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Newsflash to the Older Women of the Local College: “You’re a Very Tangible Part of the Problem.”

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Share by Sandra Keifer I can say this because I’m one of you. Here is a newsflash to the older women of the local college adjunct faculty—you who are supported by engineer husbands and teeter precariously on the high wire of self-esteem, eternally grateful that any local college would hire you: Not only do you [...]

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Questionable Professionalism & New Adjuncts — Drawing the Line

Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. True headline: “Campus Shock: Michigan Professor Actually Takes Nude Pictures…With Student.” Wow. Just wow. Seriously? Where do I begin? When you first read that headline, since you are most likely an educator, don’t you say to yourself, “Ugh, I would never do that!”? I think of myself in this situation [...]

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Are Your Students Prepared For College When They Get To Class?

Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Are your students prepared for your class when they walk through your door? I read an interesting article about the preparedness (or lack thereof) of many college students for what awaits them in higher education. The New York Times article tell us that “the new statistics, part of a [...]

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Ever Miss Being The Student?

Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Do you ever miss being a student? I don’t mean a student of the world, or a life-long learner, as those of us in education tend to be. I don’t mean the Chris Farley in Tommy Boy or Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School type either. I mean a [...]

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For Adjuncts Life Can Be Tough, But Let’s Accentuate the Positive

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Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Let’s accentuate the positive. In this time of protests, war, and crises of epic porportions, perspective is in order for my world. I love my profession and am thankful for the job(s) I have. Too often we focus on what we don’t like or what disappoints us. I want [...]

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When the Prof Misses Being the Student

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Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Do you ever miss being a student? I don’t mean a student of the world, or a life-long learner, as those of us in education tend to be. I don’t mean the Chris Farley in Tommy Boy or Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School type either. I mean a [...]

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Is Google Destroying Higher Education?

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Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. I just read a great book. It’s titled, “The Googlization of Everything,” by Siva Vaidhyanathan and it discusses the impacts of Google technology on our world. Of particular interest to me were the chapters about the impact of Google on higher education, students, and scholarship. The book focuses on [...]

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New Adjunct: The Similarities Between Poker & Teaching Part-Time

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Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. My husband and I belong to a poker group that meets about once per month. It’s a casual game, and we also take turns cooking dinner for each other. Last night was our turn to host, and as we were eating and playing, I pondered the ways in which [...]

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The New Adjunct: A Matter of Trust

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Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. “O Ever-failing trust / in mortal strength!” – John Milton Dr. Johnson beat me to the punch with his May blog, “Do Students Need to Trust Us to Learn?” This is a topic I have been reflecting upon recently because of an interesting book I am reading: Trust Matters: [...]

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The New Adjunct: Rate Your Professor – It’s All About Perspective

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Share By Kathy McBrayer, M.Ed., SPHR I am at a unique time in my career as an adjunct professor.  Not only am I a new adjunct professor, but I am also the mother of a new college student; my son will be a freshman in the fall.  This situation provides a different perspective for me than when my older daughter [...]

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