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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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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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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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An Interview With Barbara Wolf

by Chris Carter with an introduction by Evelyn Beck Until she investigated the appalling working conditions of adjuncts, filmmaker Barbara Wolf thought they had it pretty good. “Those of us not in the academy hear the word “adjunct” before “professor”—an “a” word that precedes “professor,” like “assistant” or “associate”—and it sounds official, so we’re impressed,” […]

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An Interview with Dr. Dan Jacoby

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Interviewed by P.D. Lesko Please tell us a little about yourself professionally. Well, I’m an economist who has had the fortune of working in an interdisciplinary studies program for the past 17 years. Over that time, I have been able to teach and conduct research related to my twin interests in education and labor. My […]

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“Rapscallions, Scoundrels and Scallywags (aka College Students)”

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  by P.D. Lesko and Elizabeth J. Carter In the January/February 1994 issue of Adjunct Advocate, we interviewed Dr. Donald McCabe, then Founding President of the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI). When we interviewed Dr. McCabe, his Center had just 50 member schools. We talked to him about his groundbreaking research into academic dishonesty among college students. At that […]

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Teaching and Learning in a Hybrid World: An Interview with Carol Twigg

Carol Twigg  founded the National Center for Academic Transformation in 1998 to use technology to improve the quality and reduce the cost of higher education.

by Susan Walsh Veronikas and Michael F. Shaughnessy From 1993 to 1998, Twigg served as Vice President of Educom, one of the precursors to EDUCAUSE. At Educom, she founded the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) and initiated the IMS (Instructional Management Systems) project. Before joining Educom, Twigg served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning Technologies […]

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At CCV, Something’s Boiling in the Sugar House

by P.D. Lesko Polly Ellerbe, Julie Waters, Heather Luden and Catherine O’Callaghan all teach at the Community College of Vermont. They are not employed in the same department, and prior to 2003 had never met. Today, these four women lead the effort to unionize the over 700 part-time faculty who teach on a dozen campuses […]

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Down With Boring e-Learning

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by Ryann Ellis Michael Allen is the CEO of Allen Interactions. For those of you not familiar with his work, Allen has been at the heart of the multimedia industry for more than 25 years, and was a principal designer of Control Data Corporation’s PLATO® computer-based education system and the principal architect of Authorware®. He is […]

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From There to Here: Award Winning Adjunct Faculty Discuss Excellence in the Classroom

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by Greg Beatty It’s the start of a new class. You’re about to enter the classroom, but you pause for a moment just outside the door. You have a vision of where you’d like to be at the end of the class. It’s a vision full of practical rewards and the joy of learning—but how […]

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  • Taking a Sabbatical South of the Border: An Adjunct Retreats to Mexico

    by Roy Freedman Upon waking up in Guanajuato, Mexico for the very first time, on January 4, 2008, I planned to connect with my chosen Spanish-language academy (my anchor, so to speak, in a foreign land). My second priority was locating a suitable apartment for the next three-and-a-half months (more on that later). My third […]

  • Scientists Share Adjunct Concerns

    by Peter Miller THEY CAN DEFINE pi to fourteen significant figures, easily. Sometimes, they smell like formaldehyde or a newer chemical used to preserve or disassemble life forms. They might greet you as “fellow carbon-based life form.” They’re typically male, and their dress code hasn’t changed since they proudly declared themselves geeks in junior high. Scientists. Academic scientists, in particular. […]

  • Community of Practice–Your Online Portal to Expanding Professional Skills and Expertise

    by Steven N. Pyser, J.D. So just call on me brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on I just might have a problem that you’d understand We all need somebody to lean on…. Bill Withers – “Lean on Me” Whatever your experience as adjunct faculty the moment will come […]

  • Almost 70 Percent of Classroom Faculty Fear The Growth of Online Learning

    Over six million students are now taking at least one online course, upping the rate of online enrollment to 10 times that of traditional higher education. Yet, while the world is reveling in free online classes, faculty members are frightened by the Internet’s growing popularity, according to a survey by the Babson Survey Research Group. The report, which polled […]

  • While Adjunct Activists Criticize Unified Locals, Temple U. PTers Vote to Join FT Faculty Union

    Philadelphia Magazine reported on Dec. 2 that the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board “tallied secret ballots cast by adjunct faculty at Temple in an election earlier this fall, and those faculty are now represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals, the union that previously represented only full-time faculty.” Adjuncts at Temple had protested in favor […]

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