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How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)

How Your Student Evals Are Killing Your Chances for a FT Job (And Better Pay)by P.D. Lesko What are the most credible methods and evaluative tools to use when deciding whether to rehire an adjunct faculty member? This is a question that should be asked by hundreds of thousands of college administrators nationwide. Instead, what we get are lazy administrators content to have adjunct faculty evaluations done by the least credible method by the least reliable evaluators: student evaluations. It's high time, someone smacked college administrators upside their [read more]

Want to Break into Online Learning? Try These Tips

Want to Break into Online Learning? Try These TipsOnline teaching can seem like a great gig. The convenience and flexibility afforded by online delivery is a draw for students and instructors alike. But, finding online teaching jobs seems to be getting more challenging. It’s an unusual situation to see that even though the number of positions increases, there is more competition as the number of applicants also seems to be on the rise. A [read more]

10 Things Teaching Online Has Taught Me

10 Things Teaching Online Has Taught MeMichelle Everson I celebrated an anniversary recently. It's been five years since I taught my first online course. When I first started to think about teaching online, I realized I had a lot to learn. I had never been an online student, nor did I know much about distance education. I just knew I wanted to be a part of something I felt would benefit those students [read more]

Adjuncts & Scholarship: An Interview

Adjuncts & Scholarship: An Interviewby Olivia Baxter Sherry Engstrom, an Adjunct Humanities Instructor at the College of Lake County, was a 2016 Striving for Excellence Adjunct Scholarship Winner. She was presented the opportunity to attend and speak at a panel discussion at the 2016 NISOD Conference in Austin, TX. Sherry talks about the importance of scholarship to adjunct faculty, her participation at the NISOD conference on teaching and professional development. [read more]

Plagiarism vs. Originality: Why I [Heart] Melania Trump

Plagiarism vs. Originality: Why I [Heart] Melania Trumpby Diane M. Rubino When I first I started teaching, I knew what plagiarism meant and how it related to schoolwork. But student “cheaters” challenged my beliefs. I also assumed graduate student would submit original work. So it took me by surprise when I noticed a mysterious improvement in one student’s writing capacity, well beyond the skill level he’d demonstrated earlier.[1] When a Google search proved [read more]

Call Me Adjunct

Call Me AdjunctWhile all higher educational institutions resemble each other on the surface, each one is bizarre in its own unique way. Universities, for example, make a big production of registering us, completing stacks of paperwork, background checks, fingerprinting, and the like. All this occurs while we carefully navigate Charybdis and Scylla to show a lively interest in the position without exhibiting the desire, or worse, [read more]

How One PTer Won a "Strive for Excellence" Conference Scholarship & You Could, Too!

How One PTer Won a It’s easy to take myths and, by constant repetition, give them the patina of reality. The same thing is happening in higher education. There are these myths about part-time faculty. Part-time faculty don’t conduct research. Part-time faculty don’t attend academic conferences. Part-time faculty don't care about professional development. All part-time faculty are “drive-by” professors. The truth is adjunct faculty do conduct research, they do publish and they do attend conferences. Adjunct [read more]

Learning Your Students' Names Really Does Matter

Learning Your Students' Names Really Does Matterby Carole R. Beal The new academic year is here, and thousands of students have entered college for the first time. I’ve been teaching college students for a long time, but this year, two developments have led me to think hard about my role as a professor: what it is, or rather, what it should be, with regard to undergraduates. One involves a tenured education professor who was [read more]

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As States Take Aim at Public College Tenure, Adjuncts May Come Out on Top »

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by John A. Neilsson Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, again has filed a bill seeking to end the tenure system at Iowa’s three state universities. Sen. Zaun has filed the bill before,…

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AFT President Says Betsy DeVos a “Lobbyist” not an Educator »

Weingarten laid out a challenge to DeVos, if she is confirmed. “I extend both a challenge and an invitation to Ms. Devos: Spend some time in public schools.”

P.D. Lesko In a speech yesterday at the National Press Club, AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America’s students. Either build on the bipartisan…

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As More College Admins Hired, Perks and Title Porn Out of Control »

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by Jon Marcus By now you’ve likely seen the viral “University Title Generator” meme that parodies the culture of academic bureaucracy by listing made-up administrative titles such as “deputy vice president of the…

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Youngstown OH Passes PT Worker Bill of Rights—650 Youngstown U Adjuncts Benefit »

Johanna Slivinske, a part-time YSU social work instructor and one of more than 650 part-time YSU faculty, said it appears to her the bill “would lead to increased pay equity for part-time faculty and for all part-time workers.”

