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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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Faculty Senate Calls for College’s Adjuncts To Be Paid A “Living Wage”

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by H. Teague Faculty Senates have typically excluded non-tenured faculty. In fact, Faculty Senates have remained bastions of privilege, as an AdjunctNation feature article revealed. In 2005, the Iowa State University Faculty Senate debated whether to recommend the creation of tenure-eligible part-time faculty positions. In March 2011, the Faculty Senate approved revisions to the Faculty Handbook policy on […]

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

This issue of the magazine includes some of my favorite profiles and interviews published over the past decade. Often, readers who subscribe are disappointed to find out that they must purchase articles from our archive in order to read them. At the moment, we have close to 600 articles from which to choose. Every one […]

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No Rush, Really

by P.D. Lesko Everyone hurries through certain tasks. I hurry through brushing my hair sometimes in the morning if I am up late. I pay for it, mind you, with a singularly “Beethoven” look. I hurry through getting dressed, as well, and often find myself hopelessly under- or over-dressed for the weather. As all of […]

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AAUP Election Time

  Over at the American Association of University Professors, it’s election season. The candidates for the presidency are Dr. Cary Nelson and Mr. Thomas E. Guild, J.D.. According to the candidate statement published by Guild on the AAUP web site, Mr. Guild was a full-time tenure-line/tenured professor at the University of Central Oklahoma between 1979 […]

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Letter From the Editor

In December 2007, the Yardly Consulting Group delivered its strategic assessment of graduate programs at the University of Idaho to university president Timothy P. White. According to a letter from White to the college’s faculty, the whopping 400+ page report was to be viewed “as a catalyst for discussion about and the implementation of improvement […]

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Letter from the editor

by P.D. Lesko It seems ages since I wrote my column. I know that for many of you, this issue of Adjunct Advocate marks a return to the magazine after an interruption in our regular publishing schedule. What we have been doing is planning and implementing a huge change in the life of our 15-year-old […]

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Letter From the Editor

Look at the page preceding this one, and you will find yet another fabulous Matt Hall cartoon. Matt and I work together to come up with concepts several times each year. Believe it or not, I am often pushing him to poke fun at Adjunct Advocate. He did in a typically clever cartoon that had […]

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Letter from the Editor

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I have been thinking about what it means to be a college faculty member. What does it mean to accept the responsibility of educating young people (not to mention returning students)? It is an awesome responsibility. Hundreds of thousands of part-time faculty accept that responsibility gladly and with every intention of doing the best job […]

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Hiring Adjuncts as if They Matter

Ward Churchill. Have you heard of him? My guess is that you have. Way back in 2001, this tenured professor made some comments about the World Trade Center attacks, and about the people who died. His right to free speech was defended by his institution, the University of Colorado, in the face of calls to […]

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  • New Research: FT Non-Tenured Faculty View Themselves As Part of An Academic Counter-Culture

    by Sean Nealson Full-time non-tenure track faculty at colleges and universities lack a professional identity and a sense of self worth, according to interviews with these faculty members that formed the basis of a recently published paper co-authored by a University of California, Riverside professor. John S. Levin, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at […]

  • Book Review: The Good Girls Revolt—How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

    by Anne Fischer The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich ISBN: 978-1610391733 288 pages On March 18, 1970, over one hundred activists occupied the offices of the Ladies’ Home Journal. Under the banner of the magazine’s slogan “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman,” […]

  • Can college students learn as well on iPads, e-books?

    by Mary Beth Marklein Oklahoma State University professor Bill Handy has big plans for the Apple iPad this fall. If the text messages he has received since the school announced he would test the tablet-style e-reader in some courses are any indication, students are eager to get their hands on the devices, too. Handy, who […]

  • More Mistakes From My First Semester Teaching Online

    by Jonathan Rees My first semester as an online instructor is almost over. Who knows where the time goes? Curating a respectable online survey course experience comes with a lot of responsibility. In my humble opinion, too many online U.S. history survey courses cling to the vestiges of the traditional lecture model. As I’ve explained here […]

  • A Round-up of the Best Teaching Handbooks
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