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Home » May 20th, 2016 Entries posted on “May, 2016”

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

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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 […]

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Unemployed Summer – Death of an Adjunct #1

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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 […]

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Contract Instructing in Ontario—A Personal Perspective

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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800 Community College of Allegheny County Adjuncts Win Small Pay Hike

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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 […]

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Jokes and Kim Kardashian: Keeping Students Motivated

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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) […]

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  • A Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education

    by Mark J. Drozdowski and P.D. Lesko The Chronicle of Higher Education 49 issues per year, Subscription rate: $75 per year; six month subscription $40.50, 1255 Twenty-Third Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 I’VE OFTEN HEARD that admitting one’s vice is the first step toward recovery, so here goes: I’m a higher education junkie. Quite naturally I scan the […]

  • Excuse Me, Are Those Flip Flops You’re Wearing?

    by James Whitley Today’s adult learners are far different from their predecessors of less than a decade ago. Almost without notice we are in the midst of a radical demographic tsunami which is altering the American landscape in everything from religion and health care, to business and education. Dubbed “Generation Why,” this powerful group in […]

  • 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 […]

  • Got Copyright? Resources and Information About Fair Use in the Classroom and On-Line

    by P.D. Lesko IN 1842, CHARLES Dickens and his wife, Catherine, traveled to the United States. While trekking cross country, Dickens often spoke in support of an international copyright agreement. The lack of such an agreement enabled printers in the U.S. to publish his books without permission and without paying the Englishman any royalties. This […]

  • Plagiarism: A Trio of New Books

    by Vicki Urquhart Plagiarism: Is it symptomatic of greater moral decline? How prevalent is it? How harmful? Do academic honor codes really work? If you’re in the classroom, you’ve asked these questions. Collegiate level plagiarism is an unavoidable issue, yet it is frequently one of the least effectively dealt with. A look at any of […]

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