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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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Is It My Fault If I Can’t Find FT Teaching?

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by Jill Darling I started writing this mini-essay project on contingency at the beginning of the year, and thought I would continue for the duration of 2015. But now I think I am done here. I will say, it has often helped. Writing can often help. There are so many issues in the higher ed world, the […]

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  • Community College Students Value Internet Access Over Teachers

      By Daniel de Vise Community college students have come to view online education as key to their success above all else, according to a new report billed as the first national survey of students in two-year colleges. Pearson Foundation hired Harris Interactive to survey 1,434 community college students last fall. Here’s the finding that […]

  • Distance Education On-Line Resource Round-up

    by Melissa Doak REMEMBER THOSE OLD t.v. commercials for correspondence courses? I do. At eleven years old, I was fascinated with all the things I could choose to learn by mail. Why did anyone go to college when they could call a toll-free number for information about how to earn more money and respect than […]

  • Review of the USDLA Journal

    by Mark Drozdowski AN AGE-OLD APHORISM, attributed to President Garfield, contends that the ideal learning environment involves a student at one end of a log and Mark Hopkins at the other. Were he still with us, Garfield might instead opt to log on via modem to reach his college mentor. But would his education be […]

  • Part-Timers at This School Now Get a $1,000 Kill Fee for Cancelled Classes

    A contract between Champlain College and its unionized part-time professors was ratified and released Monday. Champlain adjuncts have been unionized with the Service Employees International Union since last year. The union and the college have been hashing out a contract for months, and after a 10-hour negotiation session that went late into the night Aug. 24 they struck an […]

  • Land of a Thousand Lesson Plans

    by Evelyn Beck “OF THE PEOPLE, by the people, for the people…” Those famous words from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address referred to the U.S. government. But they might also apply to MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and On-line Teaching), an invaluable—and free—resource of over 10,000 Web-based learning materials created and constantly expanded by faculty […]

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