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A Round-up of the Best Books on College Teaching

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by Linda B. Nilson We can’t keep up with our own discipline’s research, so how are we supposed to stay abreast of the college teaching literature? Let me make it a little easier for you. Here are six recently published books that capture what I think are the latest and most important developments and trends […]

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Asking Adjunct to Change Football Player’s Grade Costs Rutgers Coach $50K & Suspension

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Read the full Rutgers Report on Kyle Flood here. Kyle Flood, who earns $2.5 million as the head coach of the Rutgers University football team has been suspended for three games as Rutgers football coach and fined $50,000 following a university-led investigation into rules violations and amid a recent string of off-field transgressions involving players on his […]

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DOL Audit of Columbia College of Chicago PT Faculty Union Finances Exposes Multiple Violations

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by Megan Bennett P-fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, has undertaken measures to restructure its expense reporting following a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Labor that found nearly 20 violations of recordkeeping, reporting and other financial requirements between 2013-2014, according to union President Diana Vallera. In a May 26 audit letter from the DOL’s […]

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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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Are You Ready for These New Education Technology Fads and Trends?

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by Frank Catalano At one point in early May, three different edtech conferences overlapped in the San Francisco Bay Area in the same week: NewSchools Venture Fund’s invitation-only NewSchools Summit, the Software and Information Industry Association’s annual Education Industry Summit, and the U.S. Office of Education Technology’s Future Ready Summit. Coming on the heels of other high-elevation edtech […]

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PTers in Mass. Faculty Union Win Arbitration Complaint Filed Against Their Own Union

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The union representing Massachusetts’ community college professors has been ordered by an independent arbitrator to uphold the results of a March 2015 statewide election for two adjunct representatives to its board. The Massachusetts Community College Council represents nearly 1,600 full time and more than 4,000 adjunct professors teaching at the state’s 15 community colleges. The […]

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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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Study of 3.1 Million Tweets Reveals Top Five Reasons Why College Students Skip Classes

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Class120, a technology designed to help improve student success in higher education, teamed up with the social media analysis company Crimson Hexagon to find out why college students skip class. “Early on in the process of creating Class120, I remember reading a quote from a professor alleging our college students are the only consumers that […]

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Book Review: ‘Building a Better Teacher,’ on Secrets of Good Teaching by Elizabeth Green

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By Michael S. Roth BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) By Elizabeth Green Norton. 372 pp. $27.95   America has some of the best schools on the planet and one of the worst systems of education in the developed world. We have produced educational philosophies that have inspired […]

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Why We Decided To Form An Adjunct Union at Our Community College

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by Luke Niebler On my first day teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, I was wracked with the normal anxieties of a new college instructor: What if the students don’t like me? What if my lesson plan falls apart? Where exactly is the copy machine? What if my hair looks stupid? […]

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