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Home » October 21st, 2009 Entries posted on “October, 2009”

Experiencing One School’s Commitment

Whew! I’m exhausted. Ahem. Let me start again. Like many adjuncts, I teach for more than one school. These schools vary in their commitment to, and treatment of, their adjunct faculty, as well as to the quality of instruction they provide. Yesterday, one of those I got a chance to take part in efforts by […]

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Celebrating the Adjunct Writer

Whew! After last week’s despair fest, I figure my loyal readers deserve a reminder of how much adjunct writers contribute to their communities. Adjuncts at USC have won Pulitzers (William Inge, Paul Zindel, and A. Scott Berg) and Oscars (Harry Brown, Marc Norman, Edmund North, Robert Pirosh, and Frank Tarloff). They’ve won the National Medal […]

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What Makes Me Real?

When I was in graduate school I was pulled towards two different realities. On one hand, the faculty encouraged scholarship. More than once I was essentially told that to be a real academic, I had to publish. In some cases, I was told this quite explicitly and literally. In other cases, it was communicated through […]

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  • Paper Cuts

    by Sylvia M. Gross The college textbook is on track to becoming a relic of the paper-and-ink era. On campuses around the country, professors and students are selecting digital versions of books that can be read off of a computer screen. Most college students are used to going online for music, videos and news — […]

  • USC Provost Promises Adjuncts Better Working Conditions; SEIU Files Complaint

    by James Song The Los Angeles Times is reporting that union officials alleged on Feb. 9 that USC officials interfered with attempts to organize non-tenure-track faculty by promising them better working conditions and implying that employees would lose rights if they unionized. Faculty at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the oldest school at USC, voted […]

  • Twitter in Higher Education: More than 30 Percent of Faculty Say They Tweet

    Results are in from the Faculty Focus survey on Twitter usage and trends among college faculty. The survey of approximately 2,000 higher education professionals found that nearly one-third (30.7 percent) of the 1,958 respondents say they use Twitter in some capacity. More than half, (56.4 percent) say they’ve never used Twitter. The findings, available in […]

  • A Review of How the University Works

    reviewed by P.D. Lesko How the University Works is the first book of a writer who truly believes he has something important to share about what he perceives as the increasingly corporate nature of higher education. His audience is the choir, and he preaches up a storm. Author Marc Bousquet is an associate professor of […]

  • Definition of Crazy? FTer Gives Up Teaching Job For Life As An “Entrepreneurial Journalist” and Adjunct

    by Laurie White Other things you might miss once they’re not there anymore include paid sick leave, paid time off, and a chunk of a bi-weekly paycheck I took for granted for a very long time. Like many idealistic people who dare to dream of occupational change at mid-life, I let these things go on […]

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