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Tough Love & Higher Education

By P.D. Lesko My kids wanted a $1,200 LEGO set. They wanted it badly. They waaaaaaanted it now. They tried to justify the cost. It was important. It was educational. Needless to say, I told them no. Kids who live off the largesse of parents have to be taught the value of money. Some of […]

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Academic Matchmaking: Connections

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Semester Wrap-up: Reflections of a New Adjunct

By Erik Hanson It’s the Monday morning after Finals and all my grades are tallied, waiting to be posted by college officials. I’m caught between rummaging through my files for something to do (there has got to be something to do because there’s always something to do, isn’t there?) and turning off the alarm for […]

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Higher Education: The Next Bubble To Burst?

By P.D. Lesko The new E-Zine content went up and there are a couple of pieces that deal directly with the question of whether higher education will be the next “bubble” to burst. In “A College Education of Diminishing Returns,” the writer, Eric Fry, examines the myth of the value of an undergraduate degree. When […]

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My Job Stinks, Literally

By Kat Kiefer-Newman One of my colleges is a quiet, little collection of buildings neatly tucked in among several large, pastorally lovely, and incredibly smelly dairies. A few days after the occasional rain we get here in the desert valley of Southern California the hills turn a vivid green, with skies so blue you wonder if […]

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No Place Like Home: Teaching Where I Was Taught

By Jenny Ortiz I knew going to back to St. John’s University after being away for two years as I earned my MFA degree would make me an outsider. At least that’s what I thought. I was no longer a student; the events, the fliers for the dances, and the cafeteria no longer belonged to […]

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Just A Side of Fries, Please

By Ron Tinsley I have learned the hard way that not all Ph.D.s are created equal. I went to graduate school dreaming about teaching college. For some reason, no one clued me in to the fact that to teach at major research universities, you need a doctorate. For some reason, I didn’t clue myself in, […]

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The New Adjunct’s “Twelve Days of Christmas”

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. ‘Tis the season! It is nearing the end of the semester, the end of calendar year 2010 — it is time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. One of my favorite holiday songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I enjoy the popular culture versions, […]

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The Oprah of Online Education: Rich’s Favorite Things

By Rich Russell It is upon us, colleagues!! THE END [of the semester] IS NIGH!!! I declared to a colleague this week: “If you do not hear from me over the next few weeks, it is because I am swallowed up in the papers; if you don’t hear from me by the New Year, it’s […]

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Adjuncts United: A New National Adjunct Union. (Coming Soon?)

By P.D. Lesko Keith Hoeller and I have known each other for many years. Like me, Keith advocates for part-time faculty. In my case, I do it nationally. Keith has been going toe-to-toe with the Washington Federation of Teachers for years. The Washington Federation of Teachers (an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers) represents […]

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From the Archive

  • Speak So Your Students Can Speak

    by Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP One of the most important skills a person can develop for success in a career is to speak well publicly. As an educator, you have a variety of ways of teaching this life skill, no matter what your subject matter or expertise. Of primary importance is for you to […]

  • Will 24,000 CSU System Faculty Strike In Support of Job Security for Non-Tenured Faculty?

    by Timothy Sandoval About a dozen Sacramento State University faculty members set up shop near the university library to enlist support and sign up other faculty to authorize a possible strike because of stalled contract negotiations with the chancellor’s office. About 24,000 members of the California Faculty Association across the 23-campus California State University system […]

  • Land of a Thousand Lesson Plans

    by Evelyn Beck “OF THE PEOPLE, by the people, for the people…” Those famous words from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address referred to the U.S. government. But they might also apply to MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching), an invaluable—and free—resource of over 10,000 Web-based learning materials created and constantly expanded by faculty […]

  • 20 Time-Saving Tips for Faculty Who Teach Distance Education Courses

    Planning ahead, setting limits, and tapping into reusable sources are ways to keep on-line teaching from consuming your life. Here are 20 tips on how to save time in your work as a distance educator: 1. Post all assignments, lectures, calendar entries, and topic discussions at the beginning of the course. Though this means a […]

  • Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom

    by Lee Warren Sometimes things seem to explode in the classroom, and what do we do then? Knowing strategies for turning difficult encounters into learning opportunities enables us to address important, but hot, topics – religion, politics, race, class, gender – in our classroom discussions. Hot moments occur when people’s feelings – often conflictual – […]


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