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Adjunct Man: Hidden Hominid or Hoax?

Share by Rob Schnelle The following news release was rescued from the hard drive of a surplused computer from Beetlebrow State University, whose Faculty Senate recently voted down a proposal to grant faculty status to adjuncts in the BSU faculty code. Alegendary creature haunting campuses across the nation has left indelible tracks here at Beetlebrow, [...]

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Machiavelli’s Guide to the PT Problem

Share The following is satire, for those who don’t understand. “I, Niccolo Machiavelli, would like to lend my genius to solving “The Part-Time Problem” in American colleges. Part-timers are multiplying like… well use your own imagination. But we must deal with this issue in a smart way, a subtle way, a way even that they [...]

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What the *#@% is an Adjunctocracy? (or Karl Marx, Margaret Spellings, and Myself Do a Little Dance, Make a Little Love, Get Down Tonight . . . I mean, Reinvent The Future of Higher Ed.)

Share by Matthew Henry Hall As Karl Marx once said, “Keep the baby, but when you chuck the bath water, toss out that nasty old bathtub too.” Okay, Karl Marx never said that, but it does, metaphorically at least, get at my first overarching point. Higher Education doesn’t need just a few policy changes; it [...]

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A Room of One’s Own
Nationwide, office space at a premium for adjunct faculty

Share by Rob Schnelle Stooping to clear the corrugated steel overhang of an 8-by-30-foot cargo container, Leo Hemridge exits his new office, shielding his eyes in wan October sunlight. He wears the haunted expression of a man who expects imminent eviction, perhaps because his quarters were formerly occupied by migrant asparagus pickers. Hemridge works as [...]

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Letter From the Editor

Share I have been reading a book about the history of conversation on and off for the past few weeks. I may as well tell you that I always have a stack of books on my night stand. The height of that stack can sometimes be terrifying. I pick and choose from among the books [...]

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The Local Bar An Office Option for the Adjunct

Share by Matthew Henry Hall Beyond having to pay for drinks, the biggest problem with doing one’s grading at a bar is maintaining proper focus. At a lively bar, overly-libated patrons bustle and bluster about, bumping into you, or worse, wanting to strike up a conversation. “I used to write poetry!” His collar looks like [...]

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Teaching Abroad at Home

Share by Matthew Henry Hall In the drugstore, Mahito, a tall young guy, an exchange student, held up the box of Midol. “Good for headache?” he asked. “Sure,” I said. I wasn’t thinking and later corrected my mistake. With, I still hope, no harm done. I’d been rattled that day. I’d taken a group of [...]

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The Freeway Flyer Fitness Program

Share by Susan Mazur-Stommen The term “freeway flyer” doesn’t exactly evoke the image of a marathoner, complete with super-low body mass index, ultra-oxygenation, and rippling abs. In fact, academics in general tend to make people think of pasty little poindexters, pulling on our inhalers. Or else we are seen as paunchy, pompous professors, barely able [...]

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Refolding the Map: Academic Leadership for All

Share by Rob Schnelle A Faculty Development Day Conference at Nimby State University February 6, 2005 “If you have achieved excellence, let others light their candle off it.”—Carmen Flogg, Ph.D. Refold the Map Make your reservation now for winter semester’s high-powered issues / skills / leadership conference designed exclusively for faculty of Nimby State University! [...]

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We Don’t Need No Education….

Share by Domini Hedderman Twenty-six faces stare me down as I discuss the dire importance of clarity and conciseness in writing workplace documents. “So, basically, this author tells us that clarity is a function of the words and grammatical structures you use, of the organization of your information, of the logic and cohesion of your [...]

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