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Want to Be An Inspiring Teacher? Answer This Question: Why Do You Teach?

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By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Your work as an adjunct instructor – do you remember how it all began? What initially inspired you to teach? Do you still feel the same today? If you have been teaching for any length of time you probably have a familiar routine established. You understand what’s expected for […]

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A Little Raillery: Long-time Adjunct Instructor Lands Job as President of University

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Following a lengthy search for a new president, marked by the firing of two very expensive search firms, the Board of Trustees at City State University has announced an unparalleled decision in the appointment of Dr. Amy Wits, an adjunct instructor of communications, drawn from CSU’s own ranks. This is the first time in known […]

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Can College Trustees Be Pushed To Solve the “Adjunct Problem?”

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By Erin O’Connor and Maurice Black For years now, a sad, steady flow of articles, books, and studies has documented the rise of the “disposable academic,” the growing underclass of poorly paid, uninsured Ph.D.s who do the bulk of college teaching but have no real chance of ever landing a secure academic job. This is […]

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If You Think The Treatment of Adjuncts Doesn’t Impact Tenured Faculty, Think Again

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by Jonathan Rees While this piece from the NYT‘s business section is designed for any worker, it should have special relevance for academics: These are the kinds of comments I hear in my work as a consultant: • “I’m overwhelmed, and with all the changes going on here, it’s getting worse. There aren’t enough hours in the […]

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LinkedIn Reports “Adjunct Professor” is The Fastest Growing Job Title in America

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Official statistics can tell you how many workers were jobless last month, how many had college degrees and how many worked in construction. But they cannot tell you how many know Hadoop, a software for managing data that is much in demand these days. LinkedIn, however, says it knows that, and much else gleaned from […]

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Too Many Ph.D.s? Those Who Say Yes Are Just Wrong.

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by Ken Mondschein Two sides are shaping up in the debate on the troubled state of American higher education. The one, which I’ll call the Tories, looks back to the glory days of Baby Boomer expansion. The humanities and the right to a liberal education are sacred to this camp, as is tenure. Hard times […]

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A Little Raillery: An Open Letter to American Parents From the PT Prof Proletariat

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by Kathryn A. Higgins One day while I was waiting in line for my daily one free cup of coffee – a perquisite of my job of being an adjunct college professor — a colleague of mine surreptitiously stuffed this into my (enormous, paper-laden) book bag. Although the noise and confusion in the busy cafeteria […]

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

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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 […]

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Boston College Axes Adjunct Over Religious Views

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Several students are protesting the decision by Boston College to not renew the contract of an adjunct professor in its School of Theology and Ministry who has openly questioned why the Catholic church won’t ordain women. The Boston College mission statement on its website talks about the Jesuit foundation of the school that makes it […]

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Faculty Complain That Union Bullies Its Own Members & Is Too Aggressive With Management

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by Matthew Pearson and Andrew Pinsent Faculty members at Algonquin College are speaking out against their union’s leaders who are currently embroiled in a war of words with the college’s administration over the sorry state of labour relations on campus. At issue is the high number of outstanding grievances the faculty union, Ontario Public Sector […]

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  • A Review of “The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy”

    The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber (University of Toronto Press, 2016; $26.95) Reviewed by Christina Turner Symbols of the neoliberal university in Canada are so common these days it’s hard not to feel inured to them sometimes. Stories of $1 million signs going up next […]

  • On-Line Degrees: How Employers View Them

    by Evelyn Beck HOW ARE EMPLOYERS judging the value of the courses we’re teaching on-line? What do they think of candidates whose entire degree was earned via the Internet? The results of a number of recent studies are mixed, with many business professionals uneasy about the quality of on-line learning but a majority of academics convinced […]

  • Developing Adjunct Faculty Part 2

    by Richard Lyons AS DISCUSSED IN my last column, employing adjunct instructors provides our institutions many benefits beyond reducing overall instructional costs. These include enriching our curricula with real-world perspectives, offering highly specialized courses for increasingly demanding students, cultivating linkages to community resources, and providing staffing flexibility. As any critical resource does, however, adjunct faculty requires […]

  • Promoting Collaborative Learning in The Online Environment: How Can Faculty Overcome Challenges?

    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 […]

  • 500 American University Part-Timers Consider Joining SEIU

    by Chris Lewis Starting today, adjunct faculty at American University will begin voting on whether or not to join the Service Employees International Union. Supporters say collective bargaining can help improve pay and job security for adjuncts, the academic world’s version of migrant labor. Non-tenure-track faculty are generally paid much less than their tenured counterparts […]

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