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Why Not Every Student (or Prof) Deserves a Letter of Recommendation

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Jackie Jones is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Multimedia Journalism at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism. In her essay for the Morgan Global Journalism Review, Jones tackles the subject of letters of recommendation. She writes, “My decision about whether to write a recommendation is also guided by the four […]

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The Mentor Is In: Teaching and Supporting Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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by Steven Volk Planning a route, getting gas and changing a flat tire don’t sound challenging to most young adults, but for students on the autism spectrum at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, it was one of the greatest tests of their independence. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of developmental disabilities […]

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Five Ways You May Be Killing Student Motivation

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by Chase Mielke “What are your thoughts on student motivation?” my principal recently asked. Knowing that I have an interest in motivation, as well as a love of working with at-risk students, he wanted to know my thoughts on why our achievement gap wasn’t narrowing. As a teacher, I of course had many thoughts. But, the […]

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In the Classroom: What Do Great College Profs Have in Common?

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by Claudio Sanchez In a year in which we’re exploring great teaching, it’s a good time to talk with Ken Bain. He’s a longtime historian, scholar and academic who has studied and explored teaching for decades, most notably in his 2004 book,  What the Best College Teachers Do. You focused on 100 college professors in a […]

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The Mentor Is In: At All Times, Be Consistent In the Classroom

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By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA What does consistency mean to you or your work as an adjunct instructor? Is this a measurable quality that should be considered or is it in action state that you can occasionally monitor? These questions can be addressed from the perspective of your students and their experience in the […]

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Introductions Are In Order

In this blog, I plan to cover teaching from a holistic stand-point. That is, I want to look at how we teach from the position of the whole person, much as we might look at our students. This will include topics like: stress management; organization and priorities; our communication skills and familiarity with technologies such as social media; the physical aspects of the job we often contend with, as well as traditional teaching tips and ideas.

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Readers Ask. The Adjunct Advisor Answers.

by the Adjunct Advisor Students Failing to Cite Sources As part of the course requirements for a Ceramics I class, the students had to complete a brief (approx. 500 words) research paper on a historic ceramic time/culture, such as Ancient Greece, Africa, Italian Renaissance, etc. On the first day of class in January they were […]

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  • A review of Teaching Defiance: Stories and Strategies for Activist Educators

    by Kristen Kennedy Calls for change—from student attitudes toward the subjects we teach to the conditions under which adjunct faculty labor—are familiar topics around the water cooler in academe. Rarely, though, do our calls come with specific directions for mapping out the means of achieving those desired ends. But two recent books take on the […]

  • Teaching in Hungary Revitalizes One Adjunct’s Love For the Classroom

    by Anthony Akers In the Fall of last year, I submitted my last will and testament of my teaching career to the readers of this publication, and my argument was simple: “Working as an adjunct is hell; we all know this; we can’t do much about it, so if you hope for enlightenment and freedom […]

  • 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 […]

  • More Questions than Answers: A Review of Aiding Students, Buying Students and 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Diversity

    by Mark Drozdowski I’m always eager to sink my reviewing teeth into a new book on higher education, yet somehow the prospect of digesting one on the history of financial aid didn’t initially thrill me. While important, financial aid doesn’t rank among the sexiest topics. But Rupert Wilkinson pulls it off with his new book, […]

  • Duquesne U. Appeals Adjuncts Unionization Vote

    Duquesne University adjunct faculty members may have to wait longer to hear results of their vote on whether to unionize and affiliate with the United Steelworkers, pending action on an appeal by the university that could invalidate the whole process. The regional office of the National Labor Relations Board is scheduled to tally the adjuncts’ […]

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