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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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  • In Nigeria Long-Time PT Lecturers Take to the Courts to Demand FT Status

    by Augustine Aminu Fifty lecturers of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology have petitioned the House of Assembly over their non-engagement after spending between 10 and 15 years in the service of the school. They alleged that they were still accorded the status of part-time lecturers by the management of the institution. […]

  • The On-line Lecture

    by Evelyn Beck Conscientious instructors wouldn’t think of spending a class period reading to their students in a monotone from lecture notes that only summarize the homework reading assignment. Lectures, we all know, need to capture students’ interest. Nevertheless, when it comes to on-line lectures, that same care is rarely applied. Perhaps because we lack […]

  • A Review of Moving a Mountain

    by Diane Calabrese Moving a Mountain Transforming the Role of Contingent Faculty in Composition Studies and Higher Education Edited by Eileen E. Schell and Patricia Lambert Stock 2001–National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, Illinois A CONCORDANCE FOR this volume would be a bit dreary. Words such as exploit, fight and complain would rank among those […]

  • How to Find a Job Teaching On-Line

    by Evelyn Beck CAROL CONRAD HAS continued to teach on-line business courses for two California colleges despite moving first to Virginia and then to Florida. “If the student can be anywhere, why not the instructor?” she says. As distance education offers greater flexibility for students, so it has also meant more options for adjunct faculty, who are invited in an increasing […]

  • Reviewing the Situation

    I walk my kids to school on Monday mornings. They chatter away about whatever their latest interests are, and I listen. Walking them means I get started with work a little later than usual. Generally, I am in my office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., pretty standard hours. However, it takes […]

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