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In Chicago, Mass Student/Staff Protests in Support of Adjunct Faculty

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The AdjunctNation Editorial Team According to reporting on Chicagoist.com, groups demanding better treatment, pay and benefits for adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education held several demonstrations across the city Wednesday, including at Loyola University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago. “We are everywhere. I want students to look up in […]

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The Extra Credit Experiment

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by Laura Yeager I tried something new last semester in College Writing I–extra credit.  I’ve never offered extra credit points in a college class before (I thought it was kind of babyish), but this year, I decided to try it.  And after doing it once, I don’t think I’ll repeat the process. I wanted to shake […]

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Plagiarism vs. Originality: Why I [Heart] Melania Trump

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by Diane M. Rubino When I first I started teaching, I knew what plagiarism meant and how it related to schoolwork. But student “cheaters” challenged my beliefs. I also assumed graduate student would submit original work. So it took me by surprise when I noticed a mysterious improvement in one student’s writing capacity, well beyond […]

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Diversity and the Exploitiation of Adjunct Professors

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When I was adjuncting, I’m sorry to say it, but I gave into despair. I absolutely love to teach—but I’ve taught at eight different universities and came to see them as interchangeable—just as they saw each body in “the adjunct pool” as interchangeable.

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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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Don’t Blame Adjuncts for Grade Inflation—Blame Plummeting Expectations

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By Donald Hurwitz GRADE INFLATION. The subject is hardly new, and it is real: GPAs on college campuses sit on the border of A-/B+, and grades have ratcheted up a notch every decade or so. It’s hard to make much of academic administrators’ plea for rigor and critical thinking skills when either they’ve already been achieved […]

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Relying on Non-Tenured Faculty = Profit over Integrity

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By Samuel Hazo Many observers would agree that a lot of universities today no longer champion liberal education but are little more than academic corporations that bequeath to their graduates a degree in debt. Such debts often reach six figures and require a lifetime to remit while the lenders receive millions in interest and enrich […]

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A Perspective From Down Under—Adjuncts as Sandwich-Makers

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by Nicki Smith   The phrase ‘Make me a sandwich’, which distills the age-old sexist stereotype that women belong in the kitchen, is something that I have found myself increasingly thinking about in the context of academia. More specifically, I have found myself thinking about where, in academia, the kitchen might lie, and who might […]

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Of Fast Food Academics: Adjuncts, Medicaid & Food Stamps

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by Laura Finley The workers’ rights movement has exploded in the last few years, with fast food, agricultural and other workers staging strikes and other nonviolent actions to demand increased wages, benefits and better working conditions. One group of workers that has received far too little attention is adjunct college professors—those who are hired on a […]

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  • Campus Threats Made in Online Courses—What’s A Faculty Member To Do?

    by Kate Mangu-Ward If a student threatens to shoot his classmates (or himself) on the online message board for his physics class, does that count as a campus threat? That’s just one of the many questions purveyors of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, are asking themselves. Universities have traditionally been asked to play many […]

  • Readers Ask. The Adjunct Advisor Answers.

    by the Adjunct Advisor Students Failing to Cite Sources As part of the course requirements for a Ceramics I class, the students had to complete a brief (approx. 500 words) research paper on a historic ceramic time/culture, such as Ancient Greece, Africa, Italian Renaissance, etc. On the first day of class in January they were […]

  • Getting the Tap: Securing Continuous Online Work

    by Steven N. Pyser, J.D. Whether from playing varsity football, neighborhood dodge ball, or attending the eighth grade dance with great optimism, we all remember the awkward moment waiting for an affirming tap on the shoulder–the signal one has been selected. Fast-forward the calendar. You are a credentialed, well-qualified and competent online faculty member. You […]

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  • Tax Credits For EVs and Hybrid EVs

    by P.D. Lesko THE 1990 CENSUS estimated that 3.90 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walked to work. A decade later, the 2000 United States Census estimates that only 2.68 percent of American workers over the age of 16 walk to work. In the last decade, slightly more than a million people […]

  • Distance Education: Getting Started

    by Jo Gibson Adjunct faculty have a wide comfort zone: they prepare lectures, monitor classroom discussion, devise tests, assign grades–no problem! However, even for faculty with wide-ranging professional skills and experience, on-line teaching can be a hard sell. Consider Dr. David Dutton [pseud.], professor and department chair. Aggressively pursuing additional work to supplement his income, […]

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