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How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)

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by P.D. Lesko What are the most credible methods and evaluative tools to use when deciding whether to rehire an adjunct faculty member? This is a question that should be asked by hundreds of thousands of college administrators nationwide. Instead, what we get are lazy administrators content to have adjunct faculty evaluations done by the least credible method by the least reliable evaluators: […]

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As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top

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by John A. Neilsson Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Zaun has filed the bill before, but this year Senate File 41 may get more attention with Republicans controlling the Senate. The bill also would ban tenure at […]

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AFT President Says Betsy DeVos a “Lobbyist” not an Educator

Weingarten laid out a challenge to DeVos, if she is confirmed. “I extend both a challenge and an invitation to Ms. Devos: Spend some time in public schools.”

P.D. Lesko In a speech yesterday at the National Press Club, AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America’s students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, […]

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More Mistakes From My First Semester Teaching Online

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by Jonathan Rees My first semester as an online instructor is almost over. Who knows where the time goes? Curating a respectable online survey course experience comes with a lot of responsibility. In my humble opinion, too many online U.S. history survey courses cling to the vestiges of the traditional lecture model. As I’ve explained here […]

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Ithaca College Adjunct Union Mulls Spring Strike Over Pay

According to a report published by the Human Resources office at IC, approximately 41 percent of the faculty at the college is made up of contingent members. Part-time professors are paid $1,400 per credit hour. (Photo: Alyvia Covert)

by Alyvia Covert The cold wind and beginning flurries Thursday afternoon did not prevent contingent faculty members at Ithaca College from rallying outside the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, as they called in unison: “equal pay for equal work.” In May 2015, part-time faculty at the college passed a vote to form a union in an attempt […]

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College Enrollment is Down for Fifth Straight Year—Will The Decline Impact Non-Tenured Faculty?

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by P.D. Lesko According to the Hechinger Report, “college and university enrollment fell during the semester just coming to an end, marking a fifth straight year of decline.” Some academic pundits and higher education reporters are reporting that the declines could impact the finances of higher education institutions. However, the overall long-term higher education enrollment gains made […]

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Michigan Adjunct Files Court Injunction Against Faculty Contract That Cuts Pay

“It does not seem like we (adjuncts) are represented adequately,” said Nathan Sneller, adjunct professor of mechanical design at GRCC. “We only get half a vote. We can’t carry more than one absentee vote with us. The schedule is very conducive to full-time faculty members for showing up and very difficult for adjuncts.”

by Kayla Tucker A Grand Rapids Community College adjunct professor filed a court injunction at the Kent County 17th Circuit Court to stop the Board of Trustees from ratifying a new faculty contract that will decrease the pay of some adjunct professors. The judge was not able to review the injunction before the meeting, so the […]

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The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas

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by Laura Yeager There is a great circle of life that occurs at the university. Years ago, when I was in graduate school at Iowa State University, I was studying with Jane Smiley.  I had won a fellowship (The Pearl Hogrefe Creative Writing Fellowship) for my first year of study; to finance my second year […]

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All the World’s a Stage and Adjuncts, Merely Voters on It

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by Alissa Montalbano Flustered by official analysis and ad nauseam personal opinions of politics spewed about using purported facts, and even, god forbid, math, we English Majors usually sit by the sidelines and watch elections unfold with a mixture of boredom and confusion. In truth, we are waiting for whoever is speaking to stop so […]

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

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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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