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Contract Instructing in Ontario—A Personal Perspective

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by Andrew Robinson I am a relative newcomer to contract instructing, having moved to Ontario from Saskatchewan in 2010, for family reasons related to health care for my younger son, who 
is a special-needs child. We moved from Saskatchewan because we were unable to get the health care we needed for him. My wife and I […]

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USC Student Argues SEIU Adjunct Union Not a Panacea

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by Valerie Yu Last Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board announced landmark results for USC’s faculty union vote, allowing USC, the largest private university in the state, to organize faculty. Though unions aren’t good or bad per se, it’s paramount to keep in mind that they also aren’t a panacea to the growing concerns of […]

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I Teach University Physics, But I’m on Government Assistance

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by Andrew Robinson Recently, I had a perfectly reasonable request from a student who wanted to review an exam from last term. I was unable to comply with this request because to do so would be to give my employer more of my time for free. As a dedicated teacher, I am extremely sad about […]

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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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DePaul Adjunct Calls Out College President on Efforts to “Intimidate” Faculty

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by Brendan McQuade On Jan. 14,  DePaul University faculty received a letter addressing a campaign by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to unionize DePaul’s contingent faculty.  While the tone of the email was softened by references to DePaul’s “culture” and “values,” the message is no doubt intended to dissuade, if not intimidate, faculty. Students […]

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A Letter to My Students as I Leave Adjunct Teaching

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by Dana Biscotti Myskowski I’ll miss you. If you don’t believe me, ask any of my former students. Or ask my husband who has had to put up with my moping and my bouts of tears these past few weeks as the semester winds down to an end. It’s not you; it’s me. I can’t teach […]

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PC Culture on College Campuses—Who’s to Blame?

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by Ramesh Ponnuru Is political correctness on campus a real problem? Tellingly, it is less often defended than it is minimized. In the 1990s, it was sometimes dismissed as a conservative “myth.” In recent months — with students demanding resignations, apologies and various other concessions from their administrators over perceived slights — liberals have bent over backward […]

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Higher Ed. is Under Attack from Within by Disaffected Students

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by James H. “Smokey” Shott College campuses — once the bastion of diverse opinion, a garden where ideas thrived, where contrary viewpoints were freely expressed — are fast becoming cesspools of narrow-mindedness that stifle free speech, where political correctness rules over common sense, where free thinking is discouraged, and they are occupied more and more by […]

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Profs Making Friends with Students? Why Not?

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A few months ago I needed somewhere to crash after a university social event and decided to stay at a student’s house. I planned this in advance, because I knew that I’d miss the last train home, and my partner was fine with the arrangement. But when I mentioned it to colleagues, I could tell […]

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Catholic Colleges Face Religious Objections to Adjunct Income Inequality

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Gerald J. Beyer,  associate professor of Christian ethics at Villanova University, has posted an interesting journal article that holds Catholic universities accountable for their treatment of poorly paid adjunct faculty. He writes: Some Catholic institutions pay significantly above the national median per course, but the pay rate for most adjuncts on our campuses mostly mirrors […]

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