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

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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. […]

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

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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? […]

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Adjuncts Have Fewer Options Than Grad Students at University of Missouri

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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 […]

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

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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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  • Professor As Protagonist: Three Mysteries Set in the Ivory Tower

    by Vicki Urquhart In reality, campus murders are relatively rare; yet, from Harvard to Oxford to the University of New Mexico, there is no shortage of murder mysteries set on college or university campuses. Nor is any field of study excluded from the academic mystery genre. The broad range includes the most likely candidates—criminology and […]

  • Streaming Audio Lectures

    by Evelyn Beck Presentations you’ve been using in the classroom can be brought to life on-line by adding an audio narrative. “It brings the sense of a lecture,” says Les Howles, a senior consultant for the Department of Learning Technology and Distance Education at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. “One thing often lost in on-line instruction is a sense of place, a personality. Illustrated audio brings […]

  • Canadian Part-Timers Seek Union Rights

    by Pauline Tama An English teacher at Algonquin College is leading Ontario’s 17,000 part-time and temporary college workers in a fight to win the same rights as their full-time unionized colleagues. Roger Couvrette is expected to meet with Universities and Colleges Minister Chris Bentley next week to demand the Ontario government repeal a law that […]

  • Winterize Your Car

    by Brent Romans If you were to ask your car where it would want to live, and it just so happened to be a talking car, it would most likely say “Southern California.” “It’s warm there, the roads are fairly decent, and I might get to see a movie star,” it would say. If you […]

  • Creative Uses for Textbook Companion Web Sites

    by Denise R. Boyd In today’s competitive textbook market, it’s difficult to find a textbook that doesn’t include free access to a companion Web site. These sites are packed with useful study tools, many of which can be adapted for use in classroom presentations. Moreover, the prices students pay for their books includes the cost […]

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