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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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  • Breathless Beauty: Share the secret of undiscovered Bolivia

    by Jacqueline McEwan If I’m unlucky my day starts with the electronic beep-beep I loathe. The 6 a.m. alarm ready for a 7 a.m. class. Yes, 7 a.m….the most popular time for classes here, though often it’s only the teacher who actually makes it on time. Possessing the Bolivian work ethic and a desperate need […]

  • Don’t Poke Me: Professors’ Privacy In The Age Of Facebook

      By Rich Russell Before seeing the new movie The Social Network this past weekend, I first read the article on co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in The New Yorker. His own Facebook profile is quoted in the piece: “I am trying to make the world a more open place.” But an open world does not necessarily […]

  • Six Tips for Handling Grade Complaints

    by Peter Connor It’s a given—students are going to complain about the grades they receive. Also given, is your responsibility to handle such complaints. Generally speaking, this will go far better if you pre-establish your classroom protocols, put them in writing and discuss them on the first day of class. Include a page in your […]

  • George Mason U Students Study Their Adjuncts

    Molly Greenberg A new George Mason University study on adjunct faculty may be the “most comprehensive study of one institution’s adjunct faculty working conditions ever.” The report, appropriately named “Indispensable but Invisible,” is based on a survey completed by 241 adjunct at George Mason and conducted by the Public Sociology Association made up of George […]

  • Part-Timers At Duquesne Unionize With the United Steelworkers

    Six other universities in the greater Pittsburgh area have contacted the United Steelworkers to help them form unions for their adjunct instructors in the past several months, according to USW representative Jeff Cech. The USW will not release the names of the other universities Cech said. Duquesne liberal arts adjunct instructors have been meeting with USW since March of last year to help them […]

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