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New Rules Define Workload of Part-Time College Instructors


by 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 […]

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Campus Equity Week Coverage Round-Up


Campus Equity Week ran from October 28, 2013-November 2, 2013. The goal of CEW is to draw attention to the working conditions of the nation’s non-tenured faculty. Campus Equity Week was started by the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, a grassroots coalition of activists in North America working for contingent faculty: adjunct, part-time, non-tenured, and graduate teaching faculty. […]

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More Faculty Using Social Media in the Classroom


by Jonathan Dame A month before they walked into her classroom last fall, Krista Jackman told her freshmen writing students to join Twitter. Their assignment: get to know each other. “My goal in all the classes that I teach is to get my students as comfortable as I can as quickly as I can,” says Jackman, […]

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Boston Adjuncts Divided On Whether To Unionize


The Service Employees International Union saw both a win and loss in the Boston-area this week. Adjunct faculty at Bentley University narrowly voted against joining a union within days of Lesley University’s part-time professors filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to try and form one. Lesley’s adjunct and part-time professors are looking to Tufts for inspiration. Faculty at […]

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

College of Charleston Spanish Instructor Devon Hanahan.

by P.D. Lesko The second highest rated “professor” in the United States on the faculty rating website 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 at […]

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San Jose State MOOC Experiment Suggests MOOC Pushers May Be Selling Snake Oil


by Michael Hiltzik Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn’t taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll up […]

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

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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 a very long time. Like many idealistic people who dare to dream of occupational change at mid-life, I let these things go on […]

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PTers Pursuing Unemployment in Work-For-Hire States


by Carol Biliczky April Freely’s part-time teaching job at the University of Akron ended in May. So she did the previously unthinkable: She filed for unemployment compensation. She’s among a seemingly growing number of part-time faculty in Ohio who are pursuing state aid after spring semester ends and before the fall one begins. The quixotic […]

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Fresh from DC Successes SEIU Tries to Muscle Into AFT/NEA Territory in Pacific Northwest


by John Gillie In a case that could set a national precedent, Pacific Lutheran University is taking legal steps this week to block the formation of a union to represent contingent faculty members at the Parkland university. The university, which has held occasional conversations for months with representatives of those temporary faculty members, has filed […]

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SEIU Uses Organizing Strategy Developed in DC To Organize Boston’s PTers


by Mariah Quinn “We said yes.” That was the consensus of a group of over 100 adjunct professors after a day of panels and discussions about organizing contingent faculty in the Boston metro area to raise standards for their profession. The event was held at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on Saturday, and […]

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