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Fraud: The Reason Why Your International Students May Be Woefully Unprepared


by Daniel Guhr Until recently, it has been easy to ignore the impact of fraud on international education given that little systematic data exists on its breadth and pervasiveness. In addition, raising the issue of fraud is hardly a promising way to gain tenure or to impress a lawmaker who is interested in maximising national […]

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by Mark J. Drozdowski University of Cincinnati president Dr. Nancy Zimpher is the author of several books one of which is titled, A Time for Boldness: A Story of Institutional Change. Ironically, since 2003 Dr. Zimpher has refused to recognize the part-time faculty union formed at her institution. Boldness and institutional change, it would seem, […]

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Internal Report Reveals Harvard Uses An Army of Non-Tenured Faculty To Teach One-Third Of All Courses


By Radhika Jain, Matthew T. Lowe, and Kevin J. Wu David J. Malan ’99 (far right in the photo below), whose introductory computer course CS50 has seen enrollment more than triple since he took over four years ago, epitomizes Harvard’s recent emphasis on good teaching. But that hasn’t guaranteed him a permanent job. Even as the Faculty of […]

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What Online Students Say About… Assessment

by Diane J. Goldsmith, Ph.D. Feedback. Feedback. Feedback • Feedback needs to be timely: “Personal communication and prompt feedback on assignments are essential for any course to be a success.” • Feedback should include grades: “Feedback in the form of grades is essential, and it should come to students frequently!” • Feedback needs to be […]

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If You Think Custom Textbooks Are Good For Students, Think Again


by Jed Davis Textbooks costs, which have far outpaced the cost of inflation in the previous decade, are a longstanding problem among college students. The textbook industry has developed increasingly sophisticated ways to extract profit from their products. The result is a new problem for students, who are becoming more incensed due to the increased […]

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Sessional Faculty in Canada and Adjunct Faculty in the U.S. Share More Than Just An International Border


by Christopher Cumo Eileen Lohka taught French seven years at the University of Calgary as a sessional, what U.S. residents would call an adjunct. She followed her husband, a biologist, to the university and could not find full-time work in a one-university town, though her schedule was no less frenetic for being part-time. Several preparations, grading papers and exams, and advising […]

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by Shari Dinkins Zimmerman. He walks into the classroom, stalks really. Swings behind the podium without looking up. He is clutching a wizened copy of Dubliners. A student behind me moans, a soft exhale. I watch the instructor as he sets down a yellow legal pad. A worn British-style suit, stovepipe pants. He leans forward, […]

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When Faculty Can No Longer Afford To Teach: Ph.D.s on Foodstamps Center Stage in Academe


By Kristina Chew College tuition keeps going up and also the amount of debt students and their families take on. College costs more not because of professors’ salaries: The Chronicle of Higher Education says that, according to the latest data from the 2011 Census, about 360,000 of the 22 million Americans with master’s degrees or higher […]

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Letters to the Editor

Six Years and Counting I have been subscribing to Adjunct Advocate for almost six years. In that time, I have taught at four different institutions, been fired (like clockwork) at the end of every semester, and rehired (like more clockwork) at the beginning of the next semester. I have put over 80,000 miles on my […]

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