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New Research: In Faculty Evals, Students Fall Back on Gender Stereotypes

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by Matthew Reisz French research finds that undergraduates give higher scores to male teachers Research from France offers evidence that “students appear to rate teachers according to gender stereotypes”, with male students giving higher scores to male lecturers. That is the conclusion of a paper by Anne Boring, a postdoctoral researcher at L’Institut d’Études Politiques […]

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Colleges Are Cutting Budgets: Are Execs & Administrators Taking Their Fair Share of the Pain?

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Colleges and universities are cutting budgets by the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. But what exactly are they cutting — fat or lean? There are two new contributions to the debate, which is more like a shouting match on many campuses. The two key questions: Are the masses of administrators and executives who […]

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Miami-Dade’s Reliance on Large Numbers of Adjuncts Could Endager Its Accreditation

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by Michael Vasquez Is Miami Dade College — the nation’s largest community college — in danger of losing its accreditation following the recent warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools? Almost impossible, according to higher education experts, who cite the school’s strong national reputation coupled with the fact that community colleges are rarely, if […]

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Recognizing the Contributions of Adjunct Faculty

by Richard Lyons EN ROUTE TO presenting a workshop last week, I read the recently published book Ghosts in the Classroom (Camel’s Back Books, 2001, ed. Michael Dubson), a collection of essays written by adjunct faculty members. My research told me that essays written almost exclusively by “aspiring academics”–one of four categories of part-timers identified in The Invisible Faculty (Jossey-Bass, 1993, Judith […]

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Evaluating Adjunct Faculty

by Richard Lyons IN THE INCREASINGLY competitive, accountability-conscious environment of higher education, all of us are seeking cost-effective ways of improving our institutional effectiveness. Assuming your institution, division, or department employs a significant number of part-time instructors, I would encourage you to invest time at the end of this academic year to analyze your process […]

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Developing Adjunct Faculty Part 2

by Richard Lyons AS DISCUSSED IN my last column, employing adjunct instructors provides our institutions many benefits beyond reducing overall instructional costs. These include enriching our curricula with real-world perspectives, offering highly specialized courses for increasingly demanding students, cultivating linkages to community resources, and providing staffing flexibility. As any critical resource does, however, adjunct faculty […]

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Developing Adjunct Faculty

by Richard Lyons AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL leader reading this first Adjunct Advocate column on managing adjunct faculty, your decision-making probably long ago outgrew the cost-savings consideration often cited as the sole advantage of using part-time instructors. You realize as well that part-time instructors also have the potential to: Leverage their rich backgrounds to teach highly […]

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  • New Study: Who’s NOT Reading Books in America? (The Answer May Surprise You)

    The share of Americans who report not reading any books in the past 12 months is largely unchanged since 2012, but is slightly higher than in 2011, when the Center first began conducting surveys of book-reading habits. That year, 19 percent of adults reported not reading any books.

  • Part-Time Faculty Union Prez Publishes Op-Ed Calling His Own Members “Monsters”

    by Mark James Miller The American higher educational system has created a monster — the out-of-control growth of part-time or adjunct faculty. In its over-reliance on part-time instructors, higher education has built a house of sand. In colleges and universities across the country, budgets are developed and strategic plans made that assume contingent faculty will carry […]

  • A Review of Campus, Inc.

    by Diane Calabrese Campus, Inc.: Corporate Power in the Ivory Tower Edited by Geoffrey D. White, Ph.D. with Flannery C. Hauck 2001–Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York IN SHORT, THE authors of the 30 chapters in this book have this to say: corporations hold the power at institutions of higher education (and in other sectors of […]

  • New Research: FT Non-Tenured Faculty View Themselves As Part of An Academic Counter-Culture

    by Sean Nealson Full-time non-tenure track faculty at colleges and universities lack a professional identity and a sense of self worth, according to interviews with these faculty members that formed the basis of a recently published paper co-authored by a University of California, Riverside professor. John S. Levin, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at […]

  • Hybrid Courses

    by Evelyn Beck As distance education evolves from a totally on-line environment plagued by higher-than-average attrition rates, more options may make it easier for students to find the right match for the way they learn best. And many advocates say that increasingly popular hybrid courses may be the ideal approach to combine the best features […]

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