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SATIRE: Humorist Concedes—Adjunct Employment Impossible to Satirize

SATIRE: Humorist Concedes—Adjunct Employment Impossible to Satirizeby Teena Angst Satirist Teena Angst, has announced defeat in her attempt to generate satire pertaining to adjunct faculty. Angst explained, “I once met a gay, female, little person, African-American, amputee who was Jewish. I remember thinking that was the most oppressed person in the world. Now I know better. The most marginalized person in America is actually the faculty adjunct, which trumps all the disadvantages of a [read more]

College That Claims it "Can't Afford" Health Care for Adjuncts, Spent $1.6M per FT Faculty/Staff in 2013

College That Claims it by P.D. Lesko Ivy Tech Community College employs 120 full-time faculty and 500 part-time faculty. It's a common ratio at American community colleges these days and it's a ratio meant to achieve exactly one purpose: to save money. Recently, administrators at Ivy Tech alleged that the community college is experiencing a "shortage" of adjunct faculty thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Instead of offering the college's [read more]

How American Universities Have Destroyed Scholarship in the U.S.

How American Universities Have Destroyed Scholarship in the U.S.by Debra Leigh Scott Put simply, universities traditionally have pursued a three-prong mission: 1) to provide excellent educational opportunities, 2) to support scholarly research and study, and 3) to encourage both professional and community service. There has been a lot written recently about how the adjunct situation has negatively impacted our students’ education – and this blog will be addressing that extensive problem in a future post. But [read more]

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

Arizona State University Partners With Poynter Institute to Offer PT Journalism Faculty CertificationThe Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will launch an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communications classes at universities and colleges around the country. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely recognized as one of the nation's premier professional journalism programs. The school, [read more]

Student Loan Forgiveness Bill for Adjunct Faculty Introduced in U.S. Senate

Student Loan Forgiveness Bill for Adjunct Faculty Introduced in U.S. SenateAs the reliance on part-time faculty grows at colleges and universities across the country, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation that would allow part-time faculty – who are often paid low wages with few benefits – to be eligible to participate in the federal student loan forgiveness program for public servants. In Illinois, more than half of all faculty at public and non-profit colleges [read more]

As Grade-Grubbing Worsens, Faculty Turn to “Stand Your Ground” Laws

As Grade-Grubbing Worsens, Faculty Turn to “Stand Your Ground” LawsFORT WELCH, Florida.  Lydia Pfeiffer is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at a state college in this panhandle hamlet, and as she finishes grading the last of 47 exams in her Introduction to Post-Neo-Modernist American Literature course you’d expect her to be smiling. Instead, a look of dread comes over her face as she hesitates before hitting the “Send” button on her computer, [read more]

Back to School

Back to SchoolBy Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Ask, and you shall receive! Awhile back I wrote a blog about my desire to become a student again. Oh, how I missed the back-to-school feeling, the excitement of the new syllabus and mapping out the course assignments. Well, fate has struck and I am enrolled in a Post-Master's Certificate program at the request of the University where I teach. It [read more]

Colleges Become Gated Communities for the Rich—Staffed By The Working Poor

Colleges Become Gated Communities for the Rich—Staffed By The Working PoorAttending a four-year public college may soon be out of reach for all but the wealthiest. This is the greatest assault yet to the American dream. by Andy Kroll A few months ago, Bobby Stapleton, a 21-year-old student at the University of Michigan, received a phone call from his younger brother. The good news came first: a senior in high school, he, too, had been accepted by the [read more]

Appeal For Fairness For Adjunct Professor Goes To The Pope

Appeal For Fairness For Adjunct Professor Goes To The Popeby Jim Hightower If one obscure college professor dies, does it make any difference? If you’re Margaret Mary Vojtko, yes. Margaret Mary died last summer at age 83 — and her death has turned her name into an emotional rallying cry for adjunct college teachers who’re seeking justice from their schools. Vojtko had taught French classes for 25 years at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, earning high marks from her [read more]

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

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Share 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…

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Professor Procrastination—The Fine Art of Cleaning the Fridge While “Grading” »

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Share by Linda Lyle Procrastination is the art of putting off until tomorrow what you don’t want to do today by doing something less distasteful. Usually, people put things off by checking their…

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Share by Shari Dinkins Zimmerman. He walks into the classroom, stalks really. Swings behind the podium without looking up. He is clutching a wizened copy of Dubliners. A student behind me moans, a…

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Why We Won’t Be Seeing an “Adjunct Spring” Anytime Soon »

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Share By Elayne Clift Is there any hope for college adjuncts? It was never my intention to teach when I was in the throes of my career as a health communications and gender…

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SATIRE: Humorist Concedes—Adjunct Employment Impossible to Satirize »

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College That Claims it “Can’t Afford” Health Care for Adjuncts, Spent $1.6M per FT Faculty/Staff in 2013 »

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Share by P.D. Lesko Ivy Tech Community College employs 120 full-time faculty and 500 part-time faculty. It’s a common…

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How American Universities Have Destroyed Scholarship in the U.S. »

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

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Share The Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will launch an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communications classes at universities and colleges around the country. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely…

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

Share 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…

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Prof Punks Chem Students—Sends Imposter to Teach First Day of Class »

Share This prank is proof that any professorial-looking man with a bald head and khakis can walk to the front of a freshman chemistry class on the first day of college and have his way with the ignorant newcomers for as long as his gravitas will carry him. Or until the real professor walks in.…

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

Share The Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will launch an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communications classes at universities and colleges around the country. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is widely…

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A Little Raillery: Long-time Adjunct Instructor Lands Job as President of University »

Share Following a lengthy search for a new president, marked by the firing of two very expensive search firms, the Board of Trustees at City State University has announced an unparalleled decision in the appointment of Dr. Amy Wits, an adjunct instructor of communications, drawn from CSU’s own ranks. This is the first time in…

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