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Home » July 30th, 2013 Entries posted on “July, 2013”

San Jose State MOOC Experiment Suggests MOOC Pushers May Be Selling Snake Oil

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by Michael Hiltzik Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn’t taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll up […]

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Unionization Boosts Pay For Adjunct Faculty, But Adjuncts Deserve More Than a Boost

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by P.D. Lesko Science, the magazine, posted this to the Careers section of its website on July 29th: For the 37% of America’s college and university teachers who are adjuncts working part-time and off the tenure track, unionization makes a difference, reports Inside Higher Ed. In the past few years, adjuncts on a small but growing number of campuses […]

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Do MOOCs Spell Disaster For Adjunct Faculty?

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by David S. D’Angelo Within higher education, non-tenured faculty are not only on the front lines of higher education, their jobs are most often impacted tremendously by technological and political changes that impact higher education. Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act) has had a devastating impact on part-time faculty from Florida to […]

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Summer Semester Blues

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by Emily Van Duyne For the humble adjunct, or at least for this one, the semester break is not the greatest time. My last paltry paycheck for spring 2013 has already cleared (and been spent on bills) and my summer sections are about three weeks away. I always have grand plans– write poems! revise that […]

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Definition of Crazy? FTer Gives Up Teaching Job For Life As An “Entrepreneurial Journalist” and Adjunct

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by Laurie White Other things you might miss once they’re not there anymore include paid sick leave, paid time off, and a chunk of a bi-weekly paycheck I took for granted for a very long time. Like many idealistic people who dare to dream of occupational change at mid-life, I let these things go on […]

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Did PTer Protests Cost Adjunct David Petraeus $199,999? CUNY Cuts $200K Salary To $1

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Adjunct faculty, who currently teach more than half of CUNY’s courses, get just a few thousand dollars per course. Two weeks ago, Gawker Media filed a Freedom of Information Act request and learned that the City University of New York was offering General David Petraeus a $200,000 salary for conducting a seminar on “developments that could position […]

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1,464 PT Faculty Jobs On the Line At City College of San Francisco Thanks To Accreditation Mess

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by P.D. Lesko At the City College of San Francisco, there are more than 3,000 jobs on the line thanks to the decision of the accrediting agency to pull CCSF’s accreditation. Among those 3,000 people who will lose their jobs if administrators don’t come up with a solution quickly, are some 1,464 part-time faculty. It […]

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PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States

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by Carol Biliczky April Freely’s part-time teaching job at the University of Akron ended in May. So she did the previously unthinkable: She filed for unemployment compensation. She’s among a seemingly growing number of part-time faculty in Ohio who are pursuing state aid after spring semester ends and before the fall one begins. The quixotic […]

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  • The Part-Timer Who’s Taking On Makerere University

    by Rosebell Kagumire Over 200 students at Makerere University, in Uganda, could miss their graduation due next January 2009. This is because a part-time lecturer who hasn’t been paid for a year by the university is withholding student’s dissertations and marks until the university clears his monies. Mr. Booker Sentongo, who has been a part-time […]

  • The Best American Travel Writing 2005

    by Jeffrey M. Freedman Travel writing serves the indispensable need to transport readers, through vivid description and narratives, to foreign locales that they have either not been able to visit, or are preparing to visit and want to know more about. Generic travel books appeal to the traveling herd, the voyagers who just want to […]

  • More Questions than Answers: A Review of Aiding Students, Buying Students and 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Diversity

    by Mark Drozdowski I’m always eager to sink my reviewing teeth into a new book on higher education, yet somehow the prospect of digesting one on the history of financial aid didn’t initially thrill me. While important, financial aid doesn’t rank among the sexiest topics. But Rupert Wilkinson pulls it off with his new book, […]

  • Obama’s New Chief of Staff Forced FT Faculty at NYU To Cross Adjunct Union Picket Lines

    President Barack Obama may have crossed labor unions yet again this week when he named former budget director Jack Lew to be his fourth chief of staff in just three years. News broke last week that Obama had deployed the Coast Guard to protect grain ships from longshoremen union members and occupiers in Washington State, but now a […]

  • The Before, During & After of a Great Lecture

    The lecture can be an immensely effective tool in the classroom, allowing an instructor to provide an overarching theme that organizes material in an illuminating and interesting way. The instructor must take care, however, to shape the lecture for the specific audience of students who will hear it and to encourage those students to take […]

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