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

Baby Steps: Labor Unions Helping To Improve Adjunct’s Working Conditions a Little at a Time

These adjuncts in Kalamazoo, Brooklyn Heights, and the State of Maine are the beginning of a movement that has the potential to enrich the lives of countless college instructors, a step at a time.

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Part II of Why, Gen Y?

By Kat Kiefer-Newman Last time I wrote about recent media coverage of college-aged and recent college-grads (the media has dubbed this group Gen Y and The Millennials). The media seems to think that everyone in this generational group has access to cutting edge technology and knows how to use it. The media also seems to […]

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Having a Master’s Degree: Good News and Not So Good News

One school of thought says you must do whatever you need to do, including continuing your own education to give yourself a better chance. Another school of thought says the time and expense would not be worth it, because there are already too many PhDs in the academic job market, a “glut.”

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Executive Pay in the Spotlight — Finally

by Claudia Dreifus While the news media has been riveted by this summer’s Congressional investigation of the financial practices of for-profit colleges, two important financial stories focused on non-profit colleges and universities have been making headlines as well. In July, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the trustees of Nashville’s Vanderbilt University broke new […]

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Sick and tired

Crafting a plan to manage illness for both yourself and your students can improve classroom performance.

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Summer: The Hot Semester

Many adjuncts who need income during the summer need to line up as many summer classes as they can get. This can be a challenge, because colleges often offer fewer classes during the spring and summer semester, so there are fewer classes to go around for instructors.

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The Final Straw

I have defended ABC College many times on this blog, despite the fact that many of my colleagues have been unhappy with them. I have never before felt micromanaged and I have never felt pressure to give good grades (common complaints that I have heard).  I have not been upset by the feedback deadlines and […]

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Why, Gen Y? PART ONE

This is a longer blog, and I’ve decided to break it into two parts. I see them shuffle in every semester, this group referred to by the label-makers as Gen Y or The Millennials. The Millennials in my Community College classes, though, don’t look like the super slick, Gossip Girl outfitted, tech-savvy young adults I […]

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  • Michigan House Republicans Pass Bill That Strips Grad. Students of Right to Unionize

    Governor Rick Snyder has repeatedly claimed he has no interest in starting a Right-To-Work war in Michigan. Whether he has been telling the truth may become very clear, very soon. The Michigan House quickly approved SB 0971, legislation that bans the unionization of graduate student research assistants (GSRA) at public universities. There was no debate […]

  • Education Union Comparison Chart: Which Education Union Fits Your Group Best?

    Adjunct Membership Growth Gains Benefits Dues AFT LARGEST ADJUNCT MEMBER-SHIP:   36,000 Membership among part-time and nontenure track faculty has grown by 6500 in the past 5 years and has expanded from community colleges to four-year colleges. BIGGEST GAINS:   Has been working on many fronts, including Campus Equity Week. Here are other examples: Washington–adjuncts […]

  • A Review of Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty

    by Amy O’Loughlin Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty by Richard E. Lyons addresses the needs of adjunct professors and provides how-to strategies to improve one’s teaching effectiveness and course management efficiency. The book targets those of you who have established your part-time teaching careers, and it is intended to be a “book you will carry […]

  • New Rules Define Workload of Part-Time College Instructors

    by Nick Anderson New rules for the Affordable Care Act spell out for the first time a federal method to define the workload of part-time college instructors, but the formula will not necessarily require schools to provide the instructors with health-care coverage. The question of how to count hours worked by adjunct faculty members has been […]

  • Promoting Collaborative Learning in The Online Environment: How Can Faculty Overcome Challenges?

    By Nancy A. Walker, Ph.D. How do adult students benefit from a collaborative learning environment? As an online facilitator/faculty member, we are to foster and support collaboration between students. Needless to say, there are always challenges to this collaborative journey due to the online learning/teaching format.  How can we lessen these and have a smoother […]

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