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 […]

Contract Instructing in Ontario—A Personal Perspective

Contract Instructing in Ontario—A Personal Perspective

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

A Letter to My Students as I Leave Adjunct Teaching

A Letter to My Students as I Leave Adjunct Teaching

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 […]

Higher Ed. is Under Attack from Within by Disaffected Students

Higher Ed. is Under Attack from Within by Disaffected Students

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 […]

Why I’m Walking Away: Tenured Faculty Pity Adjuncts. But We Can’t Help Them.

Why I’m Walking Away: Tenured Faculty Pity Adjuncts. But We Can’t Help Them.

by Oliver Lee My grandmother worked in a school cafeteria. My mother taught second grade. Nearly two decades ago, I resolved to enter public education, too, but with plans to rise even higher. I would become a college professor, advancing the scholarship of my discipline, free from the petty bureaucratic concerns that hamstrung my mother’s career. […]

Why We Decided To Form An Adjunct Union at Our Community College

Why We Decided To Form An Adjunct Union at Our Community College

by Luke Niebler On my first day teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, I was wracked with the normal anxieties of a new college instructor: What if the students don’t like me? What if my lesson plan falls apart? Where exactly is the copy machine? What if my hair looks stupid? […]

Adjuncts Have Fewer Options Than Grad Students at University of Missouri

Adjuncts Have Fewer Options Than Grad Students at University of Missouri

by Carl Kenney Adjunct professors are often treated like Walmart employees. At Walmart, those pulling the strings are most concerned with making money. Consumers flood the retail giant because of   those amazing low prices. “Always low tuition” is the desired slogan of your favorite university. Higher education feels more like Wall Street than a […]

Definition of Crazy? FTer Gives Up Teaching Job For Life As An “Entrepreneurial Journalist” and Adjunct

Definition of Crazy? FTer Gives Up Teaching Job For Life As An “Entrepreneurial Journalist” and Adjunct

by Laurie White Other things you might miss once they’re not there anymore include paid sick leave, paid time off, and a chunk of a bi-weekly paycheck I took for granted for a very long time. Like many idealistic people who dare to dream of occupational change at mid-life, I let these things go on […]

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