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Listed Prof. Says: “Professor Watchlist Gets an F for Accuracy”

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If the Professor Watchlist were a research paper, I’d give it an F. Much of the information about me on the Watchlist is simply untrue.

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

Need more evidence that Trump will usher in an education agenda largely dominated by the evangelical community? Another candidate Trump also considered for education secretary was Larry Arnn.

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.

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The Academic Circle of Life & Excellent Usage of Commas

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Call Me Adjunct

Life as divine comedy: In a single day we can hear from a community college student bemoaning Alice Walker’s choice of the color purple or a military student calling Hamlet a “pussy” for taking the entire play to kill Claudius. In that same day, we can read an essay from a university student detailing what, exactly, those Bronte sisters really did with that Moor.

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.

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Professor Watchlist is Watching YOU

The issue is that such a list is intended to intimidate. People who are in precarious positions, people who lack support within their institutions, or just generally people from vulnerable groups.

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 […]

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A Plan to Reduce the Number of Academically Unprepared College Students

If students can avoid remedial classes in college, research shows they are much more likely to stay in school and earn a college degree.

If students can avoid remedial classes in college, research shows they are much more likely to stay in school and earn a college degree.

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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.

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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Prof. Behind ‘Social Media Buddha’ Brand Unmasked as Total ‘Biyatch’

“None of us in the sociology department want to sit by her at meetings or even enter the faculty coffee lounge when Linda is there because she is so negative,” said another colleague who feared going on record because Feaster serves on the tenure approval board. “Her term of endearment for students is ‘getter-in-the-wayers....’"

A little satire from our friends at The Cronk of Higher Education Sociology Professor Linda Feaster, a.k.a. “The Social Media Buddha” to fans across the world for her inspiring, warmhearted hourly posts was revealed by peers and students Tuesday as a heartless shrew. “Our department had no idea Linda had such a widespread reputation for […]

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Professor Embraces Flipped Classroom. “Twice As Much Time to Lecture!”

“I already have all my lectures memorized verbatim, from the twenty years I’ve given them. This semester, I’m going to videotape myself presenting each one. By next fall, I’ll be able to assign each week’s lectures as homework.”

from the Cronk of Higher Education Professor Rupert Villanueva returned from the recent Conference for Learning Engagement elated over a teaching model that many instructors presented about. “This is going to change everything!” said Villanueva about what is commonly called the “flipped classroom.” In order to maximize the time students spend discussing and analyzing information […]

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  • The Woe-Is-Us Books

      By Stanley Fish Last week, as I was preparing a presentation for still another conference on the fate of the liberal arts in our time, two things happened. The first was that I read or re-read a bunch of recent books (mostly short and punchy) on the subject — “Crisis On Campus” (Mark C. […]

  • Korean Part-Timers Will Get Better Pay & Benefits Thanks to New Legislation

      Part-time lecturers at universities nationwide will be given the same status as the regular teaching staff under a new plan of the Presidential Committee on Social Cohesion, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The plan, announced Monday, now goes to the National Assembly. Their treatment became an issue in June […]

  • A review of Teaching Defiance: Stories and Strategies for Activist Educators

    by Kristen Kennedy Calls for change—from student attitudes toward the subjects we teach to the conditions under which adjunct faculty labor—are familiar topics around the water cooler in academe. Rarely, though, do our calls come with specific directions for mapping out the means of achieving those desired ends. But two recent books take on the […]

  • As the Boy Scouts Always Say: “Be Prepared”

    by Evelyn Beck When it comes to computers, count on Murphy’s Law: if something can go wrong, it will. So to avoid crises ranging from delayed access to destroyed data, plan ahead. Here are a few tips (which you will probably also want to share with your students): Virus protection Virus protection software is a […]

  • Active Learning vs. Lecturing in the College Classroom

    by Paul T. Corrigan One often hears of active learning as a new approach. In contrast, lecturing is the traditional method. Those who support active learning consider it an innovation. Those who do not consider it “another in a long line of educational fads,” as Michael Prince notes. The sequence and chronology remain undisputed either way. Lecturing came first. It has […]

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