Dedication and the Adjunct

Anyone who thinks—or worse still writes— that part-time and adjunct faculty aren’t committed to their jobs and their students should read about Michael Powelson. This man, who teaches at California State University, exemplifies the dedication of part-time faculty nation-wide. I am left speechless by his efforts to get to his class to administer their midterm […]

Am I Dreaming?

First, President Obama announces to the world that he’s in favor of merit pay for teachers. If you listened hard enough, you could almost hear the audible gasps from Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, and Dennis van Roekel, President of the National Education Association. To be fair, Ms. Weingarten has been […]

Part-Time FacXplotation “Coming to a Boil”

There are a mere 40,800 college faculty in Canada, and 50-60 percent of them work off the tenure-track. According to a piece published in the Calgary Herald, the overuse of scads of perma-temp faculty in Canada is “coming to a boil.” Why? The rapid expansion of public employee unions and the fact that “these professors […]

Things Are Humming Along…For Now

January was a little scary…ok…a lot scary. We watched, more than slightly terrified, as sales dropped and dropped and, well, you get the picture. February, normally a slow month for sales of books, subscriptions and job postings, was a record month in terms of sales. So, here we sit in March, typically not a big […]

I Just Have to Ask

While reading another blog, I saw a reader comment that the lay-offs of adjunct faculty will be the best thing that could ever happen to higher education in a long time. He then falls right into the old myth that most adjuncts are under-employed Ph.D.s (they’re not; the majority of adjuncts hold Master’s degrees). He […]

As The Chickens Come Home to, Well, Obfuscate

Out West where the buffalo roam, the antelope play and the Humvees hum down Highway 101, there’s a slaughter going on. Had anyone bothered to ask me, I would have told you that it was going to happen sooner or later. I actually did, when I wrote about it in November 2008 here. I wrote that […]