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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]

Austin Community College Adjuncts Rally for Health Coverage

Austin Community College Adjuncts Rally for Health Coverage by Becky Stieber Villarreal The road to health benefits for adjuncts at Austin Community College (ACC) has been long and arduous. Since the college’s inception forty years ago, it has been plagued by its overreliance on contingent faculty. Today, of the nearly 2000 faculty members whoteach at the mega-college that now sprawls across Central Texas with well over 100locations, approximately 70% are adjuncts. In a brazen response to declining enrollment, [read more]

Satire: Dead Professor Wins Top Online Teaching Awards

Satire: Dead Professor Wins Top Online Teaching Awardsby Teena Angst Freelance Writer “Clarence was such a loving and attentive partner, I never even knew he was teaching classes during his last few years,” said widow Clara Franklin. Broken Bend College admitted this week that one of its online professors has been dead for the last six semesters. This came as a surprise to many of the students who had been enrolled in Dr. Clarence Franklin’s [read more]

Scientists Prove Long-Held Assumption that Elected Campus Positions Lead to Premature Arrogance Syndrome

Scientists Prove Long-Held Assumption that Elected Campus Positions Lead to Premature Arrogance SyndromeResearchers at Winchester Tech have finally ended the ubiquitous nature/nurture debate about the onset of Premature Arrogance Syndrome (PAS) in campus elected officials. “We’ve made the mistake of considering all elected officers the same because they exhibited the same symptoms,” said Biosociologist Ron Shay. “We ignored subtle differences, which delayed our ability to isolate the cause.” According to Shay and his research team, students faculty and staff [read more]

New Rules Define Workload of Part-Time College Instructors

New Rules Define Workload of Part-Time College Instructorsby Nick Anderson New rules for the Affordable Care Act spell out for the first time a federal method to define the workload of part-time college instructors, but the formula will not necessarily require schools to provide the instructors with health-care coverage. The question of how to count hours worked by adjunct faculty members has been debated for more than a year on many campuses — one of [read more]

Campus Equity Week Is Just Around the Corner: October 28-Nov 2

Campus Equity Week Is Just Around the Corner: October 28-Nov 2by P.D. Lesko This brief history of Campus Equity Week comes from long-time adjunct activist Chris Storer: The issues of contingent academic employment in higher education are, we believe, universal. They threaten the foundation of human intellectual development and socio-political progress worldwide. CEW/FEW has its roots in a coalition established for a common week of action throughout California's 107 community college campuses (CCCs) in Spring 2000 (Called Action [read more]

Who Let Adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko Die Penniless? Her Employer, Her Union? Her Family, Herself?

Who Let Adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko Die Penniless? Her Employer, Her Union? Her Family, Herself?by P.D. Lesko Anytime someone dies it is sad. Margaret Mary Vojtko taught French for 25 years at Duquesne University, a Catholic university whose officials have fought the unionization of its adjunct faculty using the absurd argument that a unionized faculty would interfere with the college's ability to "inculcate Catholic values among its students." Georgetown University pointed to the the Catholic Church's social justice teachings, which favor labor [read more]

Researchers: Poor Treatment of Adjunct Teaching Staff Leads To Improved Faculty Performance

Researchers: Poor Treatment of Adjunct Teaching Staff Leads To Improved Faculty PerformanceBy Abby Junckt Findings from a new study by Bodge State University reveal that mistreatment of adjunct teaching staff including verbal assault, defamation, tighter control and harassment increase job performance. The two year study ran tests on adjuncts based on age, length of service, non-peer and student evaluations, belief in the system, and clear signs of campaigning for tenure positions such as ersatz self-promotion and sycophancy. The [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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Colleges Become Gated Communities for the Rich—Staffed By The Working Poor »

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Share Attending a four-year public college may soon be out of reach for all but the wealthiest. This is…

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Appeal For Fairness For Adjunct Professor Goes To The Pope »

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Share by Jim Hightower If one obscure college professor dies, does it make any difference? If you’re Margaret Mary…

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Austin Community College Adjuncts Rally for Health Coverage »

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Share by Becky Stieber Villarreal The road to health benefits for adjuncts at Austin Community College (ACC) has been long and arduous.…

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Satire: Dead Professor Wins Top Online Teaching Awards »

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Share by Teena Angst Freelance Writer “Clarence was such a loving and attentive partner, I never even knew he…

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  1. At Columbia College Adjunct Union Seeks To Represent Staff
  2. Report Highlights Importance of More Fully Engaging Part-Time Faculty at Community Colleges
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  4. The Most Dangerous States In Which To Teach College (If You Think Carrying Concealed Firearms Are Dangerous)
  5. Arizona Community College Gives FT Faculty and Staff 1 Percent Raises—Adjuncts Get $7/Credit Hour
  6. At Columbia College Chicago, Lecturer’s Oscar-Nominated Film Leads To Courses Being Pulled
  7. Appeal For Fairness For Adjunct Professor Goes To The Pope
  8. Faculty Senate Leaders Add Positions For Non-Tenured Colleagues
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    Profile in Courage: 70-Year-Old Philly Freeway Flyer Juggles Classes and Chemo

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    Adjunct Award Winners: Fulbright Winner Off to Ireland

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    When the Chemistry Is Just Right: Marina Stavytska-Barba

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    Adjunct Faculty Awards: Boise State Adjunct Wins 2012 NEA Fellowship

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    The Expat Who Took On Italy: Lecturer David Petrie Is Still Fighting

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    Poet & Part-Time Faculty Member Lands NEA Grant

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    In the Shadow of the Rouge Plant: Dearborn’s Newest Labor Union

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    Susan Titus: The Grey-Haired Warrior

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    Bonnie Halloran: LEO’s Pride

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    Becky Villarreal: The Yellow Rose of Texas

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    Kentucky Part-Timer Ken Hardy & the “N” Word

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MOOCs Will Probably Turn Out To Be Little More Than An Edu-tainment “Bubble” »

Share by Peter Scott I have tried, really hard, not to write about MOOCs. But I can’t keep it up forever, and what better time than the silly season to write about this phenomenon, which may transform higher education, or just turn out to be another damp squib. MOOCs, for anyone who has switched off from the…

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Gentleman Scholars & The Rise of the Higher Ed Aristocracy »

Share 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…

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RateMyProfessor 2013 “Best Profs” List Filled With Non-Tenured Faculty »

Share by P.D. Lesko The second highest rated “professor” in the United States on the faculty rating website RateMyProfessor.com is Devon Hanahan. Hanahan, who teaches Spanish at the University of Charleston, is a non-tenured faculty member. She has taught at the college for 16 years. What is Hanahan’s secret to success in the classroom, or…

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MIT Summit Looks At The Future of Online Learning »

Share On March 4, 2013 at the MIT Media Lab, MIT and Harvard University, the founders of the online-learning initiative edX, convened a group of academic leaders and other online-learning experts for a daylong summit meeting titled “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education.” On hand were, among others, the presidents and provosts of MIT and…

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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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Faculty Senate Leaders Add Positions For Non-Tenured Colleagues »

Share The Faculty Senate at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas unanimously passed a proposal that would create two new positions on the governing body to represent contingent faculty—part time faculty including…

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