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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]

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]

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

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Back to School »

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Share By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed. Ask, and you shall receive! Awhile back I wrote a blog about my…

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

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Appeal For Fairness For Adjunct Professor Goes To The Pope »

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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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We Need a New Way to Teach Economics »

Share by John Komlos, PhD Remember the walkout of students from their Principles of Economics class at Harvard a couple of years ago in solidarity with the ‘Occupy” movement? They thought that the economics they were being taught was doctrinaire, failed to provide a balanced perspective on the real existing economy, and did not show…

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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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