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Home » February 26th, 2010 Entries posted on “February, 2010”

The Frequent Flyer Law and Guilty Secrets

The Boy Scouts of America have a motto that simply says “Be prepared.” There is an adage called “Murphy’s Law” that says “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” If you put this motto and adage together and give it a slightly new twist, you have the Frequent Flyer Law: Be prepared, because anything […]

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Competency versus Mastery: Are You Inflating Grades?

Since we have a grading system that sets C in the middle, as the median, then we need to start treating C as the norm it truly is.

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More Than One Way to Skin a Cat…

A lot of us laboring in the academic salt mines of adjunctdom tend to just keep grinding on, either content with our lot or hoping things will improve on their own. The identity of teacher/professor can be almost hermetically sealed, or close enough that we forget there are options, even options that will allow us […]

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How Many Online Courses Is Too Many?

What is the maximum course load that an online instructor should undertake? Does the fact that a person can work at home provide the increased energy and stamina to teach more classes than a face-to-face adjunct? Is there a set saturation point when teaching effectiveness is diminished in the online environment?  I believe there is, […]

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Email Overload

How many times have you logged into your college mail accounts only to be overwhelmed by an avalanche of information, and then to realize that none of it pertains to your life as an adjunct? Last week, my husband and I were grading student work and prepping for upcoming classes in our home office. I […]

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Where Am I Again?

This morning I was standing in an urban classroom teaching the political ramifications of death for Westerners as viewed through a Japanese lens. In a few hours, I will be teaching college-level writing at a high school (this is a satellite location for a different college) in what is lovingly referred to by residents as […]

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Getting Your Students To Crack Their Books

We can make a difference in how much a student commits to our course, regardless of subject, and that the way to do so begins with the first day of class.

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Keeping a Sense of Humor: Yes, You Can (and must)

The early weeks of a new semester can be a challenge to smile through when an instructor is on a different campus or college each day. At one college, the books for a new class are coming in to the bookstore, but seemingly, only three at a time. At another college, the parking pass is […]

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Yes, I Really Am Working

Teaching online can provide a great deal of flexibility in a workday.  You can teach anywhere and anytime; all you need is a computer and an Internet connection.  Many online adjunct faculty find the flexibility to be one of the biggest benefits of the job, and some are willing to accept lower pay in exchange […]

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Managing Communications

For an adjunct, one of the biggest hassles can be managing diverse avenues of communication at multiple schools.

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  • Trigger Warnings: Are We Asking Too Much of Faculty and Too Little of Students?

    Professors say college students need to keep an open mind about disturbing or unfamiliar academic material. by Joseph Williams Proponents say they’re creating safe spaces for sexual assault victims, combat veterans, or other college students who have experienced trauma or violence. Experts say they’re well intentioned but doing more harm than good, working against the very […]

  • The Before, During & After of a Great Lecture

    The lecture can be an immensely effective tool in the classroom, allowing an instructor to provide an overarching theme that organizes material in an illuminating and interesting way. The instructor must take care, however, to shape the lecture for the specific audience of students who will hear it and to encourage those students to take […]

  • Prairie State College P/Timers Set to Organize

    Part-time instructors at Prairie State College in Illinois said they are confident they will organize into a union. The question is when—and what organization will represent them. A group of about 25 adjunct faculty formed Adjunct Instructors United in May 2004 with the intent of organizing into a union and negotiating a new contract. A […]

  • Speak So Your Students Can Speak

    by Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP One of the most important skills a person can develop for success in a career is to speak well publicly. As an educator, you have a variety of ways of teaching this life skill, no matter what your subject matter or expertise. Of primary importance is for you to […]

  • OurSpace

    by Evelyn Beck On a recent trip chaperoning my college’s honor society, I asked some of the younger students about MySpace, which recently surpassed eBay to become one of the most popular places on the Web. An astonishing 26.7 million users pointed their browsers to www.myspace.com in November 2005, quintupling the number a year earlier. The students I talked to are […]

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