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Home » January 31st, 2011 Entries posted on “January, 2011”

An Online Adjunct Instructor Needs a Strong Virtual Presence

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an adjunct online instructor have you considered your students’ perspective of your classroom presence? What does it mean to you to be actively present in your class? For any classroom environment an instructor’s presence is necessary for the development of social interactions and working relationships with students. Within […]

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Semester Success Story: The All-Purposeful Blog

By Lance Eaton It began with my Contemporary Affairs teacher in high school.  He was a copier.  His classroom and office were fire-hazards filled with 3-4 foot tall stacks of photocopied articles that he would share with his students.  In all of his classes, no one would escape a minimum of 5 handouts a class […]

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Contextual Pressure, Contextual Support

Scholars on the tenure-track have contextual support to write and publish. In the best positions, this takes the form of course release time and internal grants to fund sabbaticals, research trips, and reflective writing. On the other hand, these positions can also carry considerable pressure, as evidenced by the classic phrase “Publish or perish.” In […]

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The Future of Online Education (Part I): The Machine Never Stops

By Rich Russell My mom said to me recently, “In twenty-five years, none of this [waving arms about to indicate college building] will exist.” We were sitting in her office at the place where she has taught for twenty-five years now; where I have taught, as an adjunct, for four. She paused to look out […]

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Field Experiences: A Sociologist’s Dream

By Ron Tinsley I appreciate living in a major metropolitan city where you don’t need a car to get everywhere. I live close to public transportation so that is a plus even though I have to be hyper alert to ward off the forces of evil. Such is life in the city. Dealing with weather […]

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Call Me Dr. Kiefer-Newman. Then, Call Me Confused About Bb9.

college-graduation

By Kat Kiefer-Newman Here we are. It’s a new year, and we’re returning to classes, after orientation meetings and hopefully contract signings. I have an orientation tonight and haven’t decided yet if I’ll go. These get togethers are peopled with the most interesting folks, and I rather hate to miss out. As I mentioned in […]

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Using Technology for Good and Evil

By Erik Hanson As a student, I had what could be best described as a strained relationship with online instructional software. As an instructor, that relationship still exists, but I’m beginning to warm up to it, and a better understanding of the basic features are what appear to be winning me over. I have yet […]

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Dr. Cary Nelson, aka Professor Harold Hill

by P.D. Lesko Friends, folks, fellow education workers, Romans, countryman, there’s Trouble in Idaho. I say there’s Trouble. That’s Trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with D and that stands for “Due process” (my sincere apologies to “Music Man” lovers out there, but I just couldn’t resist). Alright, let’s start at the very […]

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How To Guarantee Your Adjunct Faculty Unionize

by P.D. Lesko Sometimes, I think that college administrators are some of the most chuckle-headed women and men with Ph.D.s in the entire United States. This is never made so plain as by those whose part-time faculty are in the midst of pursuing unionization. Often, administrators at colleges and universities where adjuncts are preparing to […]

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Three Attempts at Perspective

As we all try to make sense of the state of adjunct faculty, and try to write, it is easy to get caught up in the immediate: to focus on one’s own personal frustrations, or to step up no more than a single category and to consider adjuncts as such. That’s understandable, but it does […]

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  • Professor As Protagonist: Three Mysteries Set in the Ivory Tower

    by Vicki Urquhart In reality, campus murders are relatively rare; yet, from Harvard to Oxford to the University of New Mexico, there is no shortage of murder mysteries set on college or university campuses. Nor is any field of study excluded from the academic mystery genre. The broad range includes the most likely candidates—criminology and […]

  • The Two-Body Problem: Duel-Career Couple Hiring Practices in Higher Education

    by Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Susan B. Twombly and Suzanne Rice The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2006. 196pp. $23.50 by Jessica Demovski WANTED: Academic couple seeks two tenure-track positions at major university in metropolitan area. While an ideal state for many academics, the opportunities that fit these requirements are few and far between. Yet, according to […]

  • A Trio of Books Related to Distance Education

    A Trio of Books About Distance Education Reviewed by Evelyn Beck The landscape in higher education is changing. With very different purposes and approaches, three recent books take stock. Make Money Teaching Online: How to Land Your First Academic Job, Build Credibility, and Earn a Six-Figure Salary, by Danielle Babb and Jim Mirabella (Wiley, 2007) […]

  • Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

    by Grace Elletson The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a first-time contract with the college. However, the campus community has expressed mixed reactions to the deal. The contract, signed March 26, guarantees […]

  • Promoting Interactive Peer Learning in an Online Environment

    by Janie Sullivan There are some components of online learning that cause concerns in the world of academia and ivy covered walls. Interactivity between the learners and accountability for the learning are two of those concerns. Accrediting bodies are starting to shift the emphasis from course completion to competency as technology enables more and more […]

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