Back to School

Back to School

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 […]

Minnesota Adjuncts Move Toward Unionizing

Minnesota Adjuncts Move Toward Unionizing

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. […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

At Columbia College Adjunct Union Seeks To Represent Staff

At Columbia College Adjunct Union Seeks To Represent Staff

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 […]

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

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

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,” […]

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

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

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: […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]