Graphic
|

The New Adjunct Numbers: 15 Passwords, 7 Possible Plagiarists, 4 Department Meetings & More

millerBy Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed.

I was recently writing something that required quantitative analysis. Numbers are not my strong suit. I managed to do well in math classes in school, but it didn’t come easily or naturally to me – I’m more of a word person. My husband is a math person, and I’m a language girl, and this is one of the many ways in which we are well-suited for each other. So, for a new perspective into my daily work life, I started thinking about being a New Adjunct in terms of the numbers:

15 – The number of passwords, logins, and usernames I have to memorize. Oh, who are we kidding? I don’t memorize them – I have them all written down on a handy cheat sheet. This is one of the challenges of teaching at several schools. Everything is fine until I have to update the information with a new password!

7 – The average number of assignments per month I investigate for possible plagiarism. I’m not sure if this is average, but honestly, isn’t even one too many in higher education? It annoys me as a huge time waster!

20 – The average number of

Want to leave a comment? Feel free. You do not have to be logged in to comment, or respond to a comment. 

Want to read the rest of this article? Of course you do! You need a subscription. Current subscribers please   then you may continue reading. To RENEW/EXTEND an existing subscription, please  then visit the MY SUBSCRIPTION link found at the top of the page. Do not use this form.  

TO PURCHASE A NEW SUBSCRIPTION, scroll down, select the Site Pass you want, register, pay and read! 

Purchase a subscription online and you'll have instant access to all of our premium editorial content.During regular business hours M-F, you may also contact us via phone (734-930-6854) to purchase, renew, upgrade or extend a subscription using a credit card.To upgrade, renew or extend your existing subscription instantly online, please do NOT use this form. Instead, log in and visit the "My Subscription" link at the top of the page.Mail checks or money orders to: AdjunctNation, PO Box 130117, Ann Arbor, MI 48113-0117.

Library/Institution Print + Digital Subscription - 299.00 USD per 1 year - for 1 time

THIS IS A PRINT SUBSCRIPTION THAT INCLUDES UNLIMITED DIGITAL ACCESS.


Libraries may order through EBSCO or most other fulfillment agencies. We offer username/password access, as well as IP recognition access for libraries. Please note: to use a purchase order, please call 734-930-6854.

Library/Institution Digital Site Pass - 199.00 USD per 1 year - for 1 time

Library/Institution Digital Site Pass: This subscription includes unlimited access to all premium content on AdjunctNation.com from any device from anywhere worldwide for 1 year.


Libraries may order through EBSCO or most other fulfillment agencies. We offer username/password access, as well as IP recognition access for libraries. Please note: to use a purchase order, please call 734-930-6854.

1 Year Individual Print + Digital Subscription - 35.00 USD per 1 year - for 1 time

THIS IS A PRINT SUBSCRIPTION.


1 Year Print + Digital Subscription: AdjunctNation provides non-tenured faculty with the community, analysis, advocacy and insight they need to succeed in Academe. For over two decades, we've been the only higher education news source reporting exclusively for and about the Adjunct Nation. Your Print + Digital Subscription to AdjunctNation.com offers convenient online access to AdjunctNation.com 24/7. Readers enjoy unlimited, searchable access to every feature, essay and news article published since September 2000. Please note: to purchase by phone, please call 734-930-6854.

1 Year Individual Digital Site Pass - 25 USD per 1 year - for 1 time

1 Year Individual Digital Site Pass: Purchase a Digital Site Pass and enjoy all of AdjunctNation's award-winning news, feature stories, provocative essays, thought-provoking opinion pieces, teaching tips and how-to articles beginning today for a full year.This subscription includes unlimited online access to all premium content on AdjunctNation.com from any device from anywhere worldwide. Please note: to purchase by phone, please call 734-930-6854.

6 Month Individual Digital Site Pass - 15.00 USD per 6 months - for 1 time

Six Month Individual Digital Site Pass: Purchase a Digital Site Pass and enjoy all of AdjunctNation's award-winning news, feature stories, provocative essays, thought-provoking opinion pieces, teaching tips and how-to articles beginning today. This subscription includes unlimited online access to all premium content on AdjunctNation.com from any device from anywhere worldwide.Please note: to purchase by phone, please call 734-930-6854.

 
Authorize.Net
Authorize.Net processes AMEX, Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit card payments made online securely and safely. 
Paypal Standard
You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this payment method. PayPal allows credit card payments to be processed safely and securely. PayPal operates with credit cards, debit cards, bank accounts and PayPal accounts to make safe purchases online, without disclosing your credit card number or financial information. 

Short URL: http://www.adjunctnation.com/?p=2357

1 Comment for “The New Adjunct Numbers: 15 Passwords, 7 Possible Plagiarists, 4 Department Meetings & More”

  1. Just a few suggestions —

    Regarding those emailed questions that have answers already covered in class. I have a standard answer to that:

    The answers to these questions were covered in class. If you missed class it is your responsibility to get notes from a classmate. (Note: I cover this in the syllabus.) It’s a good idea for every student to develop contacts with other class members in order to ensure you don’t miss anything when you are unable to attend. (Also stated in the syllabus.)

    College students are adults and they need to take responsibility for their own actions.

    But it can also be helpful to take advantage of a hybrid f2f/online, if that is an option. In that situation (only recently available), I would post my class notes online (while at the same time requiring attendance, with a few grace points for whatever reasons the student had to be absent).

    Explanations for lateness – again, I give grace points that students can use. It’s up to them to decide what excuses are suitable for using those. When those are gone, it’s tough luck. Either way, I don’t have to decide whether their reasons are valid.

    On content questions – yes, these are much more pleasant to deal with, but if you are using a hybrid format, students can pose those in the online classroom and get answers from their fellow students as well as from you. AND that means your answers are available to everyone, not just the student who emailed you. A wonderful potential for sparking discussions and getting students more involved.

    Letters of recommendation – I’m happy to receive these requests also, even long after the class has ended. To save some time I ask students to write up what they think are their best, relevant qualities and how what they have done in your courses provide evidence of that. (This REALLY helps me, as I have a swiss cheese brain when it comes to remembering the details.) Of course I rework the letter in my own words, but the whole experience can be very enlightening, and it’s a great exercise for the student – they are forced to pinpoint exactly why they believe they did to EARN your good opinion of them.

    In short – lots of ways to reduce the burden on yourself while at the same time providing a good experience for students.

Leave a Reply

Keep in Touch With AdjunctNation

Graphic Graphic Graphic

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Archives

Graphic
Graphic

Want to see your advertisement on
AdjunctNation.com? Click here.

Recently Commented

  • Kimberly Williams: I was a non-traditional adult learner who returned to college to earn my undergraduate and...
  • Kimberly Williams: Got it.
  • Dr. Njenga Solomon: My heart shudders when higher education regulatory body – Commission for University...
  • Ron B.: Great piece that describes the lives of so many adjuncts.
  • sazzyjim55: As I read this it reminded me of the craziness I went through a few years back working full time,...