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Terror Is Winning & Winning Is Terror

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By Dorinda Fox I am an old school feminist in that I believe the political is personal and the personal is political.  That is what today’s little rant is about in three parts as prescribed for Western rhetoric and argument by the definitely non-feminist and sometimes downright sexist Plato through his teacher/muse Socrates.  The three parts […]

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Teaching is NOT Fortune Telling

By Dorinda Fox Disclaimer  #1: I could never be an elementary school teacher.  When I go to my seven-year-old daughter’s class 20 children seem like 100 children.  I cannot get out of the classroom fast enough.  All 20 of them are short, they run faster than me, and they are loud. Disclaimer #2: There is […]

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Lecturing About Collaboration, Then Refusing To Do To It Myself

By Dorinda Fox This following is what I tell students about conflict and collaboration both in academia and the workplace. I tell them this in person for f2f lecture, as well as as part of a much longer lecture in online courses. Experienced writers and communicators always communicate. They show work to peers in early […]

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Turn Off the Computer. Get Out of Your House.

By Dorinda Fox The editor of AdjunctNation.com found me through an article Salon.com published about two serious bouts with cancer and the effect of that on raising my children. In that article I explained that blogging at Salon had allowed me to create an online identity for my children should I not survive and served […]

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Teaching in A Company Town of Dreams

By Dorinda Fox Orlando was once a company town and the company was Disney. The success of the Disney theme parks and hotels begat more theme parks and hotels. Nowadays, it would be more accurate to describe Orlando as a theme park industry town. It is possible on a given day when visiting Orlando to […]

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A Recipe For Dealing With Student Complaints: Cruises, Karaoke & Fighting Fair

By Dorinda Fox Over 90 percent of the time I feel lucky to be paid to teach writing.  The other 10 percent of the time that I do not feel lucky is when posting final grades and dealing with grade complaints.   That is when learning to write which has been a cooperative exercise with as […]

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Partying Like It’s 999

By Dorinda Fox I spent one day at Inismore in the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, Ireland in December 2009. The Aran Islands were occupied by the Romans when they attacked Ireland thousands of years ago. There is an area at Inismore called the Seven Churches where the Romans built Catholic churches on top […]

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Eating Guilty Pie

An amusing articulate but frighteningly cynical attorney friend of mine does not think much of marriage. He refers to the institution as “monotonous monogamy” and likes to remind people that familiarity breeds contempt. My ex-husband and I have 20 years of familiarity that bred hip deep contempt and it is no fun for any of us to wade through that bullshit particularly my daughters. Nor is it fair for them. I do admire my daughter for doing the best she can in a bad situation because being 17 is hard all by itself.

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I Am India

By Dorinda Fox A lightbulb went off over my head the other day while I sat listening to the budgetary woes of an academic department during a faculty meeting. Dire solutions are needed for dire situations. I am India. Meet dire solution #1: The per credit hour cost for me to teach a course will always […]

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Glenn Beck, Benito Cereno and Black

By Dorinda Fox I don’t watch Fox News and don’t want to. However, many of my long suffering students, who patiently read what I ask them to read and perform academic tasks I deem worthy, do watch Fox News. If they can read material that might not be their cup of tea or perform tasks […]

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  • SEIU Uses Organizing Strategy Developed in DC To Organize Boston’s PTers

    by Mariah Quinn “We said yes.” That was the consensus of a group of over 100 adjunct professors after a day of panels and discussions about organizing contingent faculty in the Boston metro area to raise standards for their profession. The event was held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Saturday, and […]

  • The Spirit Of Volunteerism Abroad

    by Jeannie Barry-Sanders IF DEDICATION TO the spirit of volunteerism is part of your commitment to the world, opportunity might be waiting for you right around the corner. Volunteers travel to different countries, working for government or non-government agencies. Volunteering can be an expensive way to share your special talents; not only does the volunteer usually receive […]

  • College Temps Carry the Load in Florida

    by Tina Trent As the legislative session begins, so begins two annual, highly publicized tantrums: Tenured faculty at Florida research universities, who earn an average of $98,907 a year, threaten to depart for other states because they feel inadequately appreciated and reimbursed (the dreaded brain drain). Meanwhile, state legislators hysterically oppose any effort to raise […]

  • OFTEN Comes Just in Time

    by Evelyn Beck Not too long ago, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) brought its adjuncts into the twenty-first century. “It’s hard to imagine anyone working without e-mail and computers even though it’s only been a few years since they became standards for adjuncts,” says Kathryn Baker, a former adjunct who has been teaching full time […]

  • CMU Adjuncts Filing To Unionize

    Adjunct faculty at Central Michigan University will vote for union representation in May 2010. Several adjunct faculty filed in February 2010 for a union representation election with Michigan Employment Relations Commission. The group of adjunct faculty, named The Union of Teaching Faculty, has worked with The American Federation of Teachers — Michigan since May 2009. […]

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