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Campus Threats Made in Online Courses—What’s A Faculty Member To Do?

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Share by Kate Mangu-Ward If a student threatens to shoot his classmates (or himself) on the online message board for his physics class, does that count as a campus threat? That’s just one of the many questions purveyors of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, are asking themselves. Universities have traditionally been asked to play [...]

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When Baristas Earn More Than College Faculty

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Share Saying that their lowest-paid members make less than they would at area community colleges, about 30 Western Michigan University part-time instructors and their supporters rallied Thursday at Sprau Tower before marching around campus. “A barista at Starbucks has a better compensation package than a part-time professor with a master’s degree or a PhD,” said Thomas [...]

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Paychecks Come Late (Again) & PTers Launch Public Food Drive In Response

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Share Food drives have become increasingly common in the aftermath of the Great Recession. But the drive launched at Kalamazoo Valley Community College January 11th is a little different: People are bringing in food and gift cards, not to help out strangers in need, but their coworkers. “The full-time faculty have been wonderful. They were [...]

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Adjunct Launches Profology—A Social Network for Higher Education

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Share Bob Ertischek’s experience as an adjunct faculty member at area colleges gave him the idea for Profology, a social network for people working in higher education. It’s a place for college instructors to share information, regardless of where they’re located. And students aren’t allowed. Ertischek, 49, is currently an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, where [...]

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After Chancellor Proposes 35 Percent Cut For PTers and 4 Percent Bump For FTers—4,265 Union Members Vote to Strike

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Adjunct Critical of Union’s Refusal to Cooperate With Police on Embezzlement of Dues Urges PTers to Boycott Union

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Share by P.D. Lesko In Washington State, the AFT and NEA have a virtual lock on the organization of higher education faculty. At Green River Community College (GRCC) in Auburn, Washington, the faculty are represented by a singular AFT-NEA joint affiliate. Kathryn Re teaches mathematics at Green River Community College, and in 2011 helped co-found [...]

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DC-Wide Union Movement Targets PTers @ Georgetown U.

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Share by Braden McDonald Building on its success in unionizing adjunct faculty members at The George Washington University and American University, officials of the Service Employees International Union Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor have begun marshalling support for a similar union at Georgetown. According to Kip Lornell (pictured left), vice president for higher education at SEIU Local 500, the [...]

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Book Review: The Good Girls Revolt—How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

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Share by Anne Fischer The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich ISBN: 978-1610391733 288 pages On March 18, 1970, over one hundred activists occupied the offices of the Ladies’ Home Journal. Under the banner of the magazine’s slogan “Never Underestimate the Power of a [...]

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Integrating iPads in the College Classroom

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Share By Erica Palombo A different kind of apple is appearing on more and more teachers’ desks.Educators around the country at almost all academic levels are leaning toward utilizing Apple devices, like iPads, as predominant tools for learning and instruction. Following the Apple trend, Ithaca College implemented a pilot program in which 40 iPads were [...]

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#Teaching: Survey Finds Profs Use of Social Media Increasing

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Share College faculty have evolved their use of social media for professional, personal and instructional use, with a decrease in concerns around the value and amount of time spent using social media, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group. The annual survey of nearly 4,000 teaching faculty from all disciplines in higher [...]

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