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Why Adjuncts Shouldn’t Need Ph.D.s

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by Jonathan Rick When hiring a professor, nearly every college uses commonly agreed-upon criteria. Among these, perhaps the most important is whether the applicant has a graduate degree. On one hand, credentials are a critical part of a school’s brand. Given that students are paying an arm and a leg for tuition, it’s helpful when […]

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Call Me Adjunct

Life as divine comedy: In a single day we can hear from a community college student bemoaning Alice Walker’s choice of the color purple or a military student calling Hamlet a “pussy” for taking the entire play to kill Claudius. In that same day, we can read an essay from a university student detailing what, exactly, those Bronte sisters really did with that Moor.

While all higher educational institutions resemble each other on the surface, each one is bizarre in its own unique way. Universities, for example, make a big production of registering us, completing stacks of paperwork, background checks, fingerprinting, and the like. All this occurs while we carefully navigate Charybdis and Scylla to show a lively interest in the position without exhibiting the desire, or worse, the assumption, that we will be asked to return next semester.

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How to Land a Part-Time Teaching Job

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A 2009 Money magazine article entitled “5 Ways to Pump up Your Income” recommended college teaching to part-time employment seekers. Let’s be clear: teaching college part-time, as a rule, will not lead to full-time teaching jobs. On average, part-time faculty earn $2,500 per class. No one is going to get rich teaching part-time. However, for […]

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Get A “Real Job?” Teaching Part-Time IS A Real Job!

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by Linda Lyle For nearly a decade, I worked as a full-time part-time adjunct. Translation: I worked part-time for multiple schools so that I had the equivalent of a full load. A merger between the technical school and the community college where I had been working cut my class offerings in half, so I had […]

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Being an Adjunct By Choice Is Often All About Timing and Persistence

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By Randy Eldridge It’s been awhile since my last blog and I sure have missed this place! Why, you are asking, have I not posted? Well, before you just decide that I’ve been lazy and slacking off…which I totally would understand….that is not the reason. The reason is because, as an adjunct by choice, I […]

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Adjunct by Choice – Adjunct Teaching Is NOT Slave Labor. Ever.

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By Randy Eldridge Slave labor. Exploited. Manipulated. Abysmal. Degrading. Not respected. These are all words that I see whenever I’m reading an article or a post about being an adjunct instructor, regardless of what website or article that I’m reading. They’re also words that I hate when it comes to describing some people’s chosen profession. Finally, […]

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If You’re Complaining, Maybe It’s Time For A New Job

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By Randy Eldridge I recently came across an article in the Economist that argued that obtaining a Ph.D. was essentially a waste of time. Not to repeat the entire article, what the author bitterly (in my opinion) claims is that the university system “churns” out Ph.D.s at an exceedingly high rate and that there is […]

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Adjunct By Choice: From Adjunct to Full-Time? Maybe. Or Not.

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By Randy Eldridge If any of you have read any of my previous blogs, you’re familiar with Dr. Abbott. He’s my department chair and a great guy. In fact, he’s really one of the best people that I’ve worked for, both in and out of the education field. How he does his job, however, is […]

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The Adjunct + Facebook = Disaster?

By Randy Eldridge Ok, I admit it. I’m 42 and I use Facebook. A lot. Maybe even too much. I was never on Myspace or any other social networking site you can think of. I’ve used LinkedIn for a long time primarily for professional networking purposes. Oh, and I also have a Twitter account. I […]

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Student Reviews: Bad Reviews Are Earned Sometimes

By Randy Eldridge “Mr. Eldridge has been the best instructor that I’ve had since I’ve been here.” Great, I remember thinking after reading that and several other positive comments. That comment will always stick with me. It was one of the very first student reviews that I received when I first began teaching. It was […]

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  • Learning Without Borders

    by Evelyn Beck and Sharon M. Lightner IS TODAY’S COLLEGE classroom flexible enough to include 20 students at four colleges in four countries attending the same class together each week? With the help of technology, this was the approach of an unusual class called Experiential International Accounting, which was attended by students from the United […]

  • Teaching Students with Disabilities: A How-To Guide for Part-Time Faculty

    by Elizabeth J. Carter Professor Judy Juanita knew right away she was teaching a student with a disability when he showed up in her introductory English class with a computer “as big as a piece of luggage.” Recalled Juanita: “[He] made a big deal of using and hooking it up. It couldn’t help but grab […]

  • 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 […]

  • OPSEU Contract Gives Canadian PTers More Job Security

    Ontario’s colleges have reached a tentative agreement with 10,000 faculty members that includes a two-year pay freeze. The faculty members had been prepared to take a strike vote on September 6th, Ontario Public Service Employees Union president Warren “Smokey” Thomas said. The two-year deal will freeze faculty salaries and leave benefits untouched, essentially maintaining the status […]

  • Seven Tips to be a Successful First-Time Course Developer

    HELP WANTED Position: Distance Education Course Designer Job Description:  Unique opportunity to design higher education courses on distance learning platform.  Benefits include:  (1) strengthening classroom strategies, broadening facilitation skills and improving curriculum vitae, (2) recognition by the Academy and honing subject matter expertise, (3) assignment as “lead instructor” for designed course, and (5) administration reciprocity […]

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