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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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AAUP and California U Faculty Associations Join Forces (With No Mention of Adjuncts)

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The AAUP and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) are joining forces in defense of academic freedom , shared governance and the economic security of those who teach and conduct research. The press release, below, has no mention of adjunct, contingent or part-time faculty. The following is the text of a media release […]

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Prof Punks Chem Students—Sends Imposter to Teach First Day of Class

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This prank is proof that any professorial-looking man with a bald head and khakis can walk to the front of a freshman chemistry class on the first day of college and have his way with the ignorant newcomers for as long as his gravitas will carry him. Or until the real professor walks in. The […]

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University of La Verne Adjuncts’ NLRB Complaints Dismissed for Lack of Merit

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by Imani Tate A union’s failed attempt to organize University of La Verne adjunct professors has prompted increased dialogue and let university officials resume projects that had to be halted when the union began its organizing efforts on the main campus last fall. On Aug. 1, the national office of the National Labor Relations Board formally […]

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DC Adjuncts Aiming to Bargain Unprecedented Citywide Contract

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George Washington University adjuncts and their D.C. colleagues could earn more if they succeed in creating a city-wide contract, which local faculty leaders have proposed for the past two years. Adjunct professors’ plans to negotiate a city-wide contract have dragged on because leaders must first wait for adjunct faculty at every university to form unions. But they […]

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Arizona State University Partners With Poynter Institute to Offer PT Journalism Faculty Certification

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The Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will launch an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communications classes at universities and colleges around the country. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely recognized […]

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A New Movement is Rising—Adjunct Teachers’ Unions Spring Up Nationwide

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By Bob Peterson Northeastern University. Gonzaga. University of St. Thomas. Adjunct faculty are unionizing at college large and small. A revitalized teacher union movement is bubbling up in the midst of relentless attacks on public schools and the teaching profession. Over the next several years this new movement may well be the most important force […]

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We Need a New Way to Teach Economics

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by John Komlos, PhD Remember the walkout of students from their Principles of Economics class at Harvard a couple of years ago in solidarity with the ‘Occupy” movement? They thought that the economics they were being taught was doctrinaire, failed to provide a balanced perspective on the real existing economy, and did not show sufficient […]

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Minnesota Adjuncts Move Toward Unionizing

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Adjunct faculty members at Macalester College have taken the first formal step to form a union, joining a national movement to organize the growing number of temporary instructors in college classrooms. On Thursday, campus organizers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election for temporary faculty members at the St. […]

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