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Student Letters of Rec Written By Adjuncts Open Fewer Doors

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I explained to my student that, because I am an adjunct, rather than a tenure-track professor, my recommendation would carry no weight in helping him get into a graduate program. I told him that he should be looking instead for recommendations from tenured or tenure-track professors.

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Adjuncts & Scholarship: An Interview

Sherry Engstrom teaches as an adjunct at the College of Lake County.

by Olivia Baxter Sherry Engstrom, an Adjunct Humanities Instructor at the College of Lake County, was a 2016 Striving for Excellence Adjunct Scholarship Winner. She was presented the opportunity to attend and speak at a panel discussion at the 2016 NISOD Conference in Austin, TX. Sherry talks about the importance of scholarship to adjunct faculty, […]

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#AdjunctActivism: Thanksgiving Food Drives for Adjuncts

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This wonderful idea for #adjunctactivism is from our friends at A is for Adjunct. In keeping with this season of tricks and treats, let’s take a look at which of the two seems to be winning in the academic community and how that might be used to adjuncts’ advantages. Realistically, it’s obvious that tricks have abounded […]

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Unemployed Summer – Death of an Adjunct #1

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by Monica Paige DePaul I have recently finished the last of my grading for the spring 2016 semester. The essays weren’t bad, all things considered, but I’m still drowning in anxiety for a different reason. Every summer term, I need to endure about eight weeks or so of having no income at all—hardly anyone signs […]

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Jokes and Kim Kardashian: Keeping Students Motivated

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by Jenny Ortiz A a Freeway Flyer, I’ve been given some tough time slots to teach. Currently I have a 7 in the morning business writing class at St. John’s and at at LaGuardia Community College a 6 in the evening writing class that ends at 10  (this is alongside my other courses for the semester) […]

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Bad News Bears: Breaking Bad News To Students

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by Jenny Ortiz When it comes  giving a negative message, Gerald Alred cites Francis Weeks in saying, “to be completely direct and forthright, striking to the heart of the matter immediately, is also to be blunt and perhaps offensive. To be direct is to be polite and considerate” then again she writes, “to be direct […]

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Adjunct Instructors’ Outlook on Full-Time Employment

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by Tami Strang If you’ve been following education news lately, you’ve probably read at least one article that discusses the struggles that many adjunct instructors are having as they seek full-time employment at colleges and universities. Though many can find work as adjuncts, the prospects for full-time, permanent positions are not as bright. In our Spring 2015 Instructor Engagement Insights […]

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TechKNOWLEDGE-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students, and You

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by Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, M.A. Teaching faculty know that social media is no longer just for “liking” photos, updating Facebook timelines, and re-tweeting the latest news from higher education. In her eight-minute podcast “TECH-knowledge-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students and You,” Cengage Learning Senior Digital Educator Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, M.A., discusses how social media tools and […]

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Planning for the Worst: The Story of Robin Meade

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By Robin Meade I was sitting in my deposition with the John Murphey, the college attorney sternly questioning me about my claim for damages. I didn’t go to a doctor to be diagnosed for depression because I didn’t have the money. He asked why I didn’t go see a doctor after I found a full time job and […]

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Adjuncts Who Teach For The Love of It ARE the Problem

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The following was posted to CASA, a “home online for casual, adjunct, sessional staff and their allies in Australian Higher Education.” In case you thought higher ed. in Oz might be a dream for those who teach as adjuncts, the low pay and lack of institutional support for and over-reliance on temp faculty is just […]

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    by Paul McCloskey The new Tablet PCs from Microsoft and a host of PC manufacturers were announced with the usual coast-to-coast fanfare as the next big thing in personal computing. And while that is always the hope and the hype in such smash announcements, for the higher education community, it just might be true. That’s […]

  • The Newsletter That’s All the Rage: A Review of Women in Higher Education

    by Mark J. Drozdowski SHOULD WOMEN WORKING at colleges and universities be enraged? The editors at Women in Higher Education think so. The mission of this monthly newsletter is “to enlighten, encourage, empower, and engage women on campus to win acceptance of women’s styles and values, improving higher education and society.” Its Web site adds […]

  • A Review: They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

    By John Edlund When you assign research papers and other academic writing that uses sources, do you get papers in which it is hard to tell who is saying what? Does the literature review look like a list or a note card dump? Is it hard to tell what the student thinks? Do some students […]

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  • Korean Part-Timers Will Get Better Pay & Benefits Thanks to New Legislation

      Part-time lecturers at universities nationwide will be given the same status as the regular teaching staff under a new plan of the Presidential Committee on Social Cohesion, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The plan, announced Monday, now goes to the National Assembly. Their treatment became an issue in June […]

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