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State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

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by Tom Nobile More than 10,000 employees at nine state colleges and universities have been working without a contract since July 2015. Staff and students at Ramapo College and Montclair State University held New Orleans’-style funeral marches last week, part of a statewide protest calling for a new contract for employees at nine state colleges and universities. […]

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Robin West Smith Wins Outstanding Adjunct Award at MCCC

Robin West Smith accepts her award at the ceremony as Student Government looks on.

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 […]

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ABA Considers Rule Change That Would Open Door to More Adjunct-Taught Classes in Law Schools

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by Karen Sloan | Law.com The American Bar Association is considering deep-sixing a rule requiring full-time faculty to teach at least half of every law school’s upper-level courses—a proposal likely to ruffle the feathers of professors who fear it would allow schools to essentially outsource the second and third year to adjuncts. Eliminating the requirement […]

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Vanderbilt U. Non-Tenure Track Faculty Launches Petition to Unionize

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by Sam Zern After a failed compromise with the university, the petition will move to the National Labor Relations Board for a final decision In November, a group of Vanderbilt non-tenured faculty members approached Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205 looking for help in organizing a collective bargaining unit composed of full and part […]

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NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union

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By Bill Schackner The United Steelworkers on Tuesday implored Duquesne University to stop resisting its now-organized adjunct faculty, buoyed by the latest National Labor Relations Board ruling that campus officials must recognize those members’ collective bargaining rights. The union called it sad that almost five years have passed since those part-time instructors voted in 2012 […]

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Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

Ithaca College adjunct faculty made significant gains with its first contract, but some are still not satisfied.

by Grace Elletson The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a first-time contract with the college. However, the campus community has expressed mixed reactions to the deal. The contract, signed March 26, guarantees […]

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10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

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by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to reject an academic paper which called a lesbian-themed film “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman.” In 2012, Monica Pompeo, a part-time student, took a class titled […]

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Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

In classes with no computer-based assignments, how about asking students to leave their laptops behind when they come to class? (Photo: Flickr)

When a laptop is being used to take notes or download class slides, it may become tempting to check email, catch up on homework for another class or see who won the game the night before.

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College Students Retain Info Better When Writing With Pen and Paper Than When Using Computers

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by Ellie Bothwell Survey of students across 10 countries suggests handwriting and printed books have advantages over digital materials University students find it easier to retain information when using books and handwriting notes rather than computers, according to a survey of European and Asian students. A study of almost 650 students from 10 countries found […]

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Tufts U Part-time Faculty Renegotiating Contract –The Boston SEIU Local Poised to Pass Barnard’s $9K Per Course Pay

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Since the adjunct faculty at Tufts formed a union in 2013, their contract with Tufts has become a model for other schools in the Greater Boston area and across the country. In 2014 according to an article published by AdjunctNation, the Tufts part-time faculty union negotiated its first contract that, among other gains, hiked per course pay from $5,115 to $7,300 per course, a 22 percent increase. The union represents 200 adjunct faculty.

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