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Home » April 30th, 2014 Entries posted on “April, 2014”

Back to School

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By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Ask, and you shall receive! Awhile back I wrote a blog about my desire to become a student again. Oh, how I missed the back-to-school feeling, the excitement of the new syllabus and mapping out the course assignments. Well, fate has struck and I am enrolled in a Post-Master’s Certificate […]

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Minnesota Adjuncts Move Toward Unionizing

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Adjunct faculty members at Macalester College have taken the first formal step to form a union, joining a national movement to organize the growing number of temporary instructors in college classrooms. On Thursday, campus organizers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election for temporary faculty members at the St. […]

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It’s Student Evaluation Time—Are Student Evals Worthless?

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by Rebecca Schuman It’s student evaluation time again—and I should be the last professor in the world to complain. With slight exceptions for “caring too much” and courses that meet “too early” (9:10 a.m.), my evaluations are quite good. And yet the student evaluations of teaching (SETs) I’ve received during my decade-long teaching career have meant absolutely nothing. This is […]

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Students Protest Lack of Due Process in Adjunct Faculty Hiring/Dismissal Decisions

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by Danielle Fox When Sandra Saba found out the University of Pittsburgh did not rehire her favorite professor, Bobbie Jo Duffy, she began demanding answers from Pitt’s administration about transparency. Saba asked for better treatment of adjuncts and, above all, the return of Duffy to the American Sign Language department. Duffy worked at Pitt for five […]

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AAUP Annual Salary Survey: PT Faculty Pay 1/10 of What’s Paid to Tenured Profs.

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Surveys show that adjunct professors make $18,000 to $30,000 for the equivalent of full-time work, compared with “tenure track” professors who earn $68,000 to $116,000 (plus benefits), according to the American Association of University Professors. Meanwhile, the percentage of faculty in those coveted tenure jobs has been steadily dropping: only 3 in 10 today, down from […]

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At Columbia College Adjunct Union Seeks To Represent Staff

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by Tatiana Walk-Morris An online petition aimed at gaining adjunct faculty union representation for staff members has prompted a P-Fac and administrative response about its legal implications. Staff Who Teach, a group of more than 70 full-time staff members—some of whom are members of the United Staff of Columbia College staff union and teach part-time at […]

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Report Highlights Importance of More Fully Engaging Part-Time Faculty at Community Colleges

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Despite the fact that, compared to full-time faculty, community college part-time faculty have less teaching experience, hold fewer advanced degrees, and are not on a tenure track, they are most often assigned to teach students who require more help, says a new University of Texas at Austin report. According to “Contingent Commitments: Bringing Part-Time Faculty Into Focus,” […]

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Colleges Become Gated Communities for the Rich—Staffed By The Working Poor

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Attending a four-year public college may soon be out of reach for all but the wealthiest. This is the greatest assault yet to the American dream. by Andy Kroll A few months ago, Bobby Stapleton, a 21-year-old student at the University of Michigan, received a phone call from his younger brother. The good news came first: […]

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The Most Dangerous States In Which To Teach College (If You Think Carrying Concealed Firearms Are Dangerous)

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by Hannah Gold According to the Law Center to Prevent Violence, 26 bills in 12 states that lift restrictions on the ability to carry a concealed weapon on a university or college campus are currently pending in state legislatures. In the past few years seven states have fought tooth and nail to wrestle the control […]

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Arizona Community College Gives FT Faculty and Staff 1 Percent Raises—Adjuncts Get $7/Credit Hour

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Central Arizona College employees will get a pay increase and tuition will increase by $3 per credit hour following Tuesday action by the college Board of Governors. The board voted unanimously for an across-the-board 1 percent pay increase for employees and a $7 pay increase per credit for adjunct or part-time faculty. The increase is […]

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  • Adjuncts Rally for Union at Temple University

    by Rosella Eleanor LaFevre The Adjunct Organizing Committee, a group that aims to unionize Temple’s part-time faculty, declared the week of Nov. 16th Adjunct Awareness Week. Members of the committee stood at the Bell Tower around noon every day through Nov. 20th. The AOC has worked for several years to unionize adjuncts. Its goals are […]

  • A Review of Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty

    by Amy O’Loughlin Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty by Richard E. Lyons addresses the needs of adjunct professors and provides how-to strategies to improve one’s teaching effectiveness and course management efficiency. The book targets those of you who have established your part-time teaching careers, and it is intended to be a “book you will carry […]

  • From Koala to Kangaroo—Getting Your Students Hopping With Active Learning

    by Shawn Orr, Digital Educator  You’ve probably seen this chart or another many times over the course of your teaching. Basically, it’s saying that we remember very little of what somebody talks to us about. We remember more if we can see it. We remember much more if we can actually practice it and experience […]

  • AFT Adopts Standards For P/T Faculty

    by Conrad de Aenlle A highlight of the 2002 AFT convention was adoption of “The Standards of Good Practice in the Employment of Part-time/ Adjunct Faculty: A Blueprint for Raising Standards and Ensuring Financial and Professional Equity.” The report documents the increasing exploitation of part-time and adjunct faculty. Part-timers now teach over 50 percent of […]

  • Traveling the Globe With Your Students

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders RIDE ON A GONDOLA, waltz on the Piazza San Marco at midnight, or spend the evening riding a vaporetto (waterbus) the length of the Grand Canal. Or visit a Fulani village in West Africa, where the environment is so friendly and peaceful that nonverbal communication transcends the spoken word. History, art, music, and a challenging […]

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