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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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  • The Before, During & After of a Great Lecture

    The lecture can be an immensely effective tool in the classroom, allowing an instructor to provide an overarching theme that organizes material in an illuminating and interesting way. The instructor must take care, however, to shape the lecture for the specific audience of students who will hear it and to encourage those students to take […]

  • More Faculty Using Social Media in the Classroom

    by Jonathan Dame A month before they walked into her classroom last fall, Krista Jackman told her freshmen writing students to join Twitter. Their assignment: get to know each other. “My goal in all the classes that I teach is to get my students as comfortable as I can as quickly as I can,” says Jackman, […]

  • Paychecks Come Late (Again) & PTers Launch Public Food Drive In Response

    Food drives have become increasingly common in the aftermath of the Great Recession. But the drive launched at Kalamazoo Valley Community College January 11th is a little different: People are bringing in food and gift cards, not to help out strangers in need, but their coworkers. “The full-time faculty have been wonderful. They were the […]

  • More Mistakes From My First Semester Teaching Online

    by Jonathan Rees My first semester as an online instructor is almost over. Who knows where the time goes? Curating a respectable online survey course experience comes with a lot of responsibility. In my humble opinion, too many online U.S. history survey courses cling to the vestiges of the traditional lecture model. As I’ve explained here […]

  • 1,300+ Kent State Adjuncts Rebuffed by AFT/NEA/AAUP Affiliate With United Steel Workers

    by Alex Delaney-Gesing Traci West doesn’t teach film courses in Kent State’s Journalism and Mass Communication program for the money. She teaches because it’s what she wants to do with the rest of her life. “I love what I do — I really do. I love being able to talk film with my kids,” she said. […]

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