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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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  • 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 […]

  • Paychecks Come Late (Again) & PTers Launch Public Food Drive In Response

    Food drives have become increasingly common in the aftermath of the Great Recession. But the drive launched at Kalamazoo Valley Community College January 11th is a little different: People are bringing in food and gift cards, not to help out strangers in need, but their coworkers. “The full-time faculty have been wonderful. They were the […]

  • Obama’s New Chief of Staff Forced FT Faculty at NYU To Cross Adjunct Union Picket Lines

    President Barack Obama may have crossed labor unions yet again this week when he named former budget director Jack Lew to be his fourth chief of staff in just three years. News broke last week that Obama had deployed the Coast Guard to protect grain ships from longshoremen union members and occupiers in Washington State, but now a […]

  • How Bloom’s Toxonomy Can Make You a Better Teacher

    Used with permission from A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teacher’s of Adults, 7th ed. by Dr. Donald Grieve, Ed.D. Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives If there is a single paradigm that has stood the test of time in education it is Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (Bloom et al., 1956). Published more than half […]

  • Study: Infrequent Teacher Evaluations Don’t Identify The Best (or Worst) Teachers

    by Staff Baylor University recently beefed up its evaluation and hiring practices for the school’s lecturers. Adjunct faculty are often re-hired and dismissed based on annual or twice yearly student evaluations. Certainly, poor reviews are often earned. However, it is the exceptional college or university which integrates the evaluation of temporary faculty into the same […]


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