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

Academic Publishing is Destined to Fail without Better Publisher-Author Partnership

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by Ken Wachsberger IN THE MAY 26, 2014 issue of The Nation, Scott Sherman wrote about the precarious state of academic publishing due largely to pressures it faces, including from declining library budgets, the rise of commercial publishing conglomerates, and especially the growing popularity of electronic publishing, seen by some university press directors as “a decisive rupture from the […]

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University of La Verne Adjuncts’ NLRB Complaints Dismissed for Lack of Merit

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by Imani Tate A union’s failed attempt to organize University of La Verne adjunct professors has prompted increased dialogue and let university officials resume projects that had to be halted when the union began its organizing efforts on the main campus last fall. On Aug. 1, the national office of the National Labor Relations Board formally […]

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DC Adjuncts Aiming to Bargain Unprecedented Citywide Contract

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George Washington University adjuncts and their D.C. colleagues could earn more if they succeed in creating a city-wide contract, which local faculty leaders have proposed for the past two years. Adjunct professors’ plans to negotiate a city-wide contract have dragged on because leaders must first wait for adjunct faculty at every university to form unions. But they […]

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How American Universities Have Destroyed Scholarship in the U.S.

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by Debra Leigh Scott Put simply, universities traditionally have pursued a three-prong mission: 1) to provide excellent educational opportunities, 2) to support scholarly research and study, and 3) to encourage both professional and community service. There has been a lot written recently about how the adjunct situation has negatively impacted our students’ education – and this […]

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Arizona State University Partners With Poynter Institute to Offer PT Journalism Faculty Certification

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The Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will launch an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communications classes at universities and colleges around the country. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely recognized […]

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SEIU Leads Push to Unionize St. Louis, Mo. Adjunct Faculty

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By Koran Addo Nine months out of the year, Andrew Nelson works about 50 hours a week, driving his 1995 Mazda on either 50- or 100-mile round trips every weekday to his college teaching gigs at Lindenwood University in St. Charles and East Central College in Union. He gets paid just $22,000 a year combined […]

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Student Loan Forgiveness Bill for Adjunct Faculty Introduced in U.S. Senate

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As the reliance on part-time faculty grows at colleges and universities across the country, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation that would allow part-time faculty – who are often paid low wages with few benefits – to be eligible to participate in the federal student loan forgiveness program for public servants. In Illinois, more […]

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At Community College, President’s Pay, Perks and P-Card Charges Have Faculty Up In Arms

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At a Michigan community college which employs hundreds of adjuncts in order to keep down costs, a new budgeting strategy which the president says aligns spending with the college’s strategic priorities has faculty up in arms. The college’s latest budget ups funding for instruction and instructional support by 1.4 percent while funding for student aid […]

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Days After U-M’s President Schlissel Starts Job, Feds Launch Title IX Investigation into Sexual Violence at Brown U. Where He Was Provost

Dr. Mark Schlissel, former Brown Provost and U-M's 14th president

by P.D. Lesko In April 2014, Brown U. was in an uproar. There were protests about the “bungled” handling of a student rape hearing. Media described the protests as having provoked a “nationwide uproar.” Meanwhile on April 17 in Ann Arbor, U-M Regents feted Dr. Mark Schlissel and awarded him a $2 million lab. There […]

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  • Miami-Dade’s Reliance on Large Numbers of Adjuncts Could Endager Its Accreditation

    by Michael Vasquez Is Miami Dade College — the nation’s largest community college — in danger of losing its accreditation following the recent warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools? Almost impossible, according to higher education experts, who cite the school’s strong national reputation coupled with the fact that community colleges are rarely, if […]

  • Using Humor In The College Classroom To Enhance Teaching Effectiveness

    by Neelam Kher Humor is a valuable teaching tool for establishing a classroom climate conducive to learning. This article identifies opportunities for incorporating humor in the college classroom, reviews the impact of humor on learning outcomes, and suggests guidelines for the appropriate use of humor. Of particular interest is humor in “dread courses” which students […]

  • Supreme Court Could Hear Second Legal Challenge to Forced Agency Fees Paid by Tens of Thousands of Adjunct Union Members

    There is a case pending in the Seventh Circuit, Janus v. AFSCME, in which three Illinois state employees argue they shouldn’t have to pay “fair share” union dues. Whether it’s that case or another, most of the jurists President Trump has proposed would at least be open to the arguments against mandatory dues, Pell said.

  • Boston Adjuncts Divided On Whether To Unionize

    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 […]

  • Storyboards Aren’t just For Film Directors Anymore

    By Evelyn Beck Storyboarding conjures a vision of filmmakers plotting out their next blockbuster. But it can also be a useful tool for on-line instructors. A storyboard is a plan. It can be as simple as a flow chart, and it can feature only text, though the use of even rough illustrations can provide additional clarity for […]

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