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Since When is a B Not Good?

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by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon I was at the doctor’s last week, and, as is typical for me, I had a book along to read. The nurse came in, saw the book, and asked how I liked it. She was thinking of getting it for her boyfriend. I said I would give it a B so far–I […]

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Master’s Degrees Need Not Apply

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by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon As I continue my search for work, I get lots of e-mails from various job websites. Some of the leads they send me are right in line with my skills, others are not. I’m not sure about the one I got suggesting I go work at Hooters. Anyway, when I see ones […]

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Princess Week–Really?

by Kelly O’Connor Salomon There I was, happily eating my yogurt and going through the fliers in the Sunday paper. Then, as I was looking through the Target flier, I saw that it was Princess Week. I nearly swallowed my tongue. I was raised on Disney movies; let me say that up front. However, as […]

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How Students React to Violence

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon One of the books in a Popular Fiction class I am teaching is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is read after A Thousand Splendid Suns. This class, more than in the past, students have responded negatively toward Tattoo, complaining that the violence is over the top and gratuitous. At least […]

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A Post Revisited

by Kelly A. O’Connor-Salomon I was trying to figure out what to write about this week, then I read another blog post that took offense with one of my earlier articles. I think I was misunderstood to a degree, and I wanted to take a moment to respond. First off, as I noted in a […]

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Hoo Sez We Don’t Need Diktionaries?

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by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon OK–I have to admit it hurt to write the title that way, but I bet it got your attention! Recently, a former student of mine, who is now a teacher, posted on my husband’s Facebook page that she’s been told by teachers and students in her school that dictionaries are passé because […]

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May I Have a Desk(less) Copy, Please?

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by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon Working entirely from home has required several adjustments, but a new one rose to the surface last week. I am fortunate to have three classes lined up for the Fall already, but one of them is a class I have not taught for some time, and I have no idea what I […]

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The Perils of Online Texts

by Kelly O’Connor-Salomon I have one online seminar class that I have been teaching for a long time. Up until recently, I have been able to design the course myself, choosing the theme and the texts. However, the school decided they wanted to make this class, like many of their others, completely pre-packaged. Fortunately, I […]

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No Money, No (Real) Sacrifices, No Kidding

by Kelly A. O’Connor-Salomon Until recently, I was one of the lucky adjuncts. I taught regularly for just a couple of schools and had a full-time administrative position at one of them. After seven years, I came to believe that these classes would be a constant. I was wrong. Because of drops in enrollment, full-time hires, […]

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  • A Review of How the University Works

    reviewed by P.D. Lesko How the University Works is the first book of a writer who truly believes he has something important to share about what he perceives as the increasingly corporate nature of higher education. His audience is the choir, and he preaches up a storm. Author Marc Bousquet is an associate professor of […]

  • VP Vote Contested at NYU

    AFTER A CONTENTIOUS election last March, the president of the NYU/New School University adjuncts union resigned this fall, creating a new dispute over the vice president’s claim to the vacant position. Joel Schlemowitz, the former first vice president of Local 7902, accepted the presidency after Ward Regan, a former adjunct professor at NYU, stepped down […]

  • How to Manage Classroom Conflict

    By Dr. Bruce Johnson Have you experienced conflict in your classroom? Are you aware of conditions that can disrupt a productive learning environment? Adjuncts often find that discussions can be a source of conflict because students may share diverse views, personal beliefs, or opinions, and that creates a potential for miscommunication, heated debate, and negative […]

  • The edu-Tweet Movement Becomes a Lifeline for Faculty

    by Emma Brown After her first year teaching history in a public high school in the District, Jamie Josephson was exhausted and plagued by self-doubt. Teaching had been more grueling than she ever expected. Law school began to sound appealing. Then she stumbled onto Twitter. In the vast social network on the Web, she discovered […]

  • The TKO of Washington State House Bill 5802

    by Brooke Pielli Bill 5802 should have been on the fast track to passage and signing. Fifteen state senators and the American Federation of Teachers sponsored it. According to Keith Hoeller, Washington’s 7,900 part-time faculty would certainly have benefited. Hoeller, is the co-founder of the Washington State Part-Time Faculty Association, and a member of the […]

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