Entries posted on “November, 2008”


Last Friday, we added an absolutely wonderful podcast interview with Smokey Thomas, President of OPSEU. In the 20 minute interview, Thomas talks at length about the union’s drive to organize all of the part-time faculty in Ontario, Canada. It is an unprecedented effort to organize sessional and part-time faculty, and a drive unequalled by any […]

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CSU Part-timers Bolt En Masse to Tenure-line Jobs

In one breath (at COCAL VIII), CSU union representatives laud the job security clauses in their contracts. Heck, even The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed have both jumped onto the bandwagon where musicians play harps and flutes and CSU union representatives with really long arms pat themselves on the back for negotiating […]

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AAUP Still Steering the Wrong Course

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In the November 14th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education sitting on my desk, the following headline is splashed across the front page: “Use of Part-Time Instructors Tied to Lower Student Success.” I can’t even begin to tell you how disappointed I am. I feel like Jeff Selingo, who edits The Chronicle, is missing […]

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In Defense of “Nameless Bodies,” Fast-Food Faculty” and “Vampires”

Waiting, as you might imagine, is not my strong suit. I can line up, stay on hold, and suffer through all of the other situations in which waiting is required, but I can’t help but imagine life without waiting. Well, I waited impatiently for the new blog format to be implemented. I like it. It’s […]

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Digitizing for Distance Education

contributed by the University of Fairbanks Center for Distance Education Migrating information from paper to electronic form—and being able to access those items in their electronic forms—is a regular concern for both instructor and student in any web-enhanced or web-delivered course. Finding the Right Tools • Office Software. The first and most obvious method is […]

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Precarious Employment and the Struggle for Good Jobs in the University Sector

by Dan Crow Precarious employment is one of the hallmarks of what is euphemistically called “the new economy.” It has deep roots in the university sector. Recent decades have seen a move away from full-time secure jobs for academic workers, toward reliance on part-time, contingent, relatively low wage jobs. As a cost-savings measure, and as […]

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Is Humiliation an Ethically Appropriate Response to Plagiarism?

by Loye Young Editor’s Note: In mid-November, 2008, Loye Young was dismissed from his position as a part-time faculty member at Texas A & M International University. Young had told his students that plagiarism in his course assignments would result in public humiliation in addition to any punishment doled out under the auspices of university […]

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Faculty Bloggers Worldwide on Student Plagiarism

In Pakistan, “Defining Plagiarism” (from “At a recent workshop on plagiarism in Karachi, it was observed that the emphasis should be on creating awareness about the consequences of this unacceptable academic practice rather than going after those who indulge in it. While creating such awareness is no doubt necessary – and we would argue […]

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Tomorrow’s Promises — Why the Kindle Won’t Have a Dramatic Impact on College Course Materials for at least Five Years

by Rob Reynolds There has been significant buzz recently about Amazon’s announced plans to create a special version of its Kindle e-book reader of the college market. However, a Kindle reader for the college market will not have a significant impact on the price of textbooks or course materials for at least five years. [Disclosure: […]

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