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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 TEFL in Hong Kong is an Uphill Struggle

    The teachers are comfortable with the lack of pressure for results and the easy pace of the curriculum, and they also accept quite happily that the majority of students can’t wait to leave the school at the end of every day instead of staying behind for one of the many club activities that other schools are so busy with.

  • Tomorrow’s Promises — Why the Kindle Won’t Have a Dramatic Impact on College Course Materials for at least Five Years

    by Rob Reynolds There has been significant buzz recently about Amazon’s announced plans to create a special version of its Kindle e-book reader of the college market. However, a Kindle reader for the college market will not have a significant impact on the price of textbooks or course materials for at least five years. [Disclosure: […]

  • The Mentor Is In: Teaching and Supporting Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    by Steven Volk Planning a route, getting gas and changing a flat tire don’t sound challenging to most young adults, but for students on the autism spectrum at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, it was one of the greatest tests of their independence. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of developmental disabilities […]

  • Teaching Students with Disabilities: A How-To Guide for Part-Time Faculty

    by Elizabeth J. Carter Professor Judy Juanita knew right away she was teaching a student with a disability when he showed up in her introductory English class with a computer “as big as a piece of luggage.” Recalled Juanita: “[He] made a big deal of using and hooking it up. It couldn’t help but grab […]

  • Improve Your On-Line Course With A Virtual Field trip

    by Evelyn Beck To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., the Franklin Institute used its museum website to help high school students discover the thrill of science and engineering. As part of a competition, students studied historical weather patterns for the area, learned the 12 different steps involved […]

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