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Home » December 29th, 2009 Entries posted on “December, 2009”

Welcome to the new AdjunctNation.com and E-Zine

Times are tough for everyone, and I have spent the past 18 years writing about the issues that impact the nation’s 700,000 faculty off of the tenure-track. When I began in 1992, there were 300,000 part-time faculty. Today, the Department of Education estimates that there are between 400,000 and 500,000 college faculty who hold temporary […]

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Having So Many Contingent Faculty Diminishes the Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning

Before you huff and puff at me, I want to say that it the title of this piece comes from the Executive Director of the Modern Language Association, Rosemary Feal, and not me. She said it to a reporter from the New York Times who wrote a piece on December 18th about the outlook for […]

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Excuses. Excuses.

On the front page of the AdjunctNation.com site, there is a feature called The Daily Excuse. AdjunctNation.com Family members can log in and leave their best student excuses. Those excuses rotate on the front page. I thought it might be fund to post a longer list of the excuses that have been submitted. The names […]

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10 Courses and Counting

College administrators rend their garments and wail about student retention. Turns out, though, fretting over student retention is much like fretting about fried food: No matter the depth of concern over the problem, at the end of the day no one wants to believe that gorging on French fries is unhealthy. I just finished reading […]

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Easy Come. Easy Go.

The session presentation was titled “Optimizing the Use of Part-Time Faculty.” Titles like this make me queasy, because “optimizing” people generally goes well for those doing the optimizing and badly for those who find themselves “optimized.” I was at the NISOD conference in Austin, Texas. It’s the first time I’ve attended (well, exhibited, actually), and […]

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  • Community of Practice–Your Online Portal to Expanding Professional Skills and Expertise

    by Steven N. Pyser, J.D. So just call on me brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you’d understand We all need somebody to lean on…. Bill Withers – “Lean on Me” Whatever your experience as adjunct faculty the moment will come […]

  • Tax Credits For EVs and Hybrid EVs

    by P.D. Lesko THE 1990 CENSUS estimated that 3.90 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walked to work. A decade later, the 2000 United States Census estimates that only 2.68 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walk to work. In the last decade, slightly more than a million people […]

  • Legally Armed Students in Your Classrooms: Ready or Not Here They Come

    By Elaine Godfrey A professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin very publicly quitearlier this month in response to a new state law that allows students to bring their handguns into all classrooms and offices — including his 500-person introductory economics lectures. The professor, Daniel Hamermesh, has become a symbol for frustrated faculty […]

  • Confessions of a MOOC Prof: What I Learned and What I Worry About

    Indeed, despite the large dropout rate, MOOCs certainly end up serving a significant number of students. If the initial enrollment in a MOOC is 40,000 and only 4,000 actually complete the course, that’s still a lot of students compared to a traditional classroom. A professor teaching four courses a year in classes with 30 students each would have to teach for more than 33 years to reach 4,000 students.

  • Seven Tips to be a Successful First-Time Course Developer

    HELP WANTED Position: Distance Education Course Designer Job Description:  Unique opportunity to design higher education courses on distance learning platform.  Benefits include:  (1) strengthening classroom strategies, broadening facilitation skills and improving curriculum vitae, (2) recognition by the Academy and honing subject matter expertise, (3) assignment as “lead instructor” for designed course, and (5) administration reciprocity […]

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