Why Not Every Student (or Prof) Deserves a Letter of Recommendation

Why Not Every Student (or Prof)  Deserves a Letter of Recommendation

Jackie Jones is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Multimedia Journalism at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism. In her essay for the Morgan Global Journalism Review, Jones tackles the subject of letters of recommendation. She writes, “My decision about whether to write a recommendation is also guided by the four […]

Unemployed Summer – Death of an Adjunct #1

Unemployed Summer – Death of an Adjunct #1

by Monica Paige DePaul I have recently finished the last of my grading for the spring 2016 semester. The essays weren’t bad, all things considered, but I’m still drowning in anxiety for a different reason. Every summer term, I need to endure about eight weeks or so of having no income at all—hardly anyone signs […]

Contract Instructing in Ontario—A Personal Perspective

Contract Instructing in Ontario—A Personal Perspective

by Andrew Robinson I am a relative newcomer to contract instructing, having moved to Ontario from Saskatchewan in 2010, for family reasons related to health care for my younger son, who 
is a special-needs child. We moved from Saskatchewan because we were unable to get the health care we needed for him. My wife and I […]

Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s

Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s

by P.D. Lesko The latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” relies on data from the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. The report concludes that a high percentage of newly-minted Ph.D.s complete school with “significant debt” and without jobs. Yet, colleges continue to enroll increasing numbers of doctoral candidates. Cue up “Casablanca” and Claude Rains’s […]

Do This, and Your Students Will Never Miss Class Again

Do This, and Your Students Will Never Miss Class Again

by Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins Senior Digital Educator, Cengage Learning Growing up, you heard the lectures from your parents. And then you went to school and heard even more lectures. And once you arrived in college, you were just about lectured-out. However, now you teach, and you do what you know best. You lecture! Okay, perhaps you don’t—but […]

800 Community College of Allegheny County Adjuncts Win Small Pay Hike

800 Community College of Allegheny County Adjuncts Win Small Pay Hike

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the board of the Community College of Allegheny County today unanimously approved a three-year contract with its roughly 800 adjunct faculty members. CCAC spokeswoman Elizabeth Johnston said the collective bargaining agreement includes a pay raise of $50 in the first year, $25 in the second year and $5 in […]

Jokes and Kim Kardashian: Keeping Students Motivated

Jokes and Kim Kardashian: Keeping Students Motivated

by Jenny Ortiz A a Freeway Flyer, I’ve been given some tough time slots to teach. Currently I have a 7 in the morning business writing class at St. John’s and at at LaGuardia Community College a 6 in the evening writing class that ends at 10  (this is alongside my other courses for the semester) […]