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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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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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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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  • GW Adjunct Union Asks For $5K Per Course But Settles For 3 Percent Pay Bump

    Adjunct professors secured a wage increase and approval for a dispute resolution committee after GW’s part-time professor union finalized its third contract with the University last week. The University will pay adjunct professors with Ph.D.s $4,032 per course, a 3 percent increase that is just enough to keep up with inflation but less than union […]

  • Union Rep Calls Yuba Cuts Inevitable

    Pay cuts for instructors are inevitable, a union representative of part-time faculty at the Yuba Community College District says of trustees asking for a 3 percent reduction in pay — which full-time professors oppose. “I don’t see any other way out of it,” Jim Schulte, vice-president of the Yuba College Adjunct Faculty Teachers, said Monday. […]

  • USC Provost Promises Adjuncts Better Working Conditions; SEIU Files Complaint

    by James Song The Los Angeles Times is reporting that union officials alleged on Feb. 9 that USC officials interfered with attempts to organize non-tenure-track faculty by promising them better working conditions and implying that employees would lose rights if they unionized. Faculty at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the oldest school at USC, voted […]

  • Contract Faculty Union Says Members Are “Free to Negotiate Individually for Better Terms”

    by Max Moran As the newly formed adjunct and contract-faculty union prepares for its fourth bargaining round with Brandeis University this month, officials on both sides say the negotiations thus far have been a positive experience. But the University has frozen wages and benefits for bargaining unit professors until a contract is reached, and the faculty union […]

  • 1,300+ Kent State Adjuncts Rebuffed by AFT/NEA/AAUP Affiliate With United Steel Workers

    by Alex Delaney-Gesing Traci West doesn’t teach film courses in Kent State’s Journalism and Mass Communication program for the money. She teaches because it’s what she wants to do with the rest of her life. “I love what I do — I really do. I love being able to talk film with my kids,” she said. […]

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