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Home » July 5th, 2010 Entries posted on “July, 2010”

Opening the Tenure Discussion = Opening a Wound?

I’ve avoided opening the discussion about how adjuncts can earn tenure because opening the tenure discussion often seems like opening a wound that never heals. It is actually easier to ask adjunct faculty members about what they earn and get straight answers than it is to open the discussion of who gets tenure and why […]

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I’m Late, I’m Late….Grading!

Whew! Sorry about being out of breath. I’m rushing to get this done (and as my editor will testify, I’m already a few days late). You see, I was stuck wrestling with the bane of my existence, namely grading.   Since grading papers has consumed all of my waking hours for the last week and […]

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Review of “On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search”

On The Market

By Greg Beatty Sandra Barnes’ On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search is a useful, fascinating, and at times markedly depressing book. Let me address each of the volume’s qualities in turn. The utility of On the Market is unmistakable. No, I’ll go further. I wish I’d been given a copy of […]

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The Barack Obama Book Club

  by Samuel Jacobs With the Obama family vacation just around the corner, we’d like to offer a refresher to anyone who is behind on their Barack Obama reading list. When the president landed in Oaks Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard last August, he loaded his bedside table with 2,333 pages of reading for the week. Of […]

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U.S. Government Sting Nets 15 For-Profit Colleges

by Mary Beth Marklein A government inquiry of 15 for-profit colleges found four cases in which campus officials encouraged applicants to commit fraud and examples at every school of officials lying about or misrepresenting their programs. Those and other findings are to be presented Wednesday at a Senate committee hearing examining the for-profit higher education […]

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Why I Don’t Ditch College: An Entrepreneur’s Opinion

by Tyler Mahoney There is an old argument for avoiding higher education: "Bill Gates dropped out of college and he’s one of the richest men in the world." Isn’t that convincing? Along the same lines, many students and parents have noted that Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college to run Facebook, and have marveled at […]

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Texas Professors Wary of New Controversial Law

A new Texas law going into effect this September will offer students unprecedented amounts of information about college classes, but professors across the state have labeled it an attack on their academic freedom. Passed unanimously in 2009, Texas Legislative House Bill 2504 is the first of its kind in the nation. Under the new law, […]

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More University Students Save Money By Taking Cheaper Community College Courses

  by Daniel de Vise Sean Daly’s friends in Potomac spend their summer days planning their summer nights, savoring three months of freedom from the college grind. But Daly returned home from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and headed straight to the local community college for more classes. Community colleges in the Northeast region […]

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In Uganda Faculty Association Backs Firing of Part-time Lecturers

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  Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) has backed the university’s new reforms, saying they will strengthen the quality of education and reduce wastage of resources. Speaking to AdjunctNation.com, MUASA Chairman Tanga Odoi, said laying off part-time lecturers, will allow the university to save more money to enhance salaries of full-time staff. “There are some […]

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LEO and University of Michigan hammer out new agreement

Lecturers at the University of Michigan are being urged by their union leaders to sign a tentative contract reached with administrators following a months-long process called “long and often difficult” by a union bargaining leader. Jim Anderson, chair of the LEO bargaining committee and an English lecturer on the U-M Flint campus, urged the group’s […]

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  • Learning Styles and Distance Education

    by Evelyn Beck ATTENTION TO THE way students learn is just as important in on-line classes as it is in the traditional classroom. Yet while most of us regularly design face-to-face activities that involve visual and audio components, group work, and physical movement, we still rely heavily on the written word when delivering courses through the […]

  • A Tale of Greed and Gluttony: The California Part-Time Faculty Equity Fund Boondoggle

    by Chris Cumo and P.D. Lesko Since 2001, thanks to the Part-Time Faculty Equity Pay Law, legislators in California have, yearly, earmarked $57 million dollars in tax money to go toward pay increases for the state’s 35,740 part-time faculty. Prior to the passage of the Part-Time Faculty Equity Pay Law, a typical part-timer teaching four […]

  • 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, […]

  • New Research: FT Non-Tenured Faculty View Themselves As Part of An Academic Counter-Culture

    by Sean Nealson Full-time non-tenure track faculty at colleges and universities lack a professional identity and a sense of self worth, according to interviews with these faculty members that formed the basis of a recently published paper co-authored by a University of California, Riverside professor. John S. Levin, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at […]

  • Students With Speech Impediments in Class: How To Best Help Them Succeed

    By Richard Perez-Pena As his history class at the County College of Morris discussed exploration of the New World, Philip Garber Jr. raised his hand, hoping to ask why China’s 15th-century explorers, who traveled as far as Africa, had not also reached North America. He kept his hand aloft for much of the 75-minute session, but […]

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