Finding Time For Independent Research & Writing

By Jenny Ortiz There is no doubt that Freeway Flyers are good at multi-tasking, but I’ve found that when I’m in the middle of the semester I lose sight of my own work. My background is in creative writing, and aside from teaching I write fiction as well as this blog. Most, if not all, […]

The Future of Online Education (Part III): Life Outside the Machine

By Rich Russell I had a student in a traditional class last semester (let’s call him “Anthony”) who was a bit of a Holden Caulfield. (I don’t think he’d mind my saying that.) He got along well with his peers, but he harbored a healthy amount of skepticism about the modern world. At first obsessed […]

Updates, Links, and Two Sour Grapes

Blogging is a lot like teaching. You start with one project, and then you add another and another, until you’re juggling one more topic than you can track, and you hope that whoever is watching is enjoying the show, or at least paying attention. Along those lines, some follow-ups on earlier topics. First, I’ve touched […]

Huzzah for Adjuncts in Maryland

According to this piece posted to the Gazette.Net web site, 1,075 part-time faculty at Montgomery College voted to affiliate with the SEIU on June 3rd. The group is the first and only group of college faculty teaching at a public college in the state of Maryland to unionize. Union leaders chose to affiliate with SEIU […]

Slipping Down the Knowledge Funnel

Slipping Down the Knowledge Funnel   I recently read Roger Martin’s 2009 book The Design of Business. It’s a lovely book, and I recommend it highly for anyone interested in innovation, creativity, and/or understanding organizational structures.   Early in The Design of Business Martin introduced a conceptual schema to describe knowledge development. Think of all […]

Hotlips Houlihan and Adjuncting

Ian Houlihan, we’ll call him “Hotlips,” just for fun, is a tenured faculty member at a Catholic University in the Northeast. In the February 23rd edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, he writes about his “foray into adjunct life.” Where to begin? How about we start with the fact that he uses a pseudonym […]

Teaching…Again. What Is It Like to Teach after a Long Absence?

By Melissa McDonald I like to keep busy. Teaching semester-after-semester keeps the momentum going, but then something happens that forces me to sit out for a semester or more. Usually, we move. As I mentioned in my blog “Who Gives Up a FT Job to Become and Adjunct? Well, Me,” as an Adjunct By Choice […]

What Should Grades Really Measure?

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an instructor you know that grades are the end result or final outcome for your students. What is your reaction when you see their final grades? Does your perception of your students, your facilitation methods, or the assessments change based upon the letter grades they receive? If a […]

New Adjunct – Roman Gladiator?

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. If Rome wasn’t built in a day, how long does it take to “build” a New Adjunct? How long am I considered a novice? I’ve heard professors compared to many things (some of which I won’t repeat amongst this polite company), but I recently made the unlikely connection that, at […]

Anger in the Back Row

By Dorinda Fox “Actors understand the infinite vastness hiding inside each human being, the characters not played, the characteristics not revealed. Schoolteachers can see every day that, given the chance, the sullen pupil in the back row can sing, dance, juggle, do mathematics, paint, and think.”—Wallace Shawn of My Dinner With Andre fame in his […]

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