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“End Jewish Privilege” Posters Strewn All Over Chicago College Campus

by Daniel J. Solomon Anti-Semitic fliers calling for an end to “Jewish privilege” have been strewn all over the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to student Eva Zeltser, who posted an image of the poster with her commentary on Tuesday, March 14. “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege,” the flier […]

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Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

Higher education is in a bubble, and bubbles burst. Will it be as bad as the housing meltdown and financial collapse 2008-09? That's hard to say.

by Laura Hollis A group of law students I teach were recently discussing the merits of the traditional three-year law degree program. “Why not only have two years?” one suggested, “The third year could be a practicum, or a working internship.” That same week, an undergraduate student asked me what I thought about five-year business […]

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Hunger and Homelessness Among Comm Coll Students More Pervasive Than Previously Thought

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by P.D. Lesko A new report, titled “Hungry and Homeless in College” reveals substantially higher rates of food insecurity among community college students than previously reported, while rates of housing insecurity and homelessness were consistent with prior estimates.” A 2015 report prepared by the same group, the Association of Community College Trustees, indicated that about half […]

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Have Our Students Turned into Moral Monsters Who Hate Free Speech?

In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings, and shout down speakers they differ with.

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Coaxing the Lion out of its Lair Or, the Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Writing to STEM Students

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by Kris Morrissey Teaching an English Literature class five years ago, the lights went out for no apparent reason. We sat looking at each other, considering the inherent symbolism of light – be it ambient or fluorescent. Then, when nothing happened, our discussion carried on at a deeper, more intense level to match the near […]

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In Chicago, Mass Student/Staff Protests in Support of Adjunct Faculty

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The AdjunctNation Editorial Team According to reporting on Chicagoist.com, groups demanding better treatment, pay and benefits for adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education held several demonstrations across the city Wednesday, including at Loyola University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago. “We are everywhere. I want students to look up in […]

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Non-Tenured Faculty Layoffs at University of Oregon

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by Diane Deitz To save money, the University of Oregon is preparing to trim about 75 jobs from its nontenured faculty, according to United Academics, the labor union representing the faculty. Plans call for reductions of 25 positions from the College of Arts and Sciences, 25 from the College of Education and 25 from other […]

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At Ithaca College Admin and Adjuncts Clash Over Pay & Public Protests

Union members told students they felt that what progress has been made in negotiations is “clearly connected to the rallies” and asked students to keep up their activity in support of faculty efforts. Photo: Josh Brokaw

The union continues to push for more job security for full-time members, and pay parity per credit for part-time members. The last proposal they made on Feb. 24 would increase the college’s budget 0.29 percent over five years, they say, or about $700,000 per year. There are 230 part-time faculty members, that average 19.5 percent of a full-time employee in how much they teach. The faculty union estimates Ithaca College is spending $1,506,960 this year on paying part-time faculty.

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Will Colorado Comm. College System Adjuncts Get the 28 Percent Pay Hike They’re Demanding?

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Caprice Lawless peruses the aisles at the Sister Carmen Community Center and food bank near her home in Louisville. As she draws closer to the produce section, she sees a heap of squash which a volunteer says will not count against her bi-monthly allowance. She heaves one into her shopping cart, just as another volunteer […]

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  • In Nigeria Long-Time PT Lecturers Take to the Courts to Demand FT Status

    by Augustine Aminu Fifty lecturers of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology have petitioned the House of Assembly over their non-engagement after spending between 10 and 15 years in the service of the school. They alleged that they were still accorded the status of part-time lecturers by the management of the institution. […]

  • Study: Infrequent Teacher Evaluations Don’t Identify The Best (or Worst) Teachers

    by Staff Baylor University recently beefed up its evaluation and hiring practices for the school’s lecturers. Adjunct faculty are often re-hired and dismissed based on annual or twice yearly student evaluations. Certainly, poor reviews are often earned. However, it is the exceptional college or university which integrates the evaluation of temporary faculty into the same […]

  • Are Apple & Textbook Publishers Colluding on E-Book Pricing? The U.S. Justice Department Thinks So.

    by James Temple The Justice Department has threatened to sue Apple and major publishers in a high-profile case that could reshape the digital-books market, driving down prices but also potentially shifting market power from publishers to e-commerce giant Amazon. The government warned Apple and five major book companies that it intends to file a lawsuit […]

  • A Wolf in Intellectual’s Clothing

    by Kathy Plann IN COLLEGE CLASSROOMS, as portrayed by Hollywood, there are no female professors. I also couldn’t help noticing that in a sampling of films which span the past two and a half decades, [Jerry Lewis’s “The Nutty Professor” (1963), “Animal House” (1978), Eddie Murphy’s “The Nutty Professor” (1996), and “Road Trip” (2000)]-the male […]

  • How to Manage Classroom Conflict

    By Dr. Bruce Johnson Have you experienced conflict in your classroom? Are you aware of conditions that can disrupt a productive learning environment? Adjuncts often find that discussions can be a source of conflict because students may share diverse views, personal beliefs, or opinions, and that creates a potential for miscommunication, heated debate, and negative […]

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