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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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  • A Tale of Greed and Gluttony: The California Part-Time Faculty Equity Fund Boondoggle

    by Chris Cumo and P.D. Lesko Since 2001, thanks to the Part-Time Faculty Equity Pay Law, legislators in California have, yearly, earmarked $57 million dollars in tax money to go toward pay increases for the state’s 35,740 part-time faculty. Prior to the passage of the Part-Time Faculty Equity Pay Law, a typical part-timer teaching four […]

  • CCollegeJobs.com

    by Chris Cumo and P.D. Lesko DIANN SCHINDLER-ENDER, the founder of CCollegeJobs.com, did not plan to become an on-line entrepreneur. An adjunct and then an assistant professor at Lorain County Community College in Ohio, and an administrator at community colleges in the Midwest, she rose to become president of Minneapolis Community College, in Minnesota. Then […]

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  • SEIU Uses Organizing Strategy Developed in DC To Organize Boston’s PTers

    by Mariah Quinn “We said yes.” That was the consensus of a group of over 100 adjunct professors after a day of panels and discussions about organizing contingent faculty in the Boston metro area to raise standards for their profession. The event was held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Saturday, and […]

  • OurSpace

    by Evelyn Beck On a recent trip chaperoning my college’s honor society, I asked some of the younger students about MySpace, which recently surpassed eBay to become one of the most popular places on the Web. An astonishing 26.7 million users pointed their browsers to www.myspace.com in November 2005, quintupling the number a year earlier. The students I talked to are […]

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