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Home » March 30th, 2010 Entries posted on “March, 2010”

Spring Break Is An Oxymoron

This week is Spring Break. Well, sort of. No, it is, but not necessarily for me. It’s break for some schools, some instructors, some kids, but not all of them. One of my colleges is, in fact, on break for the week. I teach two online classes and a face-to-face class there. In the face-to-face […]

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How to Tell if You are Doing a Good Job as an Adjunct Instructor

The freeway flyer needs to pay attention, because positive reinforcement can come from many sources, and often it is from your students.

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If It Isn’t Broken, Don’t Fix It

One of the schools I teach for originally had a canned curriculum from which all instructors taught . The content was good overall and obviously written by professionals.  There were a few assignments that seemed to always cause confusion, but I quickly learned to just expand upon the directions in my weekly introductory post. The […]

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The 13th Grade

This is a blog geared toward adjuncts, and though some of us may be lucky enough to garner courses in our specialty area, the truth is, we are the Sherpas of the academic world – and the bulk of our workload will be made up of Blank 101. If you are teaching introductory courses in your discipline, it is highly likely that you will also face a preponderance of freshmen, so I see this blog as dedicated to the newest of the new on both sides of the podium.

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Email: The Love-Hate Relationship

I love email. I have been using it for over ten years and it has gone from an amusing novelty to one of the most important communication methods I use. While there are some people working in higher education who might say they are not technically inclined, almost everyone is comfortable using email. It has […]

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Function Over Form, Really?

I was out walking with a friend last week and the conversation turned, as it often does, to school. She’d just finished her college-level writing class and was sharing her experiences. She loved her instructor and mostly wanted to express how grateful she was for the terrific job he had done. In his class, the […]

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I Gave Him My Number. Will He Call?

by Jodi Menees I have a friend who teaches online at over 10 institutions and I was shocked when she told me that she does not give out her phone number and does not think online students need access to their instructors that way. I have never thought twice about giving out my phone number. […]

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The Role of Market Correctives

Recently I dipped in to the January 11, 2010 edition of the world’s best magazine, I mean, The New Yorker. There I found “After the Blowup,” an essay by John Cassidy about how the various schools of laissez-faire economics are dealing with—or failing to deal with—recent economic crises. As author of How Markets Fail, Cassidy […]

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Identity Crisis

A basic assumption is that students come to college already provided with the tools to learn, and our job is to communicate discipline-specific information. If you make this assumption the basis for your self-definition, and communicate it from the outset, you will save yourself a lot of grief.

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Death & Dying: A Love Story

Last semester I walked into a class that I had been petitioning to teach since I began at this particular school. It is a class on the dark and brooding subject of death. When I first talked with the department chair about this class, and about how I would bring a completely different perspective to […]

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  • 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 […]

  • Michigan lecturers’ union rallies after top official terminated, claims move was ‘union retaliation’ by University officials

    University of Michigan lecturers rallied in late-April to protest the non-reappointment of one of the Lecturers Employment Organization’s top officials, a move some lecturers are calling retaliation against the union. The group of about 30 lecturers, dressed in yellow LEO T-shirts, gathered in Angell Hall before marching from the English Department’s offices in Angell Hall […]

  • Taking the Show on the Road

    by Susan M. Gorga and Jeffrey J. Mondak IN 1997 AND 1998, we team-taught political science courses at Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The students all had studied English, but their proficiency was varied. We were cognizant of the problems students would have understanding instruction in English, but we were unable to teach in Romanian. To […]

  • 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 […]

  • Developing Adjunct Faculty

    by Richard Lyons AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL leader reading this first Adjunct Advocate column on managing adjunct faculty, your decision-making probably long ago outgrew the cost-savings consideration often cited as the sole advantage of using part-time instructors. You realize as well that part-time instructors also have the potential to: Leverage their rich backgrounds to teach highly specialized courses for […]

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