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Home » September 28th, 2011 Entries posted on “September, 2011”

On Course: A Review of James M. Lang’s Guide for Beginning College Teachers

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by Heidi Tworek, Ph.D. James Lang’s On Course is an accessible and wittily-written guide to all the major aspects of the first semester of teaching. Lang takes readers through their first semester week-by-week, from writing the class syllabus, lecturing, and leading discussions right up to the last days of class and designing and interpreting student evaluations. The […]

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If You Don’t Have Jitters On the First Day, Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Teaching

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By Jenny Ortiz The yearly work that comes with the first day of Fall classes, as always, feels tedious and only reminds me of the enormous workload I have this coming semester. Like most Freeway Flyers, taking on six classes in one semester is hard and at the end, I tell myself to never to […]

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Is Google Destroying Higher Education?

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By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. I just read a great book. It’s titled, “The Googlization of Everything,” by Siva Vaidhyanathan and it discusses the impacts of Google technology on our world. Of particular interest to me were the chapters about the impact of Google on higher education, students, and scholarship. The book focuses on both […]

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Classroom Joke Costs Adjunct His Job

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Former professor Robert Engler is looking to take legal action against Roosevelt University after being let go on what he calls “unfair charges of harassment.” Engler, an adjunct professor of 12 years, was terminated this past summer because of a joke he had told in class. The sociology class he was teaching that day focused […]

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The Mentor is In: Developing a Lecture that Matters to Your Students

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA A classroom lecture can be stimulating and interesting or it can be dry and boring. A lecture is expected for the traditional classroom environment and adapted as a strategy in the online environment through weekly postings that include overviews, summaries, informational postings, and announcements. Students develop a perception about […]

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Colleges Are Cutting Budgets: Are Execs & Administrators Taking Their Fair Share of the Pain?

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Colleges and universities are cutting budgets by the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. But what exactly are they cutting — fat or lean? There are two new contributions to the debate, which is more like a shouting match on many campuses. The two key questions: Are the masses of administrators and executives who […]

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Finding Elbow Room: Dealing With Overcrowded Classrooms

By Jenny Ortiz Though I teach literature, I was doing some calculations this week. If I have two classes at Adelphi with 20  students in each class, I am accountable for 40 students. Add that to the 25 in my core literature class as well as my 30 in American literature from St. John’s. I […]

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In Nigeria The Argument For More Adjunct Faculty

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by Akindeji Oyebode The Faculty of Law University of Lagos prides itself as one of the best law faculties in Nigeria. I know this because I obtained a law degree from the faculty a couple of years ago, before I proceeded on a sojourn to the United States to see a different view of the […]

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If You’re Complaining, Maybe It’s Time For A New Job

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By Randy Eldridge I recently came across an article in the Economist that argued that obtaining a Ph.D. was essentially a waste of time. Not to repeat the entire article, what the author bitterly (in my opinion) claims is that the university system “churns” out Ph.D.s at an exceedingly high rate and that there is […]

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How Come Everyone’s Talkin’ Smack About Adjuncts?

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By Lance Eaton I have a request for the great wide Internet.  Please stop talking about me as if I’m some partially-crippled frenzied zombie.  I am not an invalid.  I am not incompetent. I am not ready to self-destruct.  Maybe I should blame myself for using the Google Alerts for letting me know when the […]

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  • PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States

    by Carol Biliczky April Freely’s part-time teaching job at the University of Akron ended in May. So she did the previously unthinkable: She filed for unemployment compensation. She’s among a seemingly growing number of part-time faculty in Ohio who are pursuing state aid after spring semester ends and before the fall one begins. The quixotic […]

  • Cut Your Grading Time In Half

    by Christine Hult IT’S THE END of an arduous semester and your desk is piled high with student papers. You sigh deeply as you contemplate the days of reading and grading that lie ahead of you. Surely there must be a better way? You’ll be happy to learn that recently developed technologies can help you to handle the paper load. Web […]

  • Excuse Me, Are Those Flip Flops You’re Wearing?

    by James Whitley Today’s adult learners are far different from their predecessors of less than a decade ago. Almost without notice we are in the midst of a radical demographic tsunami which is altering the American landscape in everything from religion and health care, to business and education. Dubbed “Generation Why,” this powerful group in […]

  • Precarious Employment and the Struggle for Good Jobs in the University Sector

    by Dan Crow Precarious employment is one of the hallmarks of what is euphemistically called “the new economy.” It has deep roots in the university sector. Recent decades have seen a move away from full-time secure jobs for academic workers, toward reliance on part-time, contingent, relatively low wage jobs. As a cost-savings measure, and as […]

  • Is Distance Education the Meteor and Are Faculty the Dinosaurs?

    by Chris Cumo DEWEY DEFALCO, ASSISTANT to the Director of Distance Learning and Lead Faculty for Distance Learning at Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida, knows that some faculty dislike distance education. DeFalco sees this opposition as the natural inter-generational struggle over an emerging technology. The opponents are older, technophobic professors on the verge of retirement. […]

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