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Hanging Out At the NISOD Conference

At the moment, I’m in air-conditioned comfort at the Austin Convention Center. We’re displaying at the NISOD conference. If you’ve not heard of NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development), check out the group’s web site. Yesterday, when the Exhibit Hall opened for a fun Happy Hour, I had the chance to meet several […]

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The Pope and America’s Adjunct Faculty

Let’s be honest; Pope Benedict XVI has little charisma. Whereas John Paul II was the Frank Sinatra of the Vatican, Pope Benedict is more the Joey Bishop of the Papal Ratpack. Be that as it may, the faculty and leaders of America’s 200 Catholic universities answer directly to Rome and His Holiness. Ironically, the 1991 […]

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Community: NBC’s New Show No Laughing Matter

NBC recently announced its Fall line-up includes a show titled “Community.” As NBC execs. describe it, the comedy is about a group of quirky “losers” at fictional Greendale Community College. The four minute promo video will give you a good sense of just what “Community” is all about. It’s predictably silly, but there is some […]

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What’s Cookin’ At AdjunctNation.com?

Maybe you’ve already noticed some of the changes we’ve made to AdjunctNation.com. If not, here’s a quick list of what’s new. When you have a bit of time check out the content: 1.  Greg Beatty blogs on reading & writing. I’ve been working with Greg for several years. So, when I decided that we’d do […]

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Screwing the New Faculty Majority in the Same Old Ways

Did you participate in the New Faculty Majority Day? Did you read about it? The idea for a day when faculty off the tenure-track across the United States come out of the professorial closet, so to speak, originated in California at the University of California AFT. Not so surprisingly, a lecturer at UC-Irvine published an […]

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