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Thousands of International Scholars Call for U.S. Academic Conference Boycott to Protest Muslim Travel Ban

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by Ellie Bothwell More than 4,000 scholars have signed a petition calling for an academic boycott of international conferences held in the U.S., to provide solidarity with those affected by Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. The petition questions the “intellectual integrity” of international conferences in the country while the ban persists […]

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Philly Adjunct Lauches Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy U.S. Senator’s Vote to Block DeVos Appointment

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“I watched all three hours of the Betsy DeVos hearings, and I was appalled that I could answer some of the basic education policy questions that seemingly stumped her,” Fritz said. “I mean, I’m an adjunct faculty member at a community college, not an expert in education reform, and it was shocking to me that her answers about how to regulate and oversee charter schools didn’t seem to have any concrete proposals, or that she couldn’t distinguish between growth and proficiency.”

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Barnard Adjunct Faculty Union Calls Strike to Get $9K Per Course Minimum

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by P.D. Lesko The Barnard Contingent Faculty union, affiliated with the United Auto Workers, is ready to strike in order to force college officials to raise per course pay for adjunct faculty to as much as $9,000 per course, among . According to BCF-UAW officials, “In early December, we voted overwhelmingly (119 yes – 15 […]

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As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top

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by John A. Neilsson Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Zaun has filed the bill before, but this year Senate File 41 may get more attention with Republicans controlling the Senate. The bill also would ban tenure at […]

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AFT President Says Betsy DeVos a “Lobbyist” not an Educator

Weingarten laid out a challenge to DeVos, if she is confirmed. “I extend both a challenge and an invitation to Ms. Devos: Spend some time in public schools.”

P.D. Lesko In a speech yesterday at the National Press Club, AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America’s students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, […]

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As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control

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by Jon Marcus By now you’ve likely seen the viral “University Title Generator” meme that parodies the culture of academic bureaucracy by listing made-up administrative titles such as “deputy vice president of the committee on community climate,” “principal deputy dean of the committee on learning affairs,” and “temporary lead deputy chancellor of facilities compliance of […]

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Youngstown OH Passes PT Worker Bill of Rights—650 Youngstown U Adjuncts Benefit

Johanna Slivinske, a part-time YSU social work instructor and one of more than 650 part-time YSU faculty, said it appears to her the bill “would lead to increased pay equity for part-time faculty and for all part-time workers.”

The bill requires employers to provide part-timers’ work schedules at least two weeks in advance, upon request; pay part-timers the same starting hourly wage as full-timers whose jobs “require equal skill, effort and responsibility;” and give them proportional access to sick leave, personal leave and vacation.

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AAUP to Investigate Firing of PTer at Colorado Comm College

CCA adjunct faculty member Nathanial Bork alleges his college employer demanded he lower academic standards. (Photo N. Bork)

by Quincy Snowdon The American Association of University Professors is going to bat for a former Community College of Aurora employee who alleges he was unfairly fired, the association announced Oct. 24. Past AAUP investigations on behalf of part-time faculty who’ve alleged unfair dismissal include ones at CUNY and North Idaho College. In a news […]

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UT San Antonio Adjuncts Could Face Layoffs

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The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that the University of Texas at San Antonio administration has advised the faculty of its biggest college that fiscal belt-tightening moves may stymie the rehiring of adjunct faculty next semester. While no official decision has been made yet, a loss of adjunct faculty members in the College of Liberal […]

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After Presidential Debate Where Candidates Snub Higher Ed., Clinton Pitches Plan to Lower College Costs

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Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders were in Durham, New Hampshire today discussing their shared belief that cost should not be a barrier for anyone who chooses to go to college, and student debt should not hold Americans back after they leave school. Hillary Clinton highlighted a plan to confront the skyrocketing cost of college. Her plan would […]

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  • 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 […]

  • Adjunct Critical of Union’s Refusal to Cooperate With Police on Embezzlement of Dues Urges PTers to Boycott Union

    by P.D. Lesko In Washington State, the AFT and NEA have a virtual lock on the organization of higher education faculty. At Green River Community College (GRCC) in Auburn, Washington, the faculty are represented by a singular AFT-NEA joint affiliate. Kathryn Re teaches mathematics at Green River Community College, and in 2011 helped co-found an […]

  • New Study: Who’s NOT Reading Books in America? (The Answer May Surprise You)

    The share of Americans who report not reading any books in the past 12 months is largely unchanged since 2012, but is slightly higher than in 2011, when the Center first began conducting surveys of book-reading habits. That year, 19 percent of adults reported not reading any books.

  • La Vida Ecuadoriana: Teaching English in Ecuador.

    by Michael D’Entremont A FEW YEARS ago, I saw a film at the Smithsonian Institute about the Galapagos Islands. When I saw the sea lions and the penguins lumbering and sunning themselves on the volcanic rock, I knew that I would go there someday. In February 2003, I began to ask myself, why not this […]

  • New law, e-books and rentals may make college textbooks less costly

    by Eric Gorski On Friday afternoons between work and rugby practice, Brittany Wolfe would rush to the campus library hoping copies of her advanced algebra textbook had not all been checked out by like-minded classmates. It was part of the math major’s routine last quarter at the University of California, Los Angeles: Stand in line […]

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