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Planning for the Worst: The Story of Robin Meade

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

In response to slow and low pay for adjunct faculty, Danny Ledonne has spoken out about alleged violations in the Colorado Fair Pay Act by Adams State University.

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 […]

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Campus Equity Week Kicks Off With a Quick Counterpunch

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Five Ways You May Be Killing Student Motivation

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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 […]

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Adjuncts Who Teach For The Love of It ARE the Problem

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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 […]

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Active Learning vs. Lecturing in the College Classroom

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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  • Review of Guiding Students from Cheating and Plagiarism to Honesty and Integrity: Strategies for Change

      Review of Guiding Students from Cheating and Plagiarism to Honesty and Integrity: Strategies for Change by Ann Lathrop and Kathleen Foss, 2005 Reviewed by Greg Beatty Guiding Students from Cheating and Plagiarism to Honesty and Integrity is a useful and fascinating book. Guiding Students provides a host of useful tools that can be applied […]

  • Part-Time Faculty Union Prez Publishes Op-Ed Calling His Own Members “Monsters”

    by Mark James Miller The American higher educational system has created a monster — the out-of-control growth of part-time or adjunct faculty. In its over-reliance on part-time instructors, higher education has built a house of sand. In colleges and universities across the country, budgets are developed and strategic plans made that assume contingent faculty will carry […]

  • Winterize Your Car

    by Brent Romans If you were to ask your car where it would want to live, and it just so happened to be a talking car, it would most likely say “Southern California.” “It’s warm there, the roads are fairly decent, and I might get to see a movie star,” it would say. If you […]

  • Evaluating Adjunct Faculty

    by Richard Lyons IN THE INCREASINGLY competitive, accountability-conscious environment of higher education, all of us are seeking cost-effective ways of improving our institutional effectiveness. Assuming your institution, division, or department employs a significant number of part-time instructors, I would encourage you to invest time at the end of this academic year to analyze your process for […]

  • USC Provost Promises Adjuncts Better Working Conditions; SEIU Files Complaint

    by James Song The Los Angeles Times is reporting that union officials alleged on Feb. 9 that USC officials interfered with attempts to organize non-tenure-track faculty by promising them better working conditions and implying that employees would lose rights if they unionized. Faculty at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the oldest school at USC, voted […]

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