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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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  • Union Rep Calls Yuba Cuts Inevitable

    Pay cuts for instructors are inevitable, a union representative of part-time faculty at the Yuba Community College District says of trustees asking for a 3 percent reduction in pay — which full-time professors oppose. “I don’t see any other way out of it,” Jim Schulte, vice-president of the Yuba College Adjunct Faculty Teachers, said Monday. […]

  • Cut Your Grading Time In Half

    by Christine Hult IT’S THE END of an arduous semester and your desk is piled high with student papers. You sigh deeply as you contemplate the days of reading and grading that lie ahead of you. Surely there must be a better way? You’ll be happy to learn that recently developed technologies can help you to handle the paper load. Web […]

  • For Faculty: A Closer Look at the Yik Yak App

    by Virginia Postrel Yik Yak is a social-media app that in just two years has become an everyday part of the American college experience. If you’ve heard of it, chances are you think it’s awful. It has a terrible reputation as adangerous source of vitriol, threats and ethnic slurs — a reputation only strengthened by recent […]

  • Teaching ESL Students in the Mainstream

    by Dorit Sasson Over the past year I’ve received dozens of emails from instructors asking me for advice on teaching ESL students in their college reading courses. When I tell them that it is possible to give them opportunities to engage in the mainstream classroom they say, “But they aren’t “getting it.” Plus, they’re too […]

  • George Mason U Students Study Their Adjuncts

    Molly Greenberg A new George Mason University study on adjunct faculty may be the “most comprehensive study of one institution’s adjunct faculty working conditions ever.” The report, appropriately named “Indispensable but Invisible,” is based on a survey completed by 241 adjunct at George Mason and conducted by the Public Sociology Association made up of George […]

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