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Part-Time Thoughts: 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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Promoting Collaborative Learning in The Online Environment: How Can Faculty Overcome Challenges?

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By Nancy A. Walker, Ph.D. How do adult students benefit from a collaborative learning environment? As an online facilitator/faculty member, we are to foster and support collaboration between students. Needless to say, there are always challenges to this collaborative journey due to the online learning/teaching format.  How can we lessen these and have a smoother […]

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Juggling 101: Adjunct Summer Activities — Extreme Couponing & Selling Old Books Online


By Kat Kiefer-Newman Did I post an “off for the Summer” blog just a few weeks ago? You bet I did! Some adjunct-y things have come up, though, and I thought of all people, you would commiserate with me (and maybe laugh a little at my silly, very-juggled life). So there I was, tearfully saying […]

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The New Adjunct: Rate Your Professor – It’s All About Perspective


By Kathy McBrayer, M.Ed., SPHR I am at a unique time in my career as an adjunct professor.  Not only am I a new adjunct professor, but I am also the mother of a new college student; my son will be a freshman in the fall.  This situation provides a different perspective for me than when my older daughter went […]

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Adjunct By Choice: From Adjunct to Full-Time? Maybe. Or Not.


By Randy Eldridge If any of you have read any of my previous blogs, you’re familiar with Dr. Abbott. He’s my department chair and a great guy. In fact, he’s really one of the best people that I’ve worked for, both in and out of the education field. How he does his job, however, is […]

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Interview With Dr. Kirk Astle (Part II)

Last week we shared the first portion of an interview with Dr. Kirk Astle, Director of College Writing at Baker College Online. This week we conclude that interview.   Adjunct Advocate: How much of the composition faculty at Baker is full-time?   Dr. Astle: At Baker College Online I am the only full time Composition […]

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Having So Many Contingent Faculty Diminishes the Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning

Before you huff and puff at me, I want to say that it the title of this piece comes from the Executive Director of the Modern Language Association, Rosemary Feal, and not me. She said it to a reporter from the New York Times who wrote a piece on December 18th about the outlook for […]

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Write On! An Interview With Dana S. Dunn

This week we’re shifting focus a bit. Dana S. Dunn is Professor of Psychology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Moravian is a small and selective liberal arts college with a long and distinguished history. Professor Dunn has edited several books on pedagogical practices, published scores of articles, and several of his own books, including […]

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Tradition! “Junior Faculty” Keep Higher Ed. in Israel Afloat

According to an editorial in the paper Haaretz, a nationwide strike by 4500 senior faculty has entered its seventh week. As faculty are wont to do, the senior lecturers want salaries that keep up with the cost of living and inflation. The paper lambasts the striking faculty, calling their strike a result of “obtuseness and […]

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Two Writers, One Adjunct, Two Lessons, One Lesson?

I received a brief and surprising email today. The first surprise was that the email arrived at all. You see, I’d emailed Elizabeth Strout, whose complex and often lovely novel in stories Olive Kitteridge. (If you haven’t read Olive Kitteridge, I highly suggest it. There’s a reason it won the 2009 Pulitzer for fiction.) I’d […]

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