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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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    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 […]

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    by Jack Longmate AS PART-TIME FACULTY members step up their organizing efforts throughout California, many are faced with the task of working effectively with already-established full-time chapters. Occasionally, there is friction on some campuses between full- and part-time faculty. The diverse and separate needs of full-time, and part-time faculty often forces them to form separate […]

  • Union Balks At New Jersey Governor’s Proposal to Move Rutgers Adjuncts To High-Deductible Health Plan

    by J. Fletcher Close to 850,000 current and retired state workers can start choosing new health care plans on October 17, 2011 — a normally routine process that this year forms part of the largest overhaul of public-employee health care in the state. The state’s unfunded liability, defined as future costs expected in the health […]

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      A new medical condition is lurking on campus, in coffee shops and even in your own bedroom. Chances are, you’re not immune either. “Laptop-itis” is a term coined by Kevin Carneiro, assistant professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Laptop-itis stems from poor […]

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