The bill requires employers to provide part-timers’ work schedules at least two weeks in advance, upon request; pay part-timers the same starting hourly wage as full-timers whose jobs “require equal skill, effort and…

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AAUP to Investigate Firing of PTer at Colorado Comm College »

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by Quincy Snowdon The American Association of University Professors is going to bat for a former Community College of Aurora employee who alleges he was unfairly fired, the association announced Oct. 24. Past…

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UT San Antonio Adjuncts Could Face Layoffs »

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The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that the University of Texas at San Antonio administration has advised the faculty of its biggest college that fiscal belt-tightening moves may stymie the rehiring of adjunct…

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College Enrollment is Down for Fifth Straight Year—Will The Decline Impact Non-Tenured Faculty? »

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by P.D. Lesko According to the Hechinger Report, “college and university enrollment fell during the semester just coming to…

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Documentary Film About Higher Ed “Starving the Beast” Has Many Villains (and Few Heroes) »

Are we willing to pay higher taxes for better higher education? How do we make educational choices for ourselves and for our families? Should university leaders rely on contingent professors while investing in football stadiums and gyms?

If, like me, you are anxious about the condition of public universities, “Starving the Beast” will only heighten your…

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New Study: College Students Taught by Good-looking Lecturers Learn More »

Students found the attractive instructors more motivating, easier to follow and possessed of greater health, intelligence and competence.

A new study finds that college students learn more from good-looking lecturers.…

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New Study: Jobs With Tenure Few and Far Between for Adjunct Women »

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by Kent McDonald Tenure is a goal many professors strive for — but it remains further out of reach…

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Poor, Priviledged and Pedantic—Why America Ignores Under-Employed Ph.D.s »

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by P.D. Lesko The latest NSF report, “The Survey of Earned Doctorates,” relies on data from the University of Chicago’s…

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College Graduation Rates Down? Blame the Adjuncts! »

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by P.D. Lesko Salaries for full-time college faculty are at an all-time high, and the 4-year graduation rate for…

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New Study: Small Percentage of Ph.D.s End up Employed as FT Profs »

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by Becky Rynor Graduates themselves are often unsure of where to look for opportunities outside academe. Valerie Walker admits…

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Why Every Adjunct Should Be Watching Friedrichs v. the California Teaching Association »

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by P.D. Lesko Agency fees, or as education union officials refer to them, “fair share fees,” are paid to…

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    More Mistakes From My First Semester Teaching Online

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    Confessions of a MOOC Prof: What I Learned and What I Worry About

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    Arizona State University Partners With Poynter Institute to Offer PT Journalism Faculty Certification

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    MIT Summit Looks At The Future of Online Learning

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    Campus Threats Made in Online Courses—What’s A Faculty Member To Do?

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    Almost 70 Percent of Classroom Faculty Fear The Growth of Online Learning

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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…

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Learning Your Students’ Names Really Does Matter »

by Carole R. Beal The new academic year is here, and thousands of students have entered college for the first time. I’ve been teaching college students for a long time, but this year, two developments have led me to think hard about my role as a professor: what it is, or rather, what it should…

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Trigger Warnings: Are We Asking Too Much of Faculty and Too Little of Students? »

Professors say college students need to keep an open mind about disturbing or unfamiliar academic material. by Joseph Williams Proponents say they’re creating safe spaces for sexual assault victims, combat veterans, or other college students who have experienced trauma or violence. Experts say they’re well intentioned but doing more harm than good, working against the very…

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“More importantly, and where the big divide comes from is, some students think they’re [being] perfectly reasonable, whereas professors are worried because they feel [the warnings create] a large number of reasons you can punish provocative professors.”

Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom »

by Jeffrey Young Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom. Sherry Turkle has gone from gracing the cover of Wired magazine for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication. In her most recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power…

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Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom »

by Jeffrey Young Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom. Sherry Turkle has gone from gracing the cover of Wired magazine for her boosterish views of technology, to a leading tech skeptic, worried about how our smartphones and always-on culture are short-circuiting human communication. In her most recent book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power…

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The New Adjunct

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An Adjunct Professor Confesses… »

by John Brown [Imaginary dialogue based on Catholic confessions I willingly endured during my Catholic adolescence in the 1960s; doubtless the format/questions/vocabulary have much changed since that epoch.] Georgetown adjunct…

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