Graphic
Home » May 31st, 2010 Entries posted on “May, 2010”

Guilty!

My recent posts have ranged over publications and interviews; it seems time to bring this back to me for an embarrassing confession: the common criticisms of adjunct faculty are becoming true about me. That is to say, I’ve heard it said/seen it written that adjuncts don’t stay current in their field the way that tenure […]

Posted in Negotiating the Paradox: Adjuncts & Writing | Read More »

Clean up In Aisle Five

I have to believe that taking control of the classroom environment provides a slightly saner, better learning environment for students, and a pleasanter workspace for myself.

Posted in The Mentor Is In | Read More »

Lore to Kairos (and the envelope please…)

I recently wrote about wordriver (and my ambivalence regarding it). This week I’d like to touch on a markedly different publication, Kairos. Kairos is subtitled “A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.” They’ve been around for more than a decade, which means they were publishing about the intersection of computers and rhetoric back in the […]

Posted in Negotiating the Paradox: Adjuncts & Writing | Read More »

Improving as an Instructor: Enhancing Your Own Educational Experience

This is it. This is the summer you will brush up on your teaching skills or your organization techniques. You know it will make your life easier and will improve the learning experiences of your students. But, where to start?

Posted in Freeway Flyer | Read More »

Planning for Fall Already: My, Oh My….Syllabi

I’m already planning my Fall courses. I start with the syllabus. It’s a question about how many rules I want to put in the syllabus. I hate to start the class on such a negative point; but when I don’t include rules it always comes back to haunt me. One of the elements I struggle […]

Posted in Juggling 101 | Read More »

To Re-vamp or Not to Re-vamp

How often do you change your course material? Textbooks come out with new editions seemingly every year (or bi-annually at the very least) but to those of us in the trenches, the ability to revisit our lesson plans is limited by the fact that generally we teach year round. What is a body to do?

Posted in The Mentor Is In | Read More »

Commuter Hell, the Ballet

The old, dirty flatbed truck two vehicles ahead if me is loaded down with assorted shopping carts. Had I noticed, I would have gotten in the other lane; now, it’s too late. I’ll be trapped in this spot for at least 20 minutes. I pound my flat palms on the steering wheel and use my […]

Posted in Freeway Flyer,Juggling 101 | Read More »

Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care

With the best of intentions, we all lapse into a monotone drone at some point or another. Students start dropping like dozy flies. Heads jerk, yawns are stifled, eyes droop. Rather than take it personally, jolt them out of their stupor by building in some movement to your lesson plan.

Posted in The Mentor Is In | Read More »

Waiting for the Fallout

I missed a deadline last week.  I teach at ABC College, a proprietary school that is well-known for strict faculty grading deadlines, and I missed one.  I was aware of what I was doing and was willing to accept the consequences.  I had 48 hours to return feedback on assignments in two sections of the […]

Posted in Teaching in Pajamas | Read More »

U.S. Has One of the Highest College Remedial Education Rates

Professor Derron Bowen teaches high school math to college students, patiently chalking equations on the board on basic arithmetic topics such as the speed of a driver on a 20-hour trip. Bowen’s class at Broward College in South Florida is for students who didn’t score high enough on an entrance test to get into college-level […]

Posted in Features | Read More »

Keep in Touch With AdjunctNation

Graphic Graphic Graphic

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Archives

Graphic

From the Archive

  • RateMyProfessor 2013 “Best Profs” List Filled With Non-Tenured Faculty

    by P.D. Lesko The second highest rated “professor” in the United States on the faculty rating website RateMyProfessor.com is Devon Hanahan. Hanahan, who teaches Spanish at the University of Charleston, is a non-tenured faculty member. She has taught at the college for 16 years. What is Hanahan’s secret to success in the classroom, or at […]

  • 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 […]

  • Community College Faculty: At Work in the New Economy

    by John S. Levin, Susan Kater and Richard L. Wagoner Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2006. 299 pp. $23.50 reviewed by Mark J. Drozdowski I’ve never worked or taught at a community college. After reading this book, I don’t want to. Community college faculty, it turns out, are oppressed, though they may not know it. That’s essentially the conclusion of […]

  • Journal of Excellence in College Teaching

    by Mark J. Drozdowski As a recently appointed adjunct faculty member, I’ll consider any teaching tips or tricks I can find. Naturally, I eagerly picked up the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, hoping to learn how to become a more effective instructor. Does it help? First, a brief background on the Journal is in order. Founded […]

  • 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 […]

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Recently Commented

  • Rick: If your looking for non-academic jobs, or “menial” jobs do not even mention your graduate...
  • AdjunctNation Editorial Team: @Jeffr thanks for pointing out the distinction.
  • Jeffr: Note that adjunct faculty are considered to be on a “term” basis and receives no protection except...
  • Scott: I believe Sami is correct in that this no reasonable assurance language will allow adjuncts continuing access...
  • Nancy West-Diangelo: It’s as if we’ve lost the ability to listen critically. If the point of the work we...