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Home » March 31st, 2009 Entries posted on “March, 2009”

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  • Teaching in Hungary Revitalizes One Adjunct’s Love For the Classroom

    by Anthony Akers In the Fall of last year, I submitted my last will and testament of my teaching career to the readers of this publication, and my argument was simple: “Working as an adjunct is hell; we all know this; we can’t do much about it, so if you hope for enlightenment and freedom […]

  • A review of Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook

    by Evelyn Beck While most of the burgeoning number of books about distance education focus on instruction, this text is clearly aimed at students. Its purpose is similar to books like E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success by Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) though Online Student Skills and Strategies Handbook […]

  • AFT Adopts Standards For P/T Faculty

    by Conrad de Aenlle A highlight of the 2002 AFT convention was adoption of “The Standards of Good Practice in the Employment of Part-time/ Adjunct Faculty: A Blueprint for Raising Standards and Ensuring Financial and Professional Equity.” The report documents the increasing exploitation of part-time and adjunct faculty. Part-timers now teach over 50 percent of […]

  • Distance Education: Getting Started

    by Jo Gibson Adjunct faculty have a wide comfort zone: they prepare lectures, monitor classroom discussion, devise tests, assign grades–no problem! However, even for faculty with wide-ranging professional skills and experience, on-line teaching can be a hard sell. Consider Dr. David Dutton [pseud.], professor and department chair. Aggressively pursuing additional work to supplement his income, […]

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  • To Be or Not To Be (in a Unified Union Local)

    Ideally, union membership will benefit all members equally. It’s a simple system, in theory: faculty unionize, pay dues, and bargain collectively. Everyone benefits. In practice, however, particularly as the numbers of part-time faculty continue to rise, the mechanics of union representation have become more complicated, even politicized. Full-time faculty, in many instances, compete with part-time […]

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