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Home » November 18th, 2015 Entries posted on “November, 2015”

Higher Ed. is Under Attack from Within by Disaffected Students

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by James H. “Smokey” Shott College campuses — once the bastion of diverse opinion, a garden where ideas thrived, where contrary viewpoints were freely expressed — are fast becoming cesspools of narrow-mindedness that stifle free speech, where political correctness rules over common sense, where free thinking is discouraged, and they are occupied more and more by […]

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Profs Making Friends with Students? Why Not?

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A few months ago I needed somewhere to crash after a university social event and decided to stay at a student’s house. I planned this in advance, because I knew that I’d miss the last train home, and my partner was fine with the arrangement. But when I mentioned it to colleagues, I could tell […]

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Stagnating Adjunct Salaries at One College Explained—$50,000 Consultants Save University $3000

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More great satire from our brilliant friends at  The Cronk of Higher Education A crack team of consultants from Barney, Whittams & Crones, LLC visited Drewrey College last week to investigate concerns that the institution may use outdated or inefficient fiscal practices. The consultants met first with the president and twenty-seven vice presidents to get […]

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Satire: Post Dramatic Stress Disorder Hits Academe

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from The Cronk of Higher Education Employee Assistance Programs from across the country have been inundated with requests for psychological intervention on almost every college campus in order to help faculty and staff members dealing with the effects of Post Dramatic Stress Disorder. PDSD is an ever-growing phenomenon now under study for consideration in the […]

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Explaining The Higher Ed. Exodus

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by Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr. In the last few months a significant number of college faculty and administrators have stated – some officially and some to colleagues and friends through social media – that they plan to leave higher education. This new trend is adding to the many challenges faced by colleges and universities, and […]

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Dutch Legislature Strengthens Temp. Faculty Contracts, Universities Thwart New Law

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At universities in the Netherlands, an increasing number of university academic staff are being employed on flexible contracts, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported in 2014. Over the past 17 years, the number of university staff on flexible contracts has doubled, rising to 40% in 2012. If Ph.D. students, most of whom are on temporary contracts, […]

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Study Examines Whether Online Adjuncts Have it any Better Than Their On Campus Counterparts

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by Meris Stansbury According to a new report, online adjunct faculty are experiencing many of the same challenges as on-campus adjuncts, mainly because the same policies governing on-campus adjuncts are used for those in online programs. But that’s only the tip of the online adjunct practice iceberg. According to the report—a joint project of WCET […]

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Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

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by Andrew Miller Rubrics are a beast. Grrrrrrr! They are time-consuming to construct, challenging to write and sometimes hard to use effectively. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the web, plus tools to create them, and as educators, it can overwhelm us. Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning. […]

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Second Class Citizen No More: Adjunct Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against His Own Union

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by P.D. Lesko Last week, adjunct faculty activist Keith Hoeller, co-founder of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association and the Editor of Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System (Vanderbilk Press, 2014), filed an unfair labor complaint with the Washington State Public Employee Relations Commission against his college employer, as well as  United Faculty Coalition, […]

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  • SEIU Uses Organizing Strategy Developed in DC To Organize Boston’s PTers

    by Mariah Quinn “We said yes.” That was the consensus of a group of over 100 adjunct professors after a day of panels and discussions about organizing contingent faculty in the Boston metro area to raise standards for their profession. The event was held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Saturday, and […]

  • Review:The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education and Black Issues in Higher Education

    by Mark J. Drozdowski Popping open a Diet Coke, I sat down recently to pore over the mail’s latest delivery: The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. I must admit that, upon first glance, it’s rather intimidating–160 oversize pages, chock full of text and framed by a stark white cover featuring a lengthy table of […]

  • How to Ace a Virtual Interview

    by Evelyn Beck First off, to nab an on-line teaching job, you had better know your way around the Internet. “The main thing I look for is somebody who’s got a degree of comfort on-line, who has navigated Web sites, set up e-mail,” says Catherine Flynn, Director of Faculty for the School of Arts & […]

  • CMU Adjuncts Filing To Unionize

    Adjunct faculty at Central Michigan University will vote for union representation in May 2010. Several adjunct faculty filed in February 2010 for a union representation election with Michigan Employment Relations Commission. The group of adjunct faculty, named The Union of Teaching Faculty, has worked with The American Federation of Teachers — Michigan since May 2009. […]

  • Cloud Computing Research Tools — Free Resources For Faculty

    by G. Andrew Page Twenty-first Century research is increasingly becoming reliant on information and communication technologies to address systemic and distinct educational problems through greater communication, interaction, and inquiry. Research is an interactive inquiry process. In many instances this involves interaction with people. We also interact with technology and through technology to improve our educational […]

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