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Home » November 30th, 2009 Entries posted on “November, 2009”

Considering Surveys

This week I’d like to touch on a two surveys related to adjuncts (and writing). The first is a recent survey done by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s dated October 18, 2009, and it reviews data gathered from April through July of the same year. Robin Wilson’s article discussing the survey is careful to […]

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Just You Wait Henry Higgins!

by P.D. Lesko Eliza Doolittle sputters in response to yet another petty humiliation: “Just you wait, Henry Higgins!” As the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold. To whit, I have heard faculty off the tenure-track pinpoint the exact day when that meal will be served. It’s the day when students, parents, voters, […]

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How Do You Write Productively (Installment 1)?

This week I thought I’d shift gears a bit. Assuming that the folks who read this blog write, or want to write, I thought I’d share a bit on writing productively…and what it means for an adjunct. Assume that you have established a solid mastery of your field, and that you want to contribute to […]

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A Science Writing Star: Interview With Marcia Bartusiak

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The New Faculty Majority

In September, there were pieces in The Chronicle (http://chronicle.com/article/An-Activist-Adjunct-Shoulde/48348/) and on InsideHigherEd.com (http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/09/10/maisto) about the New Faculty Majority. September, it seems, is the time of year when people’s thoughts turn to adjunct faculty and what should, could, would be done to address the “adjunct problem.” This past September, we read about the New Faculty Majority, […]

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My Lazy American Students

by Kara Miller first published in The Boston Globe, 12/21/09 It was the kind of student conference I hate. “I’ll do better,’’ my student told me, leaning forward in his chair. “I know I’ve gotten behind this semester, but I’m going to turn things around. Would it be OK if I finished all my uncompleted […]

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Civil Rights Commission Blunders Again

by Mona Charen first published in the National Review. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission (yes, it’s still around, and yes, it’s outlived its usefulness) is about to subtract from national wisdom about college admissions by focusing on exactly the wrong problem. The commission has undertaken an inquiry to determine whether colleges may be discriminating against […]

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New Data Reveals Sky-High Default Rates at Career Colleges

by Stephen Burd A day after the U.S. Department of Education released three-year cohort default rates for federal student loans, for-profit college leaders and lobbyists are breathing a sigh of relief. Apparently their investors are too, judging by the rise in some of the education companies’ stock prices yesterday. While the news was certainly not […]

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At Citrus College Adjuncts Bear Brunt of Budget Cuts

The California state budget crisis is likely to get worse before it can get better. When the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its five-year fiscal forecast for California in late November, it was anything but good news. The LAO projects that the governor faces a $21 billion deficit. With reduction in revenues, required repayments to […]

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At CSUS 75 Percent of Part-Timers Lose Jobs

California State University, Stanislaus students staged a massive walkout in December to protest the loss of Winter Term, cuts to classes and professors, and what many termed as the “poor leadership” of President Hamid Shirvani. Approximately 300 students left classes to rally in the CSU Stanislaus quad for more than an hour. Students and some […]

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  • While Adjunct Activists Criticize Unified Locals, Temple U. PTers Vote to Join FT Faculty Union

    Philadelphia Magazine reported on Dec. 2 that the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board “tallied secret ballots cast by adjunct faculty at Temple in an election earlier this fall, and those faculty are now represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals, the union that previously represented only full-time faculty.” Adjuncts at Temple had protested in favor […]

  • A Review of: The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

    A review by Jerry A. Coyne Richard Dawkins’s new collection of delectable prose, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, is less an anthology of set pieces than a treasury: a series of short titbits designed to pique the reader’s appetite, helping him to decide which science writers to investigate more deeply. It enables you […]

  • A review of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower

    reviewed by Silvia Foti For those who are skeptical of any one book’s ability to help adjuncts organize to improve their working conditions in higher education, Reclaiming the Ivory Tower may provide hope. While author Joe Berry doesn’t promise an easy path, he provides a reliable map and points out obstacles that adjuncts might meet […]

  • Developing Adjunct Faculty Part 2

    by Richard Lyons AS DISCUSSED IN my last column, employing adjunct instructors provides our institutions many benefits beyond reducing overall instructional costs. These include enriching our curricula with real-world perspectives, offering highly specialized courses for increasingly demanding students, cultivating linkages to community resources, and providing staffing flexibility. As any critical resource does, however, adjunct faculty […]

  • A Round-up of the Best Books on College Teaching

    by Linda B. Nilson We can’t keep up with our own discipline’s research, so how are we supposed to stay abreast of the college teaching literature? Let me make it a little easier for you. Here are six recently published books that capture what I think are the latest and most important developments and trends […]

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