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Home » February 12th, 2016 Entries posted on “February, 2016”

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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USC Provost Promises Adjuncts Better Working Conditions; SEIU Files Complaint

Provost Michael Quick promised adjuncts better working conditions.

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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USC Student Argues SEIU Adjunct Union Not a Panacea

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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  • Roars From Inside the Pride: LEO

    by P.D. Lesko In the Land of Titles and Distinctions that is the University of Michigan (and higher education in general), the titles of Painter and Custodian bring more riches to their holders than the title of Lecturer. It’s a through-the-looking-glass scenario worthy of Lewis Caroll, and it’s why lecturers on the University of Michigan’s […]

  • 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 […]

  • Journal of Excellence in College Teaching

    by Mark J. Drozdowski As a recently appointed adjunct faculty member, I’ll consider any teaching tips or tricks I can find. Naturally, I eagerly picked up the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, hoping to learn how to become a more effective instructor. Does it help? First, a brief background on the Journal is in order. Founded […]

  • Guest Experts

    by Evelyn Beck EVEN ON-LINE, THE voice of a single course instructor can grow wearisome over the length of a semester. One way to pique student interest, and invigorate your own teaching, is to invite guest experts to interact with your class via Internet bulletin boards or chat rooms. The Internet makes it easier for guest experts to participate. They […]

  • From Russia With Love: Studying and Teaching in Siberia

    by Michael D’Entremont THIS PAST SUMMER I had the exciting opportunity to visit and teach English in Russia–Siberia, to be more specific. It wasn’t always pleasant, but it was a truly amazing experience and worth all the effort. The International Summer Language School is located in the village of Borovoe–about thirty miles outside of Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia […]

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