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Boston Adjuncts Divided On Whether To Unionize

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The Service Employees International Union saw both a win and loss in the Boston-area this week. Adjunct faculty at Bentley University narrowly voted against joining a union within days of Lesley University’s part-time professors filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to try and form one. Lesley’s adjunct and part-time professors are looking to Tufts for inspiration. Faculty at […]

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New Study Concludes Undergrads Learn Better When Taught By Non-Tenured Faculty

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by Celia Baker Over the past decade, higher education unions have funded studies that have, without exception, concluded that non-tenured faculty adversely impact student learning. In 2008, InsiderHigherEd.com posted a piece about these studies that reported: “A series of studies being released this week suggest that the current model for using adjuncts — with relatively […]

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At UI After Two Years “Best Practices Study” Changes Slow To Come For Non-Tenured Faculty

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by Christine Des Garennes When Dorothee Schneider talks to people outside of academia about her job as a full-time, nontenure-track professor, this is how she often describes it. “We teach 50 percent more classes than regular faculty, but we make only 50 percent of the annual salary of tenured colleagues in our field.” The Ph.D.-bearing historian, […]

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Faculty Senate Calls for College’s Adjuncts To Be Paid A “Living Wage”

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by H. Teague Faculty Senates have typically excluded non-tenured faculty. In fact, Faculty Senates have remained bastions of privilege, as an AdjunctNation feature article revealed. In 2005, the Iowa State University Faculty Senate debated whether to recommend the creation of tenure-eligible part-time faculty positions. In March 2011, the Faculty Senate approved revisions to the Faculty Handbook policy on […]

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Campus Equity Week Is Just Around the Corner: October 28-Nov 2

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by P.D. Lesko This brief history of Campus Equity Week comes from long-time adjunct activist Chris Storer: The issues of contingent academic employment in higher education are, we believe, universal. They threaten the foundation of human intellectual development and socio-political progress worldwide. CEW/FEW has its roots in a coalition established for a common week of […]

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PTers’ Hours Cut On Over 200 Campuses To Avoid Affordable Healthcare Act

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If one job category stands out for bearing a heavy price from ObamaCare-related cuts to work hours, it might be adjunct college faculty. Part-time employees comprise “more than 75 percent of the total instructional staff as of fall 2009,” according to a 2012 AAUP report. Contrast that with 1969, when just 21 percent of instructional staff was made […]

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  • How Bloom’s Toxonomy Can Make You a Better Teacher

    Used with permission from A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teacher’s of Adults, 7th ed. by Dr. Donald Grieve, Ed.D. Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives If there is a single paradigm that has stood the test of time in education it is Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (Bloom et al., 1956). Published more than half […]

  • Got Copyright? Resources and Information About Fair Use in the Classroom and On-Line

    by P.D. Lesko IN 1842, CHARLES Dickens and his wife, Catherine, traveled to the United States. While trekking cross country, Dickens often spoke in support of an international copyright agreement. The lack of such an agreement enabled printers in the U.S. to publish his books without permission and without paying the Englishman any royalties. This […]

  • Learning Without Borders

    by Evelyn Beck and Sharon M. Lightner IS TODAY’S COLLEGE classroom flexible enough to include 20 students at four colleges in four countries attending the same class together each week? With the help of technology, this was the approach of an unusual class called Experiential International Accounting, which was attended by students from the United […]

  • Teaching and Learning in a Hybrid World: An Interview with Carol Twigg

    by Susan Walsh Veronikas and Michael F. Shaughnessy From 1993 to 1998, Twigg served as Vice President of Educom, one of the precursors to EDUCAUSE. At Educom, she founded the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) and initiated the IMS (Instructional Management Systems) project. Before joining Educom, Twigg served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning Technologies […]

  • 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 […]

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