Putting the Focus on Student Engagement in Blended Learning Courses

Putting the Focus on Student Engagement in Blended Learning Courses

by Meg Gorzycki, Ed.D. Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, San Francisco State University Hybrid teaching and blended learning are fundamentally concerned with providing an environment in which students assume responsibility for seeing information and completing tasks necessary to understand the material. As students assume such responsibility, the instructor becomes less of a “sage on the stage” […]

Janus v. AFSCME—Adjuncts Could Be No Longer Required to Pay Union Agency Fees

Janus v. AFSCME—Adjuncts Could Be No Longer Required to Pay Union Agency Fees

by David Savage The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deal a sharp blow to the unions that represent millions of teachers and other public employees, announcing Thursday it will consider striking down the mandatory fees that support collective bargaining—so-called agency fees. The justices will hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, […]

In Alleged Breach of Policy, University of Montana Sends Notice of Non-Renewal to 40 Lecturers

In Alleged Breach of Policy, University of Montana Sends Notice of Non-Renewal to 40 Lecturers

by Keila Paller The University of Montana has sent letters notifying an estimated 40 lecturers that their contracts will end on Dec. 31, 2017. In the letter, Provost Beverly Edmond said individuals who do not have tenure “have no expectation to reappointment or renewal.” “Per University Policy 350, the purpose of this letter is to […]

SEIU-Affiliated Adjunct Union Pushes Siena College for Almost $5K per Course in First Contract

SEIU-Affiliated Adjunct Union Pushes Siena College for Almost $5K per Course in First Contract

Non-tenure-track faculty at Siena College voted to form a collective bargaining unit affiliated with Service Employees International Union in June 2015. The vote was 86 to 27 among adjuncts and 16 to 5 among visiting professors. Siena is the second New York campus in a week to approve an SEIU-affiliated adjunct union, after Ithaca College. […]

Pittsburgh FT Faculty Threaten Strike and Adjuncts Organized by United Steelworkers Say They Won’t “Pick up the Slack”

Pittsburgh FT Faculty Threaten Strike and Adjuncts Organized by United Steelworkers Say They Won’t “Pick up the Slack”

by Colin DeppenMore than a year after they began, contract talks between Point Park officials and the university’s unionized full-time faculty remain ultimately fruitless. In response, university officials this week placed an ad seeking temporary faculty to fill the void in the event of a work stoppage, as thePittsburgh Business Times first reported.But if push comes […]

When Social Media Posts Cost Adjuncts Their Teaching Jobs

When Social Media Posts Cost Adjuncts Their Teaching Jobs

Run-ins with students who then complained used to be one of the main reasons adjunct faculty found themselves out of work. However, with the growing reach of social media, adjunct faculty who take to Twitter and Facebook to express their opinions have been targeted for dismissal from their teaching jobs, as well, including adjuncts protected by union contracts.

At Duke U Adjuncts Ratify New Contract

At Duke U Adjuncts Ratify New Contract

by Ray Gronberg Adjunct faculty in three units at Duke University voted unanimously to ratify the contract their new union negotiated with the school, union leaders said. An election in March 2016 gave the SEIU authority to bargain on behalf of full- and part-time “non-regular rank faculty” at Duke who work in Trinity College, the Graduate […]

State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

by Tom Nobile More than 10,000 employees at nine state colleges and universities have been working without a contract since July 2015. Staff and students at Ramapo College and Montclair State University held New Orleans’-style funeral marches last week, part of a statewide protest calling for a new contract for employees at nine state colleges and universities. […]

Robin West Smith Wins Outstanding Adjunct Award at MCCC

Robin West Smith Wins Outstanding Adjunct Award at MCCC

by James Quick “Total shock” were the first words out of Robin West Smith’s mouth when asked about winning the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. The professor of Sociology cannot believe she was the recipient of the prestigious award. Nominations are put in by students and staff. The winner is decided by a committee made up […]

ABA Considers Rule Change That Would Open Door to More Adjunct-Taught Classes in Law Schools

ABA Considers Rule Change That Would Open Door to More Adjunct-Taught Classes in Law Schools

by Karen Sloan | Law.com The American Bar Association is considering deep-sixing a rule requiring full-time faculty to teach at least half of every law school’s upper-level courses—a proposal likely to ruffle the feathers of professors who fear it would allow schools to essentially outsource the second and third year to adjuncts. Eliminating the requirement […]

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