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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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  • Community College Students Value Internet Access Over Teachers

      By Daniel de Vise Community college students have come to view online education as key to their success above all else, according to a new report billed as the first national survey of students in two-year colleges. Pearson Foundation hired Harris Interactive to survey 1,434 community college students last fall. Here’s the finding that […]

  • Prairie State College P/Timers Set to Organize

    Part-time instructors at Prairie State College in Illinois said they are confident they will organize into a union. The question is when—and what organization will represent them. A group of about 25 adjunct faculty formed Adjunct Instructors United in May 2004 with the intent of organizing into a union and negotiating a new contract. A […]

  • 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 […]

  • Almost 70 Percent of Classroom Faculty Fear The Growth of Online Learning

    Over six million students are now taking at least one online course, upping the rate of online enrollment to 10 times that of traditional higher education. Yet, while the world is reveling in free online classes, faculty members are frightened by the Internet’s growing popularity, according to a survey by the Babson Survey Research Group. The report, which polled […]

  • A review of Teaching Defiance: Stories and Strategies for Activist Educators

    by Kristen Kennedy Calls for change—from student attitudes toward the subjects we teach to the conditions under which adjunct faculty labor—are familiar topics around the water cooler in academe. Rarely, though, do our calls come with specific directions for mapping out the means of achieving those desired ends. But two recent books take on the […]

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