Colleagues Abroad: Part-time Lecturers in the UK Speak Out—”I don’t make enough for rent”

Colleagues Abroad: Part-time Lecturers in the UK Speak Out—”I don’t make enough for rent”

Steve Hanson, 44, part-time lecturer in political sociology I have a doctorate from a great university; I’ve worked on government research projects, and have more published work than many tenured staff. I have been hourly-paid for about five years now, but HR departments have been alert enough to knock me out of the system before […]

Professor Watchlist is Watching YOU

Professor Watchlist is Watching YOU

by David M. Perry “Expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” This is the stated aim of the Professor Watchlist, a website that went live on Nov. 19. The project comes from Turning Point USA, a nonprofit group funded to support the work […]

Are Students Now Entitled to Freedom FROM Free Speech in the Classroom?

Are Students Now Entitled to Freedom FROM Free Speech in the Classroom?

In the current climate, the pressure to “balance free speech and diversity” has invariably led to the notion that the former must give way to the latter. And the way free speech has been made less important than diversity can be clearly seen in the way universities frame their mission statements.

How One PTer Won a “Strive for Excellence” Conference Scholarship & You Could, Too!

How One PTer Won a “Strive for Excellence” Conference Scholarship & You Could, Too!

It’s easy to take myths and, by constant repetition, give them the patina of reality. The same thing is happening in higher education. There are these myths about part-time faculty. Part-time faculty don’t conduct research. Part-time faculty don’t attend academic conferences. Part-time faculty don’t care about professional development. All part-time faculty are “drive-by” professors. The truth […]

Stories From the Adjunct Professorate: Bittersweet and, Yes, Bitter

Stories From the Adjunct Professorate: Bittersweet and, Yes, Bitter

As I speak to contingent faculty from New York to Texas, Seattle to San Francisco, it becomes increasingly clear that academic penury has become the order of the day. This is occurring at a time when higher education – and some salaries associated with it – are booming.

As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control

As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control

by Jon Marcus By now you’ve likely seen the viral “University Title Generator” meme that parodies the culture of academic bureaucracy by listing made-up administrative titles such as “deputy vice president of the committee on community climate,” “principal deputy dean of the committee on learning affairs,” and “temporary lead deputy chancellor of facilities compliance of […]

Youngstown OH Passes PT Worker Bill of Rights—650 Youngstown U Adjuncts Benefit

Youngstown OH Passes PT Worker Bill of Rights—650 Youngstown U Adjuncts Benefit

The bill requires employers to provide part-timers’ work schedules at least two weeks in advance, upon request; pay part-timers the same starting hourly wage as full-timers whose jobs “require equal skill, effort and responsibility;” and give them proportional access to sick leave, personal leave and vacation.

Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega Earlier this week, I realized that we had passed the mid-semester mark (our semester is uncharacteristically long, 16 weeks of class instead of the traditional 13 that I used to teach in Canada). I thus added a couple of extra slides to my PowerPoint presentation recapping our progress to date and how […]

Confessions of a MOOC Prof: What I Learned and What I Worry About

Confessions of a MOOC Prof: What I Learned and What I Worry About

Indeed, despite the large dropout rate, MOOCs certainly end up serving a significant number of students. If the initial enrollment in a MOOC is 40,000 and only 4,000 actually complete the course, that’s still a lot of students compared to a traditional classroom. A professor teaching four courses a year in classes with 30 students each would have to teach for more than 33 years to reach 4,000 students.