Planning for the Worst: The Story of Robin Meade

Planning for the Worst: The Story of Robin Meade

By Robin Meade I was sitting in my deposition with the John Murphey, the college attorney sternly questioning me about my claim for damages. I didn’t go to a doctor to be diagnosed for depression because I didn’t have the money. He asked why I didn’t go see a doctor after I found a full time job and […]

The Exorcists: At Duquesne U, Admins Use Religion to Fight Unionization

The Exorcists: At Duquesne U, Admins Use Religion to Fight Unionization

by P.D. Lesko Moshe Z. Marvit is an adjunct at the Duquesne University School of Law. He has a piece posted to InTheseTimes.com is which he writes about Duquesne University’s abrupt about face in response to adjunct faculty attempts to affiliate with the United Steelworkers. Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts voted for the United Steelworkers in the summer of […]

Adams State U Prez Bans “Disruptive” Adjunct Activist From Campus

Adams State U Prez Bans “Disruptive” Adjunct Activist From Campus

by P.D. Lesko “Your presence on campus presents a concern to the campus community; is disruptive and/or you have been previously warned that such behavior will not be tolerated. Your alleged behavior is deemed to be detrimental to the well-being of the institution and/or incompatible with the function of the University.” The excerpt above comes […]

Campus Equity Week Kicks Off With a Quick Counterpunch

Campus Equity Week Kicks Off With a Quick Counterpunch

by P.D. Lesko Campus Equity Week, Oct. 26-30, is here and aimed at drawing attention to the exploitation of low-wage adjunct and contingent faculty at American colleges and universities, and to the impact of colleges’ staffing decisions on students. On campuses from California to Ohio to New York, the country’s adjunct and contingent members will be […]

#FairPayUChicago Targets College’s $183K Pay Gap Between FT & PT Faculty

#FairPayUChicago Targets College’s $183K Pay Gap Between FT & PT Faculty

On Oct 6, 2015, Dr. Wanda Evans-Brewer testified in front of the Chicago Education Commission:  “I am a Ph.D on welfare…there is something wrong with that!” said Dr. Evans-Brewer (pictured left, speaking) at the hearing. Tens days later, on Oct. 16, 2015 staff, graduate students and adjunct faculty rallied for a living wage at the […]

Five Ways You May Be Killing Student Motivation

Five Ways You May Be Killing Student Motivation

by Chase Mielke “What are your thoughts on student motivation?” my principal recently asked. Knowing that I have an interest in motivation, as well as a love of working with at-risk students, he wanted to know my thoughts on why our achievement gap wasn’t narrowing. As a teacher, I of course had many thoughts. But, the […]

Adjuncts Who Teach For The Love of It ARE the Problem

Adjuncts Who Teach For The Love of It ARE the Problem

The following was posted to CASA, a “home online for casual, adjunct, sessional staff and their allies in Australian Higher Education.” In case you thought higher ed. in Oz might be a dream for those who teach as adjuncts, the low pay and lack of institutional support for and over-reliance on temp faculty is just […]

Active Learning vs. Lecturing in the College Classroom

Active Learning vs. Lecturing in the College Classroom

by Paul T. Corrigan One often hears of active learning as a new approach. In contrast, lecturing is the traditional method. Those who support active learning consider it an innovation. Those who do not consider it “another in a long line of educational fads,” as Michael Prince notes. The sequence and chronology remain undisputed either way. Lecturing came first. It has […]

Legally Armed Students in Your Classrooms: Ready or Not Here They Come

Legally Armed Students in Your Classrooms: Ready or Not Here They Come

By Elaine Godfrey A professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin very publicly quitearlier this month in response to a new state law that allows students to bring their handguns into all classrooms and offices — including his 500-person introductory economics lectures. The professor, Daniel Hamermesh, has become a symbol for frustrated faculty […]

Don’t Blame Adjuncts for Grade Inflation—Blame Plummeting Expectations

Don’t Blame Adjuncts for Grade Inflation—Blame Plummeting Expectations

By Donald Hurwitz GRADE INFLATION. The subject is hardly new, and it is real: GPAs on college campuses sit on the border of A-/B+, and grades have ratcheted up a notch every decade or so. It’s hard to make much of academic administrators’ plea for rigor and critical thinking skills when either they’ve already been achieved […]