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Home » December 24th, 2008 Entries posted on “December, 2008”

Happy Holidays

I want to take a moment and wish everyone Happy Holidays! I’m spending the school break with my family at home. We’re enjoying over 14 inches of snow at the moment by cross-country skiing, sledding, snowboarding (the boys, not me!) and building snow forts.  We’ve already had a Harry Potter-a-thon, during which we watched movies 1-3 in […]

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5,000 Adjuncts in Israel Win BIG

According to a piece published in Haaretz today, the 5,000 adjunct faculty who teach at Israeli universities have won a major battle in their fight for better pay, seniority and job security. Until now, the adjuncts were employed as contract workers and dismissed at the end of each academic year. They had no job security, […]

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Not Our Adjuncts

I just finished doing something I do every Monday (well, every day, really) browsing news pieces about part-time faculty. In particular, I am interested in what college and university administrators are planning to do in the current economic situation with respect to part-time faculty hiring. Will the idled workers around the United States who choose […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey (After Thanksgiving)

The AFT recently came out with a new study that concludes part-time faculty are teaching a majority of the courses offered at public colleges and universities in the U.S. I suppose the surprise, then, has to do with the use of part-time faculty at 4-year institutions. We all know that community colleges have been loaded […]

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  • How Student Motivation Influences Learning

    By Bruce A. Johnson   In my AdjunctNation.com blog, I tackled the issue of student engagement. Motivation directly impacts engagement. When instructors are evaluating students and their involvement in the class, they can assess the time and energy devoted through participation in class discussions and the level of thought put into the assignments submitted. In […]

  • A Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education

    by Mark J. Drozdowski and P.D. Lesko The Chronicle of Higher Education 49 issues per year, Subscription rate: $75 per year; six month subscription $40.50, 1255 Twenty-Third Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 I’VE OFTEN HEARD that admitting one’s vice is the first step toward recovery, so here goes: I’m a higher education junkie. Quite naturally I scan the […]

  • Scientists Share Adjunct Concerns

    by Peter Miller THEY CAN DEFINE pi to fourteen significant figures, easily. Sometimes, they smell like formaldehyde or a newer chemical used to preserve or disassemble life forms. They might greet you as “fellow carbon-based life form.” They’re typically male, and their dress code hasn’t changed since they proudly declared themselves geeks in junior high. Scientists. Academic scientists, in particular. […]

  • High Maintenance On-Line Students

    by Evelyn Beck BARBARA CHECKS INTO your on-line course regularly, but has not posted anything during the first three weeks. Lee Ann, on the other hand, posts much more than is required. Her posts are long and increasingly personal. She has revealed not only confidential details about a conflict with her last boss, but also […]

  • NYU Adjunct Faculty Vote to Strike

    The ACT-UAW Local 7902 — a union made up of adjunct professors from NYU and the New School — has negotiated with and made proposals to the NYU administration for nine months regarding health benefits, equitable pay and compensation, among other grievances. The union recently held a vote to see how many of its members were in favor of authorizing a strike against the university and 94 percent of the union’s 2,500 members voted in favor of the strike.

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  • AdjunctNation Editorial Team: @Jeffr thanks for pointing out the distinction.
  • Jeffr: Note that adjunct faculty are considered to be on a “term” basis and receives no protection except...
  • Scott: I believe Sami is correct in that this no reasonable assurance language will allow adjuncts continuing access...
  • Nancy West-Diangelo: It’s as if we’ve lost the ability to listen critically. If the point of the work we...
  • Freddi-Jo Bruschke: An excellent description of this editorial.