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

The Role of Market Correctives

Recently I dipped in to the January 11, 2010 edition of the world’s best magazine, I mean, The New Yorker. There I found “After the Blowup,” an essay by John Cassidy about how the various schools of laissez-faire economics are dealing with—or failing to deal with—recent economic crises. As author of How Markets Fail, Cassidy […]

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Connecting to Students: Improving Retention in Online Classes (Part I)

By Rich Russell In a recent column for The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Rob Jenkins highlights what we need to consider in our zealous pursuit of online education (“the third-rail in American higher education politics”), where retention rates, Jenkins notes, are just 50ish percent, yet few seem to worry. Two personal statistics that might make […]

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Classroom Parent or Classroom Mentor?

By Kathy McBrayer, M.Ed., SPHR I won the Mother of the Year award this month. Yes, it’s true — my neighbor officially posted on my Facebook wall that I earned the award for spending Mother’s Day, 2011, at Six Flags Over Texas with my husband and son.  I humbly accepted the award, not that I […]

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Laugh, Cry, Hell’s Bells…You Decide

Tyler Junior College in East Texas serves 12,000 students. According to the JC’s web site, 250 of its 456 faculty are full-time. For some odd reason, the part-time faculty are getting a pay raise this year. I say for some odd reason, because the part-time faculty per course pay at Tyler Junior College has not […]

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Summer Is For Reading (For Some Lucky Part-Timers)

By Kat Kiefer-Newman We talk about breaking news. We talk about local events and history. We talk about politics, cultural issues, and contemporary problems. We talk about the economy, the state of college education, and future goals. Many will share personal experiences and worries. And we talk about books. In all of my classes (but […]

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Does Higher Tuition Require Different Instruction? Teaching and the Great Socio-Economic Divide

By Jenny Ortiz As a Freeway Flyer, I teach a number of Composition courses and although each one has a slight variation given  the deptartmental’s academic desires for its students, my syllabus and my course workload tends to be similar for most of my classes. My Eng1100 at St. John’s University is very similar to my […]

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Lore to Kairos (and the envelope please…)

I recently wrote about wordriver (and my ambivalence regarding it). This week I’d like to touch on a markedly different publication, Kairos. Kairos is subtitled “A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.” They’ve been around for more than a decade, which means they were publishing about the intersection of computers and rhetoric back in the […]

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Let’s Base Faculty Hiring/Retention Decisions on Student Outcomes

By P.D. Lesko “Do teachers matter or are teaching methods more important?” That’s the question posed by AdjunctNation.com writer Melissa Miller in her entry this week. On the AdjunctNation Facebook page, Georgia NeSmith wrote in response to Miller’s piece, “Of course the teacher matters. The good teacher will choose the best methods. The entire study […]

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Using A Learner Centered Approach: Maintaining Consistency Teaching At The Doctoral Level

By Nancy A. Walker, Ph.D. How do online instructors maintain consistent teaching at the doctoral level? Are there tricks, tips, special formulas? There are proven methods that aid instructors in preserving an even balance at the doctoral level. While teaching online is a different venue in and of itself, teaching doctoral courses brings another dynamic […]

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Do Students Need to Trust Us to Learn?

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA When you consider the importance of building strong working relationships with your students, how important is the element of trust and is it necessary for effective classroom facilitation? Can the process of learning occur even if students have not developed a sense of trust with their instructor? When students […]

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  • Faculty Union at University of Prince Edward Island Wants Longer Contracts for Sessionals

    People hired to teach courses on contract are one of the sticking points in contract talks between the administration at the University of Prince Edward Island and its faculty. The two sides will meet again for the first time since the faculty association asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliator. The faculty association wants […]

  • New Hampshire Adjuncts Snub AAUP, AFT and NEA & Unionize With SEIU

    Adjunct professors at Plymouth State University (PSU) announced on Tuesday they have filed for an election at the Public Employees Labor Relations Board, which is the first step in forming a collective bargaining unit. The question on the ballot is whether the faculty is for or against organizing and becoming a part of a union […]

  • Tribal College Journal

    by Vicki Urquhart The Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education 4 issues per year Institutional subscription: $30 per year; Individual subscription: $22 per year 1 P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 80328 WHEN YOU PICK up a professional journal, you expect it to be worth your time, and Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education (TCJ) […]

  • 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 […]

  • Resources for Finding Work Abroad

    by Melissa Doak Looking for international work can be daunting—and downright frustrating without good resources. Fortunately, there are now many useful guides for job searches in almost any field or discipline in almost any country. However, you won’t find many of these published resources in your local bookstore. Some of the best guides, published by […]

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