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

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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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  • Using Instant Messaging Chat to Engage Students On-line

    by Evelyn Beck Unlike many of us who find it distracting when students whisper to one another during class discussions, Alvin Wang encourages such student-to-student “messaging.” Only he does so on-line during live synchronous communication, or chats, with students sending Instant Messages visible only to one another as the larger class discussion carries on. Wang, […]

  • Minnesota Adjuncts Move Toward Unionizing

    Adjunct faculty members at Macalester College have taken the first formal step to form a union, joining a national movement to organize the growing number of temporary instructors in college classrooms. On Thursday, campus organizers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election for temporary faculty members at the St. […]

  • Fresh from DC Successes SEIU Tries to Muscle Into AFT/NEA Territory in Pacific Northwest

    by John Gillie In a case that could set a national precedent, Pacific Lutheran University is taking legal steps this week to block the formation of a union to represent contingent faculty members at the Parkland university. The university, which has held occasional conversations for months with representatives of those temporary faculty members, has filed […]

  • Obama’s New Chief of Staff Forced FT Faculty at NYU To Cross Adjunct Union Picket Lines

    President Barack Obama may have crossed labor unions yet again this week when he named former budget director Jack Lew to be his fourth chief of staff in just three years. News broke last week that Obama had deployed the Coast Guard to protect grain ships from longshoremen union members and occupiers in Washington State, but now a […]

  • Miami-Dade’s Reliance on Large Numbers of Adjuncts Could Endager Its Accreditation

    by Michael Vasquez Is Miami Dade College — the nation’s largest community college — in danger of losing its accreditation following the recent warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools? Almost impossible, according to higher education experts, who cite the school’s strong national reputation coupled with the fact that community colleges are rarely, if […]

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