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


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


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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Profs Making Friends with Students? Why Not?


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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Can Student Activists Push Administrators to Raise Pay for PT Faculty?


by Brian Min In April 2015, hundreds of students and professors from Columbia supported CU Fight for 15 by demonstrating in front of Low Steps to promote a $15 minimum wage for low-income workers and raising the wages of adjunct professors. CU Fight for 15 continues to be an active organization on campus and recently rallied to […]

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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 […]

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Academic Publishing is Destined to Fail without Better Publisher-Author Partnership


by Ken Wachsberger IN THE MAY 26, 2014 issue of The Nation, Scott Sherman wrote about the precarious state of academic publishing due largely to pressures it faces, including from declining library budgets, the rise of commercial publishing conglomerates, and especially the growing popularity of electronic publishing, seen by some university press directors as “a decisive rupture from the […]

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Gentleman Scholars & The Rise of the Higher Ed Aristocracy


by Rick Perlstein Here’s a personal observation with a political thrust: if I were single, I don’t think I could handle dating a graduate student in the humanities or the social sciences. Or someone with a PhD but not a tenure-track job. Or perhaps even a junior professor working for tenure. When I close my […]

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New Survey Suggests Adjuncts May Be Unrealistic About Their Career Prospects


by P.D. Lesko Fasten your seat belts. There’s a new study out, the “College Graduate Employment Survey,” by Accenture. Who’s Accenture? From the company’s website: “Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 261,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries […]

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Oakton CC Tells Dept. Chairs: “Limit Adjuncts’ Hours to Avoid Affordable Healthcare Act Pay-out”

by Tom Robb When Henry Ford first put his Model T’s and Model A’s on the assembly line, he introduced a revolutionary concept: workers should be able to afford the cars they are making. That concept seems lost on today’s business leaders and others. Last week, Oakton Community College, which serves Glenview and several North […]

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