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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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  • 10 Dreaded Mistakes College Teachers Make

    by Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D. Confused about how to teach? The best thing you can do is avoid mistakes. There are 10 Terrible Mistakes College Teachers Make. Learn how to avoid teaching mistakes. Most of the college instructors I have known don’t make these 10 terrible mistakes. The ones who do don’t last long. Here are […]

  • Arizona State University Partners With Poynter Institute to Offer PT Journalism Faculty Certification

    The Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will launch an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communications classes at universities and colleges around the country. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely recognized […]

  • Community College Students Value Internet Access Over Teachers

      By Daniel de Vise Community college students have come to view online education as key to their success above all else, according to a new report billed as the first national survey of students in two-year colleges. Pearson Foundation hired Harris Interactive to survey 1,434 community college students last fall. Here’s the finding that […]

  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Tips to Take the Terror Out of Giving Presentations

    by Roger Seip What’s scarier to most Americans than spiders, heights, or even death? There hasn’t been a horror movie made about it yet, but more than 75 percent of Americans surveyed report that they suffer from “glossophobia,” a debilitating fear of public speaking. Statistically, far more of us claim that we would prefer death […]

  • Adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle voted against union

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