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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Do MOOCs Spell Disaster For Adjunct Faculty?

Do MOOCs Spell Disaster For Adjunct Faculty?

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 […]

Summer Semester Blues

Summer Semester Blues

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States

PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States

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 […]