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Ask A Silly Question. Get A Silly Answer.

Here’s the question: Do full-time faculty members help students finish college? Kevin Carey, a Washington, DC think tank director, posed this question on the Chronicle’s Brainstorm blog. He tells the story of a panel discussion that focused on student success. At that panel, Dr. Cary Nelson, pointed out that colleges with the best student completion […]

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Alternative Faculty, Alternative Writing

As the Internet has flooded its way through every aspect of contemporary life, it has changed many things. One of the things net champions claim as a victory is the proliferation of blogs. According to Technorati’s “State of the Blogosphere 2008” (http://technorati.com/blogging/state-of-the-blogosphere/), at that time there were 900,000 blog posts within the previous 24 hours! […]

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A Mistreated Majority? Meybbee. Meybbee Not.

Over at the OK Corral that is  The Chronicle of Higher Education, they’ve printed a commentary by adjunct Deborah Lewis. Lewis offers several solutions to improve the pay, performance and working conditions for adjunct faculty. I like some of her ideas. Much of what she offers up is insane, mind you, but I like original […]

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Institutional Support, Institutional Change

A few weeks ago I commented on how some of the major academic organizations (Modern Language Association [MLA], National Council of Teachers of English [NCTE]) supported adjunct attendance at their conferences, both financially and rhetorically. I decided to return to that topic and contact some of the institutions involved. Since NCTE posted an email address […]

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25 Percent of Adjuncts Get the Boot

At the University of South Carolina, president Harris Pastides has a $39 million dollar budget deficit. That sounds horrifying to those of us with $39 dollars in our savings accounts. However, It’s exactly 4.5 percent of the $866 million dollar 2008-2009 budget for Pastides’s university system. It’s more dramatic to say $39 million dollars, though, […]

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  • Taking a Sabbatical South of the Border: An Adjunct Retreats to Mexico

    Untitled Document by Roy Freedman Upon waking up in Guanajuato, Mexico for the very first time, on January 4, 2008, I planned to connect with my chosen Spanish-language academy (my anchor, so to speak, in a foreign land). My second priority was locating a suitable apartment for the next three-and-a-half months (more on that later). […]

  • #Teaching: Survey Finds Profs Use of Social Media Increasing

    College faculty have evolved their use of social media for professional, personal and instructional use, with a decrease in concerns around the value and amount of time spent using social media, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group. The annual survey of nearly 4,000 teaching faculty from all disciplines in higher education, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Inside Greek U.: Fraternities, Soroities, and the Pursuit of Pleasure, Power, and Prestige

    Untitled Document by Greg Beatty In Inside Greek U. Alan D. DeSantis provides readers with a valuable guidebook to an often alien and confusing reality: the Greek system. Anyone who teaches at a college where fraternities and sororities are active should read it; anyone who wants to better understand how higher education really works will […]

  • Faculty Union at University of Prince Edward Island Wants Longer Contracts for Sessionals

    People hired to teach courses on contract are one of the sticking points in contract talks between the administration at the University of Prince Edward Island and its faculty. The two sides will meet again for the first time since the faculty association asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliator. The faculty association wants […]

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