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

Invisible Faculty, Invisible Writers

Clayton M. Christensen is primarily known for his work on innovation. His books The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Innovator’s Solution are required reading for business innovators (and in many classes), and the phrase “innovator’s dilemma” has passed into general use. Christensen recently turned his attention to American public education, applying disruptive innovation theory to the […]

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FACE Goes Two For Two

by P.D. Lesko I have been writing about FACE for the past few weeks. I have been thinking about FACE since I first heard that American Federation of Teachers officials were considering a national legislative effort to boost the number of full-time college faculty. Faculty and College Excellence: FACE. I just read the March 4th […]

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A Death Online: In Memory of Frank

By Rich Russell I was setting up small group workshops in my online Creative Writing I class last week. Blackboard makes it so easy to do this: In the “Teach” tab, go to “Create Groups” and then “Create Multiple Groups” and “Randomly Distribute Students” into however many groups one wants. I chose “4 groups” for […]

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How Do You Engage Students with Your Feedback?

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an adjunct you are often spending a significant amount of time developing feedback for your students, especially for their written assignments. The developmental progress of your students is strengthened when you provide meaningful feedback and they respond to it, either through their actions and improved performance or their […]

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Eating Guilty Pie

An amusing articulate but frighteningly cynical attorney friend of mine does not think much of marriage. He refers to the institution as “monotonous monogamy” and likes to remind people that familiarity breeds contempt. My ex-husband and I have 20 years of familiarity that bred hip deep contempt and it is no fun for any of us to wade through that bullshit particularly my daughters. Nor is it fair for them. I do admire my daughter for doing the best she can in a bad situation because being 17 is hard all by itself.

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Instead of Tenure…?

In between these actual posts about writing and adjuncts, the subject is always simmering in the back of my mind. What is the relationship? What should the relationship be? How does one affect the other? What is the place of tenure in this equation? Some gloriously impractical ideas for posts bubble up, pop, and, thankfully […]

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Contingently Yours

I read a blog posting by a snappish prof. who said he hated the term “contingent” faculty. So, I went to the dictionary to see what I could see. Here is the definition for “contingent”: con·tin·gent (kn-tnjnt) adjective 1. Liable to occur but not with certainty; possible: “All salaries are reckoned on contingent as well […]

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The Tenure Track as Constraint (and minor updates)

Let me start with a few minor updates: On the plus side, I’ve got some interesting interviews coming up. On the negative/absent side, I still haven’t heard back from many of the folks I’ve contacted about projects related to this blog. On the confusing side, I just joined Facebook, and so will be likely be […]

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Oh Bb9, Why Do You Hate Me So…

By Kat Kiefer-Newman I know that I’ve complained before about Bb9 (it was frustrating, to say the least, when it first came online). I didn’t even know then what I will euphemistically call the challenges I would be dealing with now. Today, I sit here typing this blog wondering what bad thing will happen next. […]

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What To Do With Students Who Are Way Too Smart For School?

By Jenny Ortiz Smart-ass. Too harsh? We’v all had the wise guy, the smart aleck, the know it all in the class who spends more time disrupting the class than learning. They’re smart but they end up either failing the course or passing by the skin of their teeth because they’re too smart for the […]

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  • Duquesne U. Appeals Adjuncts Unionization Vote

    Duquesne University adjunct faculty members may have to wait longer to hear results of their vote on whether to unionize and affiliate with the United Steelworkers, pending action on an appeal by the university that could invalidate the whole process. The regional office of the National Labor Relations Board is scheduled to tally the adjuncts’ […]

  • E-Books Gaining Momentum in the Marketplace

    By Peter Osnos On a rainy Sunday afternoon in November, I decided to read historian Antonia Fraser’s Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday). Pinter, the playwright, actor, and Nobel Prize winner in literature died of cancer in late 2008, and Fraser, his lover and then wife for more than 30 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Union Rep Calls Yuba Cuts Inevitable

    Pay cuts for instructors are inevitable, a union representative of part-time faculty at the Yuba Community College District says of trustees asking for a 3 percent reduction in pay — which full-time professors oppose. “I don’t see any other way out of it,” Jim Schulte, vice-president of the Yuba College Adjunct Faculty Teachers, said Monday. […]

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