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Thousands of International Scholars Call for U.S. Academic Conference Boycott to Protest Muslim Travel Ban

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by Ellie Bothwell More than 4,000 scholars have signed a petition calling for an academic boycott of international conferences held in the U.S., to provide solidarity with those affected by Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. The petition questions the “intellectual integrity” of international conferences in the country while the ban persists […]

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In UK, More Than Half of Academics Employed on Precarious Contracts

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by Jack Grove More than half of academics are employed on precarious contracts, claims a report by the University and College Union on the “hire-and-fire culture of insecure working” within higher education. Some 54 per cent of all academic staff and 49 per cent of teaching staff at UK universities are employed on “insecure contracts”, […]

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PTers at Algoma University in Ontario Prepared to Strike for Higher Pay

Algoma University part-time faculty members were joined by supporters in their call for a pay raise, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo: Darren Taylor

“We’re not looking for the mean salary or the median salary, we are looking to be tied with the bottom, and management (at Algoma) offered us zero for the next three years…we don’t think our request is at all unreasonable,” Robinson said as part-time faculty members and their supporters gathered at Algoma University’s front steps.

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Colleagues Abroad: Part-time Lecturers in the UK Speak Out—”I don’t make enough for rent”

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Steve Hanson, 44, part-time lecturer in political sociology I have a doctorate from a great university; I’ve worked on government research projects, and have more published work than many tenured staff. I have been hourly-paid for about five years now, but HR departments have been alert enough to knock me out of the system before […]

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Stories From the Adjunct Professorate: Bittersweet and, Yes, Bitter

As I speak to contingent faculty from New York to Texas, Seattle to San Francisco, it becomes increasingly clear that academic penury has become the order of the day.

As I speak to contingent faculty from New York to Texas, Seattle to San Francisco, it becomes increasingly clear that academic penury has become the order of the day. This is occurring at a time when higher education – and some salaries associated with it – are booming.

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Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

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by Jeffrey Young Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom. Sherry Turkle has gone from gracing the cover of Wired magazine for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication. In her most recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power […]

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At OSU, 18 FT English Lecturers to Foot the Bill for a Dean’s Budget Shortfalls

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Update: Shortly after this story was published, OSU officials announced that lecturers’ contracts would be honored through the end of the 2017 academic year. Here is a link to a story about the announcement. On Oct. 25, an OSU spokesman provided a comment in which the college “regretted any confusion” about the possibility of mid-year […]

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Why All Universities in Kenya Are Phasing Out PT Lecturers

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matian'gi delivers his speech during the biennial conference on the state of higher education in Kenya, at Kenyatta University on August 22, 2016. The Commission for University Education has announced that part-time lecturers will be phased out. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Ouma Wanzala The Kenyan Commission for University Education has announced that part-time lecturers will be phased out. The commission is determined to phase out part-time lecturers, saying most of them are giving substandard services to students. Part-time lecturers will soon be locked out of universities as the higher education regulator moves in to ensure that […]

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A Record 67 Adjuncts Win Guggenheim Fellowships

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by  P.D. Lesko On April 6, 2016, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation announced that, “in its ninety-second competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 175 Fellowships (including three joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement […]

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An Interview With the Academic Twitter Star: “Sh*t Academics Say”

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By Shawna Wagman Since Nathan Hall introduced the world to Shit Academics Say in 2013, his humorous Twitter account has become one of the most popular related to academia, with nearly 140,000 followers. Dr. Hall, an associate professor in the department of education and counseling psychology at McGill University in Canada, says his once anonymous […]

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  • Is Distance Education the Meteor and Are Faculty the Dinosaurs?

    by Chris Cumo DEWEY DEFALCO, ASSISTANT to the Director of Distance Learning and Lead Faculty for Distance Learning at Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida, knows that some faculty dislike distance education. DeFalco sees this opposition as the natural inter-generational struggle over an emerging technology. The opponents are older, technophobic professors on the verge of retirement. […]

  • Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom

    by Shawn Orr I love technology! I guess if I’m being completely honest, what I really love is the engagement, excitement, and interactivity that technology brings to my college classroom. I’m not talking about the bells and whistles (although that’s fun, too), but the true engagement that happens when I use technology that really resonates […]

  • Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement

    by Silvia Foti Creating citizens engaged in maintaining democracy entails intentionally increasing the people’s knowledge of the democratic process, their skills, and their motivation. This falls under the purview of America’s colleges and universities, according to the authors ( Anne Colby, Elizabeth Beaumont, Thomas Ehrlich, Josh Corngold) of Educating for Democracy, yet for a variety of reasons, is a […]

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

    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 […]

  • A review of The UnCivil University

    reviewed by Elizabeth Warren As a child growing up in a small town in the South, I had little knowledge of anti-Semitism. All I knew about Israel came from reading a paperback copy of Leon Uris’s Exodus. While my knowledge has increased over the decades, the novelty of the subject made me approach my reading […]

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