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An Adjunct Professor Confesses…

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by John Brown [Imaginary dialogue based on Catholic confessions I willingly endured during my Catholic adolescence in the 1960s; doubtless the format/questions/vocabulary have much changed since that epoch.] Georgetown adjunct professor [GAP, yours truly]: Bless me Father, for I have sinned. Priest: I bless you, my son. What sins do you confess? GAP: I have […]

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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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Back to School

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By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Ask, and you shall receive! Awhile back I wrote a blog about my desire to become a student again. Oh, how I missed the back-to-school feeling, the excitement of the new syllabus and mapping out the course assignments. Well, fate has struck and I am enrolled in a Post-Master’s Certificate […]

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Newsflash to the Older Women of the Local College: “You’re a Very Tangible Part of the Problem.”

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by Sandra Keifer I can say this because I’m one of you. Here is a newsflash to the older women of the local college adjunct faculty—you who are supported by engineer husbands and teeter precariously on the high wire of self-esteem, eternally grateful that any local college would hire you: Not only do you fail […]

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Questionable Professionalism & New Adjuncts — Drawing the Line

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. True headline: “Campus Shock: Michigan Professor Actually Takes Nude Pictures…With Student.” Wow. Just wow. Seriously? Where do I begin? When you first read that headline, since you are most likely an educator, don’t you say to yourself, “Ugh, I would never do that!”? I think of myself in this situation and […]

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Are Your Students Prepared For College When They Get To Class?

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Are your students prepared for your class when they walk through your door? I read an interesting article about the preparedness (or lack thereof) of many college students for what awaits them in higher education. The New York Times article tell us that “the new statistics, part of a push […]

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Ever Miss Being The Student?

By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Do you ever miss being a student? I don’t mean a student of the world, or a life-long learner, as those of us in education tend to be. I don’t mean the Chris Farley in Tommy Boy or Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School type either. I mean a student, […]

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For Adjuncts Life Can Be Tough, But Let’s Accentuate the Positive

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By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Let’s accentuate the positive. In this time of protests, war, and crises of epic proportions, perspective is in order for my world. I love my profession and am thankful for the job(s) I have. Too often we focus on what we don’t like or what disappoints us. I want to […]

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When the Prof Misses Being the Student

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By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Do you ever miss being a student? I don’t mean a student of the world, or a life-long learner, as those of us in education tend to be. I don’t mean the Chris Farley in Tommy Boy or Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School type either. I mean a student, […]

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Is Google Destroying Higher Education?

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By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. I just read a great book. It’s titled, “The Googlization of Everything,” by Siva Vaidhyanathan and it discusses the impacts of Google technology on our world. Of particular interest to me were the chapters about the impact of Google on higher education, students, and scholarship. The book focuses on both […]

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  • 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 […]

  • DC-Wide Union Movement Targets PTers @ Georgetown U.

    by Braden McDonald Building on its success in unionizing adjunct faculty members at The George Washington University and American University, officials of the Service Employees International Union Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor have begun marshalling support for a similar union at Georgetown. According to Kip Lornell (pictured left), vice president for higher education at SEIU Local 500, the union […]

  • One Man’s Mission To Bring the Gospel According to SEIU To DC Adjuncts

    by Kelly McDonald In 2008, Kip Lornell wrote a piece for AdjunctNation about his seven-year effort to help his colleagues at George Washington University to unionize: It took me the same number of years (seven-and-a-half) to earn a B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. as it did to help organize the part-time faculty The George Washington University […]

  • Prairie State College P/Timers Set to Organize

    Part-time instructors at Prairie State College in Illinois said they are confident they will organize into a union. The question is when—and what organization will represent them. A group of about 25 adjunct faculty formed Adjunct Instructors United in May 2004 with the intent of organizing into a union and negotiating a new contract. A […]

  • Hire-A-Pirate Service Seeks to Make Rented e-Textbooks More, Ahem, “Affordable” For Students

    During August, just before the start of the new school term, TorrentFreak reported on LibraryPirate, a site with a mission of providing college students with an alternative to continuously rising textbook prices. Bemoaning what he sees as greedy profiteering, LibraryPirate’s admin says the year-old site’s aim is clear. “Our mission is simple and specific,” he told TorrentFreak. […]

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