Robin West Smith Wins Outstanding Adjunct Award at MCCC

Robin West Smith Wins Outstanding Adjunct Award at MCCC

by James Quick “Total shock” were the first words out of Robin West Smith’s mouth when asked about winning the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. The professor of Sociology cannot believe she was the recipient of the prestigious award. Nominations are put in by students and staff. The winner is decided by a committee made up […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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”, […]

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

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

“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.

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

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

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 […]

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

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. This is occurring at a time when higher education – and some salaries associated with it – are booming.

Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Why All Universities in Kenya Are Phasing Out PT Lecturers

Why All Universities in Kenya Are Phasing Out PT Lecturers

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 […]

A Record 67 Adjuncts Win Guggenheim Fellowships

A Record 67 Adjuncts Win Guggenheim Fellowships

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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