Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

by Laura Hollis A group of law students I teach were recently discussing the merits of the traditional three-year law degree program. “Why not only have two years?” one suggested, “The third year could be a practicum, or a working internship.” That same week, an undergraduate student asked me what I thought about five-year business […]

Have Our Students Turned into Moral Monsters Who Hate Free Speech?

In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings, and shout down speakers they differ with.

Could President Trump’s Extremist Education Agenda Impact College Faculty?

Could President Trump’s Extremist Education Agenda Impact College Faculty?

Not a single source I can find anticipated Trump would look for education expertise in the deep, dark well he repeatedly seems to draw from: the extremist, right-wing evangelical community.

The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas

The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas

by Laura Yeager There is a great circle of life that occurs at the university. Years ago, when I was in graduate school at Iowa State University, I was studying with Jane Smiley.  I had won a fellowship (The Pearl Hogrefe Creative Writing Fellowship) for my first year of study; to finance my second year […]

All the World’s a Stage and Adjuncts, Merely Voters on It

All the World’s a Stage and Adjuncts, Merely Voters on It

by Alissa Montalbano Flustered by official analysis and ad nauseam personal opinions of politics spewed about using purported facts, and even, god forbid, math, we English Majors usually sit by the sidelines and watch elections unfold with a mixture of boredom and confusion. In truth, we are waiting for whoever is speaking to stop so […]

Call Me Adjunct

Call Me Adjunct

While all higher educational institutions resemble each other on the surface, each one is bizarre in its own unique way. Universities, for example, make a big production of registering us, completing stacks of paperwork, background checks, fingerprinting, and the like. All this occurs while we carefully navigate Charybdis and Scylla to show a lively interest in the position without exhibiting the desire, or worse, the assumption, that we will be asked to return next semester.

Professor Watchlist is Watching YOU

Professor Watchlist is Watching YOU

by David M. Perry “Expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” This is the stated aim of the Professor Watchlist, a website that went live on Nov. 19. The project comes from Turning Point USA, a nonprofit group funded to support the work […]

Is it Time to Eliminate Tenure?

Is it Time to Eliminate Tenure?

Though not every contingent faculty member would be eligible for such positions, these alternative models can change the incentive structures inherent in the academic profession. They may be able to remove the negative stigmas surrounding teaching in the academy and may eliminate the class-based distinctions between research and teaching faculty that have resulted from the traditional tenure model.

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