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

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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  • SEIU Wins Vote of Loyola’s 326 Adjunct Faculty—College Officials “Disappointed”

    by Linze Rice Adjunct professors at Loyola University “overwhelmingly” voted in favor to unionize Wednesday at a meeting with the National Labor Relations Board. Of 326 faculty members eligible to vote, 224 did — and 63 percent of those voters agreed to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. “Our victory today represents a […]

  • Prof Punks Chem Students—Sends Imposter to Teach First Day of Class

    This prank is proof that any professorial-looking man with a bald head and khakis can walk to the front of a freshman chemistry class on the first day of college and have his way with the ignorant newcomers for as long as his gravitas will carry him. Or until the real professor walks in. The […]

  • OFTEN Comes Just in Time

    by Evelyn Beck Not too long ago, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) brought its adjuncts into the twenty-first century. “It’s hard to imagine anyone working without e-mail and computers even though it’s only been a few years since they became standards for adjuncts,” says Kathryn Baker, a former adjunct who has been teaching full time […]

  • Setting the Tone for Successful Learning

    by Shari Dinkins Years ago, I adopted a dog from a local humane society. At twelve pounds, he was not threatening yet he barked at other dogs, pulled on the leash, and rushed visitors at my door. After investigating several options, I hired a reputable dog trainer to come to my home. I was naive about the training […]

  • A Pair of Books for Distance Educators

    by Mark J. Drozdowski IF YOU’RE LIKE me and most other people who’ve passed through college and perhaps graduate school, then you’re probably not terribly familiar with on-line education. As so-called traditional students, we learned in a classroom with the professor and fellow students right in front of us. The idea, then, of taking classes […]

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