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

    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 […]

  • MCC Approves New Adjunct Contract

    The McHenry County College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a new adjunct faculty deal aimed at keeping their part-time employees at the college. The new four-year contract includes salary increases each year, a move designed to attract and retain staff that otherwise may have chosen other community colleges based on pay, according to officials. […]

  • A Coversation With Sam Lipsyte About His Novel The Ask

    by Gerald Howard One bitterly cold Friday in late December, at the butt end of the decade of our discontent, after a week in which health-care reform was almost scuttled by a single universally despised narcissist politician, Tiger Woods’ bedroom exploits continued to, you know, damage his brand, and publishers were finally going to the […]

  • Resources for Finding Work Abroad

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL work, whether abroad or in the U.S., can be daunting–and downright frustrating without good resources. Fortunately, there are now many useful guides for job searches in almost any field or discipline in almost any country. However, you won’t find many of these published resources in your local bookstore. Some […]

  • Adjunct Unions in the World of Catholic Higher Ed

    by Menachem Wecker When Ben Stork applies for full-time teaching jobs, the adjunct film studies professor knows his résumé lands in voluminous piles. “When I’m granted a rejection letter, it almost always comes with the first line, ‘We received between 300 and 500 applications for this position,’ ” he said. “That gives you a sense […]

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