Keeping Your Sanity? A Little Pampering Helps.

By some people’s definition, “adjunct” may be synonym for “insanity.” One might agree on those days we are scattered and burdened with oodles of papers to grade. If you have ever eyed a picket-white straitjacket as an alternative to grading assignments, read on for some solutions to the madness. We’ve all had those frantic phone […]

Jitters. Butterflies. Nerves.

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Staying up late to organize binders, notebooks, and supplies – check. Reading and re-reading my students’ names to try to pronounce correctly and memorize – check. Nerves before my first lecture “in front” of the class – check. Feeling prepared to teach my first online class – ask me next […]

Nuts, Bolts and Other Tools of the Online Teaching Trade

A new academic year and a new direction for Teaching in Pajamas, with a new blogger. Over the next several posts, we will talk about how to make the most of the online environment to give your students the educational resources you think they need.

The Benefits of the Car-Office: Reflections on a Mobile Adjunct Life

By Helene Matheny There are certainly benefits to working as an adjunct. Using my car as my office is not one of them. Only once in my ten years as an adjunct professor of history have I been offered an actual office to use exclusively — complete with full desk, phone line, laptop, bookshelves and […]

Why Can’t College Faculty Follow Simple Directions?

The email invitation to blog for went out to about 1,000 part-time faculty registered on the site. The replies came back, some within minutes. The application instructions were exact. Many who responded asked for more information. They didn’t have specific questions; they just wanted “more information.” What more information did they need? The announcement […]

Who’s Staring Back? “Picture of Girl With Skunk”

By Rich Russell In Blackboard there is a Roster tool, where students (and the professor) can post pictures of themselves, and I encourage (but do not require) students to also do this during the first week, in addition to their written introductions. I qualify, “Please only post pictures of yourself and not someone else. Please […]

Productive Working Relationships: Who Needs ‘Em? You Do.

There’s a difference for instructors between getting along with students and finding a way to work with them throughout the duration of the class. Instructors who develop meaningful interactions with their students often find that they are also promoting the development of effective working relationships. When students feel that they have a connection with their […]

The 15 Minute Rule and Other Myths

By Kat Kiefer-Newman I was late. It almost never happens, but this semester I have an eight o’clock class and it’s sometimes difficult to get ready and out of the house in time.  I’m waking up at five a.m. every morning, but waking up isn’t the same as getting out of bed and starting the […]

Square Peg in a Round Hole? College Culture Shock

I had an interesting conversation with some colleagues recently. By now, I am used to people thinking I am crazy for trying out more than one institution of higher learning. My explanation is that the culture of every college does not always fit my style. Teaching at some colleges can feel like trying to fit […]

Galloping Inflation in American College Fees. Will Higher Ed Go the Way of GM?

From The Economist: Fifty years ago, in the glorious age of three-martini lunches and all-smoking offices, America’s car companies were universally admired. Everybody wanted to know the secrets of their success. How did they churn out dazzling new models every year? How did they manage so many people so successfully (General Motors was then the […]

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