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Home » October 26th, 2011 Entries posted on “October, 2011”

College of the Canyons Adjuncts Identify & Protest Pay Gap

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by Tammy Marashlian Despite getting a 2-percent raise this year, College of the Canyons’ part-time faculty is paid less than adjunct faculty at many regional community colleges and is below the state average, state data shows. College of the Canyons has about 430 adjunct faculty who teach the majority of classes at the Santa Clarita Valley’s […]

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Being an Adjunct By Choice Is Often All About Timing and Persistence

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By Randy Eldridge It’s been awhile since my last blog and I sure have missed this place! Why, you are asking, have I not posted? Well, before you just decide that I’ve been lazy and slacking off…which I totally would understand….that is not the reason. The reason is because, as an adjunct by choice, I […]

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New Hampshire Adjuncts Snub AAUP, AFT and NEA & Unionize With SEIU

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Adjunct professors at Plymouth State University (PSU) announced on Tuesday they have filed for an election at the Public Employees Labor Relations Board, which is the first step in forming a collective bargaining unit. The question on the ballot is whether the faculty is for or against organizing and becoming a part of a union […]

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Kat Goes Blue: Swearing 101

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By Kat Kiefer-Newman I really try not to swear in class. Many of my students have been gently raised and believe that authority figures should behave with decorum and set a @#*$!^& example. These students are usually recognizable by their insistence on calling me ma’am. Every time they ma’am me, of course, I get another […]

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Occupy Colleges Organizing Nationwide Teach-in To Support Occupy Wall Street Movement

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by P.D. Lesko After successful October 13th Student Solidarity Protests around the country, Occupy Colleges plans nationwide Teach-ins at colleges and universities. For two days beginning November 2, 2011, Occupy Colleges, a grassroots organization bringing awareness to the Occupy Wall Street movement within the college sphere, will organize a National Solidarity Teach-In for colleges and universities […]

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Helping Students Become Self-Directed Learners

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA The phrase self-directed learning is associated with the adult education theory of andragogy, which makes a distinction between teaching adults and children. A child needs to be taught how to learn and adults need guidance with what to learn. Self-directed learning further indicates that an adult student wants to […]

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Union Balks At New Jersey Governor’s Proposal to Move Rutgers Adjuncts To High-Deductible Health Plan

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by J. Fletcher Close to 850,000 current and retired state workers can start choosing new health care plans on October 17, 2011 — a normally routine process that this year forms part of the largest overhaul of public-employee health care in the state. The state’s unfunded liability, defined as future costs expected in the health […]

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Is There Such A Thing As Being TOO Available to Students?

By Jenny Ortiz It’s well known that as a Freeway Flyer, I find myself running from campus to campus to not only get to my classes but to spend more time on each college as a way to remain available to my students. While other instructors are able to spend all day on campus and, […]

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Montana Adjunct Sues Employer Alleging Underpayment of Wages

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A longtime adjunct professor at Carroll College is suing the school, saying it underpaid her for work by wrongly interpreting or ignoring its own payment policies and falsely telling her what she was due. According to a complaint filed last week in District Court in Helena, Lorna Milne has been an adjunct faculty member since […]

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A Hybrid Instructional Approach that Facilitates Learning

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By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Do you have an option to utilize an online classroom shell? Many institutions are offering adjunct instructors an ability to implement this feature. Some adjuncts believe that it is an effective method of supplementing their traditional classroom and others find that it is either too time consuming or ineffective […]

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  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Collective Bargaining But Were Afraid to Ask

    by Michael Mauer Particularly for private sector workers, both the legal and political obstacles to forming a union have become quite formidable in recent years. As a result, unions increasingly seek to bypass the process set out in labor law for filing for an election with the appropriate government agency. Instead, the strategy is to […]

  • Teaching in Cameroon, Central Africa

    by Jon Smythe Teaching English in Cameroon, Central Africa, is a study in diversity and a case of teaching English in challenging circumstances. Often referred to as Africa in miniature because of its mix of climatic zones, language dialects, and plant and animal life, Cameroon offers a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities for EFL teachers. As a U.S. Peace […]

  • Are Apple & Textbook Publishers Colluding on E-Book Pricing? The U.S. Justice Department Thinks So.

    by James Temple The Justice Department has threatened to sue Apple and major publishers in a high-profile case that could reshape the digital-books market, driving down prices but also potentially shifting market power from publishers to e-commerce giant Amazon. The government warned Apple and five major book companies that it intends to file a lawsuit […]

  • NYU Adjunct Faculty Vote to Strike

    The ACT-UAW Local 7902 — a union made up of adjunct professors from NYU and the New School — has negotiated with and made proposals to the NYU administration for nine months regarding health benefits, equitable pay and compensation, among other grievances. The union recently held a vote to see how many of its members were in favor of authorizing a strike against the university and 94 percent of the union’s 2,500 members voted in favor of the strike.

  • Teaching TEFL in Hong Kong is an Uphill Struggle

    The teachers are comfortable with the lack of pressure for results and the easy pace of the curriculum, and they also accept quite happily that the majority of students can’t wait to leave the school at the end of every day instead of staying behind for one of the many club activities that other schools are so busy with.

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