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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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  • Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

    by Jeffrey Young Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom. Sherry Turkle has gone from gracing the cover of Wired magazine for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication. In her most recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power […]

  • Breathless Beauty: Share the secret of undiscovered Bolivia

    by Jacqueline McEwan If I’m unlucky my day starts with the electronic beep-beep I loathe. The 6 a.m. alarm ready for a 7 a.m. class. Yes, 7 a.m….the most popular time for classes here, though often it’s only the teacher who actually makes it on time. Possessing the Bolivian work ethic and a desperate need […]

  • A Review of Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids — and What We Can Do About It

      by Steven Knapp Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have written a lucid, passionate and wide-ranging book on the state of American higher education and what they perceive as its increasing betrayal of its primary mission — for them, the teaching of undergraduates. That both are academics — one a well-known professor (Mr. Hacker) and […]

  • New Study: Who’s NOT Reading Books in America? (The Answer May Surprise You)

    The share of Americans who report not reading any books in the past 12 months is largely unchanged since 2012, but is slightly higher than in 2011, when the Center first began conducting surveys of book-reading habits. That year, 19 percent of adults reported not reading any books.

  • Readers Ask. The Adjunct Advisor Answers.

    by the Adjunct Advisor Students Failing to Cite Sources As part of the course requirements for a Ceramics I class, the students had to complete a brief (approx. 500 words) research paper on a historic ceramic time/culture, such as Ancient Greece, Africa, Italian Renaissance, etc. On the first day of class in January they were […]

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