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Home » January 26th, 2009 Entries posted on “January, 2009”

Super Adjunct Set to Debut (Among Other News)

Today, we will welcome our newest blogger, Super Adjunct. For those who have never seen the Super Adjunct cartoons created for Adjunct Advocate by cartoonist Matthew Henry Hall, please check them out online here. Once monthly, Super Adjunct will weigh in about the “adjunct life” with his particular brand of activism. This will be an illustrated […]

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“Parity” versus “Equity”: Why You Should Know the Diff, Bro

Some people I know are under the impression that pay “parity” and pay “equity” mean the same thing. They’re wrong, of course. Those two words are not synonyms. Here’s the definition of pay “parity”: par·i·ty 1 (pr-t) n. pl. par·i·ties 1. Equality, as in amount, status, or value. [Latin parere, to give birth, bring forth; […]

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Why Lyyke de la Cour Earns $14,000 per Course

NYSUT, an AFT/NEA affiliate, organized the 1,000 part-time faculty at Pace University in 2004. I wrote about Pace’s adjunct faculty union and its trials and tribulations here. The bottom line is that it took almost five years between when the union was certified and when the negotiating team hammered out its first contract. Unionists have […]

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I Couldn’t Have Said it Better Myself

You know how I hate just linking to someone else’s writing. It’s, well, so unoriginal. However, in today’s edition of InsideHigherEd.com, Greg Zobel has an essay titled “The Adjuncts’ Mandate.” Zobel writes: “To generate change, adjuncts need to alter one basic condition. Adjuncts need to become more involved with their own destiny. Until adjuncts speak […]

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The MLA & the Radical Caucus

by P.D. Lesko Adjunct Advocate has enjoyed the support of the Modern Language Association for well over a decade. This should come as no surprise, particularly in light of the MLA’s recent study “Education in the Balance: A Report on the Academic Workforce in English.” The upshot of the MLA’s study is that there are […]

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What to Expect in 2009: My Top 10

Well, how’s about I do a little prognosticating? If you have anything to add, as always, feel free to leave a comment. 1.  Overall, the percentage of courses at public universities taught by faculty off the tenure-track will remain virtually unchanged. The total number of faculty employed off the tenure-track may dip slightly. 2.  The […]

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What to Expect in 2009: My Top 10

Well, how’s about I do a little prognosticating? If you have anything to add, as always, feel free to leave a comment. 1.  Overall, the percentage of courses at public universities taught by faculty off the tenure-track will remain virtually unchanged. The total number of faculty employed off the tenure-track may dip slightly. 2.  The […]

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

This issue of the magazine includes some of my favorite profiles and interviews published over the past decade. Often, readers who subscribe are disappointed to find out that they must purchase articles from our archive in order to read them. At the moment, we have close to 600 articles from which to choose. Every one […]

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Giving Students Feedback Effectively

Feedback should be: Timely Supportive Geared toward improvement Focused on the work, not on the person Selective What does the student most need to know in order to improve? What is the student capable of understanding/doing at this time?What will give the student the biggest “pay-off” in terms of improvement? Give more feedback earlier, less […]

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How to Develop a Great FAQ Page for an Online Course

by Rahel Anne Bailie When instructors and course designers create an online course, an accompanying FAQ page is often included as part of the package. While the creators of FAQ pages may feel virtuous about providing contextual information, the effectiveness can’t be confirmed until the other side of the equation has been calculated: Are learners […]

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  • New Research: In Faculty Evals, Students Fall Back on Gender Stereotypes

    by Matthew Reisz French research finds that undergraduates give higher scores to male teachers Research from France offers evidence that “students appear to rate teachers according to gender stereotypes”, with male students giving higher scores to male lecturers. That is the conclusion of a paper by Anne Boring, a postdoctoral researcher at L’Institut d’Études Politiques […]

  • Equal Rights Legislation for Adjunct Professors

    by Keith Hoeller Since the 1970s, America�s colleges and universities have been increasing their use of low-wage, low benefit adjunct professors who teach without any job security. Nearly 500,000 now serve as apprentices to nowhere, without any hope of ever becoming masters in the guild of tenured professors. Yet despite the recent push to organize […]

  • The TKO of Washington State House Bill 5802

    by Brooke Pielli Bill 5802 should have been on the fast track to passage and signing. Fifteen state senators and the American Federation of Teachers sponsored it. According to Keith Hoeller, Washington’s 7,900 part-time faculty would certainly have benefited. Hoeller, is the co-founder of the Washington State Part-Time Faculty Association, and a member of the […]

  • Will 24,000 CSU System Faculty Strike In Support of Job Security for Non-Tenured Faculty?

    by Timothy Sandoval About a dozen Sacramento State University faculty members set up shop near the university library to enlist support and sign up other faculty to authorize a possible strike because of stalled contract negotiations with the chancellor’s office. About 24,000 members of the California Faculty Association across the 23-campus California State University system […]

  • Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

    Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega Earlier this week, I realized that we had passed the mid-semester mark (our semester is uncharacteristically long, 16 weeks of class instead of the traditional 13 that I used to teach in Canada). I thus added a couple of extra slides to my PowerPoint presentation recapping our progress to date and how […]

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