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Is it Time to Eliminate Tenure?

Though not every contingent faculty member would be eligible for such positions, these alternative models can change the incentive structures inherent in the academic profession. They may be able to remove the negative stigmas surrounding teaching in the academy and may eliminate the class-based distinctions between research and teaching faculty that have resulted from the traditional tenure model.

Though not every contingent faculty member would be eligible for such positions, these alternative models can change the incentive structures inherent in the academic profession. They may be able to remove the negative stigmas surrounding teaching in the academy and may eliminate the class-based distinctions between research and teaching faculty that have resulted from the traditional tenure model.

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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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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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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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It’s Student Evaluation Time—Are Student Evals Worthless?

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by Rebecca Schuman It’s student evaluation time again—and I should be the last professor in the world to complain. With slight exceptions for “caring too much” and courses that meet “too early” (9:10 a.m.), my evaluations are quite good. And yet the student evaluations of teaching (SETs) I’ve received during my decade-long teaching career have meant absolutely nothing. This is […]

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If You Think The Treatment of Adjuncts Doesn’t Impact Tenured Faculty, Think Again

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by Jonathan Rees While this piece from the NYT‘s business section is designed for any worker, it should have special relevance for academics: These are the kinds of comments I hear in my work as a consultant: • “I’m overwhelmed, and with all the changes going on here, it’s getting worse. There aren’t enough hours in the […]

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The Tipping Point: Research Suggests A College Education Is No Longer Worth the Time & Money

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by Marty Nemko We have, for decades, accepted that graduates earn $1 million more than non-graduates over their lifetime. That statistic is misleading for a number of reasons. For example, it’s retrospective to an era when only the best and brightest went to college and employers couldn’t offshore jobs. Those days are over. Higher education […]

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The Next Higher Education Woe That Will Be Blamed on Adjuncts

By P.D. Lesko Over the course of the past three years, adjunct and part-time faculty have been systematically scape-goated for any number of problems plaguing the Academy. Students dropping out like flies? Why, blame the adjuncts. As I wrote in a 2009 blog entry for the Chronicle of Higher Education: "College administrators rend their garments […]

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In Defense of the Liberal Arts

By Victor Hanson The liberal arts face a perfect storm. The economy is struggling with obscenely high unemployment and is mired in massive federal and state deficits. Budget cutting won’t spare education. The public is already angry over fraud, waste, and incompetence in our schools and universities. And in these tough times, taxpayers rightly question […]

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  • 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 […]

  • Are You Ready for These New Education Technology Fads and Trends?

    by Frank Catalano At one point in early May, three different edtech conferences overlapped in the San Francisco Bay Area in the same week: NewSchools Venture Fund’s invitation-only NewSchools Summit, the Software and Information Industry Association’s annual Education Industry Summit, and the U.S. Office of Education Technology’s Future Ready Summit. Coming on the heels of other high-elevation edtech […]

  • Why Not Every Student (or Prof) Deserves a Letter of Recommendation

    Jackie Jones is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Multimedia Journalism at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism. In her essay for the Morgan Global Journalism Review, Jones tackles the subject of letters of recommendation. She writes, “My decision about whether to write a recommendation is also guided by the four […]

  • eArmyU Wants You!

    by Evelyn Beck Because most of the students in her on-line algebra class are soldiers, Sharon Davis takes it in stride when someone disappears temporarily. “If they’re going to Afghanistan, there may be a gap in participation,” says Davis, an adjunct math instructor and the director of instructional development at Central Texas College in Killeen. […]

  • Part-Timers at This School Now Get a $1,000 Kill Fee for Cancelled Classes

    A contract between Champlain College and its unionized part-time professors was ratified and released Monday. Champlain adjuncts have been unionized with the Service Employees International Union since last year. The union and the college have been hashing out a contract for months, and after a 10-hour negotiation session that went late into the night Aug. 24 they struck an […]

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