Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom

Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom

by Shawn Orr I love technology! I guess if I’m being completely honest, what I really love is the engagement, excitement, and interactivity that technology brings to my college classroom. I’m not talking about the bells and whistles (although that’s fun, too), but the true engagement that happens when I use technology that really resonates […]

The Mentor is In: Crafting a Syllabus Your Students Will Read and Use

The Mentor is In: Crafting a Syllabus Your Students Will Read and Use

by Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins All across the country, instructors answer a variety of student questions with, “It’s in the syllabus.” We all struggle with getting our students to read the syllabus and refer back to it. Today’s syllabi are long and filled with required policies designed to protect students and faculty. Each semester it seems we add […]

USC Provost Promises Adjuncts Better Working Conditions; SEIU Files Complaint

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 […]

USC Student Argues SEIU Adjunct Union Not a Panacea

USC Student Argues SEIU Adjunct Union Not a Panacea

by Valerie Yu Last Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board announced landmark results for USC’s faculty union vote, allowing USC, the largest private university in the state, to organize faculty. Though unions aren’t good or bad per se, it’s paramount to keep in mind that they also aren’t a panacea to the growing concerns of […]

I Teach University Physics, But I’m on Government Assistance

I Teach University Physics, But I’m on Government Assistance

by Andrew Robinson Recently, I had a perfectly reasonable request from a student who wanted to review an exam from last term. I was unable to comply with this request because to do so would be to give my employer more of my time for free. As a dedicated teacher, I am extremely sad about […]

New Study: Small Percentage of Ph.D.s End up Employed as FT Profs

New Study: Small Percentage of Ph.D.s End up Employed as FT Profs

by Becky Rynor Graduates themselves are often unsure of where to look for opportunities outside academe. Valerie Walker admits it wasn’t so long ago that she was “that grad student” wondering what the heck she was going to do if she didn’t stay in academia.  After graduating in 2009 with a Ph.D. in physiology from McGill […]