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

On Course

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

Nervous man trying to give a speech

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?


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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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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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


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


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?


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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