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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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Brianne Bolin’s Non-Profit PrecariCorps Hopes to Provide Financial Assistance to Adjunct Faculty in Need


by Alissa Quart Brianne Bolin has taught English at Columbia College in Chicago for 10 years. She also often buys her groceries with food stamps. She is on Medicaid. Perhaps worst of all, she lives with constant uncertainty about how much work she’ll have in the following semester, as classes can be added or taken […]

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Profile in Courage: 70-Year-Old Philly Freeway Flyer Juggles Classes and Chemo

Cecilia Ready

by Monica Yant Kinney Cecilia Ready lives up to her name. We’d just started talking about what it’s like to be a 70-year-old adjunct professor working through a third bout of cancer when Ready’s tongue grew heavy and she began slurring her words. “Come,” she insists calmly after calling her doctor, “we’ll do the interview in […]

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Adjunct Award Winners: Fulbright Winner Off to Ireland

Shannon Chase

by Erin Zagursky An adjunct professor in William & Mary’s School of Education will travel to Ireland to conduct research and teach for a year, thanks to a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant. Shannon Chance will work in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) during the 2012-13 academic year, researching innovative ways to teach engineering and architecture […]

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When the Chemistry Is Just Right: Marina Stavytska-Barba


Ameera Butt The 28-year-old explained molecules in the atmosphere are hit by light from the sun and absorb either all or some of the colors of the light spectrum. Molecules absorb the blue light — and that blue light is emitted, giving us a blue sky. The native Ukrainian fell in love with molecules, light, […]

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Adjunct Faculty Awards: Boise State Adjunct Wins 2012 NEA Fellowship


by Kim O’Brien Two professors won National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for 2012: Alan Heathcock and Mitch Wieland. In the country only 40 writers were chosen out of 1,200 applicants. “I’m not surprised,” adjunct Professor of fiction writing, Alan Heathcock said. “I think there’s something special going on here, in general, all the writers have […]

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The Expat Who Took On Italy: Lecturer David Petrie Is Still Fighting


Editor: In 2002, AdjunctNation writer Michael Gerace caught up with David Petrie and interviewed him. You can read that interview here. Petrie is still fighting for equal pay and equal treatment for hundreds of non-Italians who teach foreign languages at Italian universities throughout the country. You can read complete coverage of the legal battle between Petrie, […]

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Poet & Part-Time Faculty Member Lands NEA Grant


By K. Morris “I’ve always written to make sense of the world,” said National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant for Literature recipient Teresa Scollon. But finding time to write the poetry that reaches even beyond that to what Scollon believes to be its higher purpose: “making something beautiful out of our experience,” has not […]

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Becky Villarreal: The Yellow Rose of Texas


by Karen Karvonen If someone had warned Becky Villarreal that switching from a career as a secondary school teacher to one as a college teacher would plunge her into a hotbed of activism, she might have had second thoughts. “Believe it or not, the reason I decided to leave K-12 was that it was too […]

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Kentucky Part-Timer Ken Hardy & the “N” Word


by Marla Kay Houghteling WORDS ARE IMPORTANT to Ken Hardy; he doesn’t shy away from the difficult ones. He’d like his students to have this same respect for language. In the summer of 1998, he was teaching an interpersonal-communications course at Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Kentucky, where he had been an adjunct since 1995. […]

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