Columns

Pittsburgh FT Faculty Threaten Strike and Adjuncts Organized by United Steelworkers Say They Won’t “Pick up the Slack”

by Colin DeppenMore than a year after they began, contract talks between Point Park officials and the university’s unionized full-time faculty remain ultimately fruitless. In response, university officials this week placed an ad seeking temporary faculty to fill the void in the event of a work stoppage, as thePittsburgh Business Times first reported.But if push comes […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

by Tom Nobile More than 10,000 employees at nine state colleges and universities have been working without a contract since July 2015. Staff and students at Ramapo College and Montclair State University held New Orleans’-style funeral marches last week, part of a statewide protest calling for a new contract for employees at nine state colleges and universities. […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

Desk Drawer

SEIU-Affiliated Adjunct Union Pushes Siena College for Almost $5K per Course in First Contract

SEIU-Affiliated Adjunct Union Pushes Siena College for Almost $5K per Course in First Contract

Non-tenure-track faculty at Siena College voted to form a collective bargaining unit affiliated with Service Employees International Union in June 2015. The vote was 86 to 27 among adjuncts and 16 to 5 among visiting professors. Siena is the second New York campus in a week to approve an SEIU-affiliated adjunct union, after Ithaca College. […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

At Duke U Adjuncts Ratify New Contract

At Duke U Adjuncts Ratify New Contract

by Ray Gronberg Adjunct faculty in three units at Duke University voted unanimously to ratify the contract their new union negotiated with the school, union leaders said. An election in March 2016 gave the SEIU authority to bargain on behalf of full- and part-time “non-regular rank faculty” at Duke who work in Trinity College, the Graduate […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union

NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union

By Bill Schackner The United Steelworkers on Tuesday implored Duquesne University to stop resisting its now-organized adjunct faculty, buoyed by the latest National Labor Relations Board ruling that campus officials must recognize those members’ collective bargaining rights. The union called it sad that almost five years have passed since those part-time instructors voted in 2012 […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

Books

A Review of “The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy”

A Review of “The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy”

The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber (University of Toronto Press, 2016; $26.95) Reviewed by Christina Turner Symbols of the neoliberal university in Canada are so common these days it’s hard not to feel inured to them sometimes. Stories of $1 million signs going up next […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

Teaching in Pajamas

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Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

Interview: Sherry Turkle on Technology in the College Classroom

An Interview With the Academic Twitter Star: “Sh*t Academics Say”

An Interview With the Academic Twitter Star: “Sh*t Academics Say”

In the Classroom: What Do Great College Profs Have in Common?

In the Classroom: What Do Great College Profs Have in Common?

Robin West Smith Wins Outstanding Adjunct Award at MCCC

Robin West Smith Wins Outstanding Adjunct Award at MCCC

A Record 67 Adjuncts Win Guggenheim Fellowships

A Record 67 Adjuncts Win Guggenheim Fellowships

Brianne Bolin’s Non-Profit PrecariCorps Hopes to Provide Financial Assistance to Adjunct Faculty in Need

Brianne Bolin’s Non-Profit PrecariCorps Hopes to Provide Financial Assistance to Adjunct Faculty in Need

Profile in Courage: 70-Year-Old Philly Freeway Flyer Juggles Classes and Chemo

Profile in Courage: 70-Year-Old Philly Freeway Flyer Juggles Classes and Chemo

Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

Is the Current Model of College Being “Disrupted?”

Professor Watchlist is Watching YOU

Professor Watchlist is Watching YOU

Vanderbilt U. Non-Tenure Track Faculty Launches Petition to Unionize

Vanderbilt U. Non-Tenure Track Faculty Launches Petition to Unionize

Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

Ithaca College Part-Time Faculty Union Wins 24 Percent Pay Hike in First Contract

Tufts U Part-time Faculty Renegotiating Contract –The Boston SEIU Local Poised to Pass Barnard’s $9K Per Course Pay

Tufts U Part-time Faculty Renegotiating Contract –The Boston SEIU Local Poised to Pass Barnard’s $9K Per Course Pay

At Ithaca College Admin and Adjuncts Clash Over Pay & Public Protests

At Ithaca College Admin and Adjuncts Clash Over Pay & Public Protests

Ivory Tower

DePaul Adjunct Calls Out College President on Efforts to “Intimidate” Faculty

DePaul Adjunct Calls Out College President on Efforts to “Intimidate” Faculty

by Brendan McQuade On Jan. 14,  DePaul University faculty received a letter addressing a campaign by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to unionize DePaul’s contingent faculty.  While the tone of the email was softened by references to DePaul’s “culture” and “values,” the message is no doubt intended to dissuade, if not intimidate, faculty. Students […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

A Letter to My Students as I Leave Adjunct Teaching

A Letter to My Students as I Leave Adjunct Teaching

by Dana Biscotti Myskowski I’ll miss you. If you don’t believe me, ask any of my former students. Or ask my husband who has had to put up with my moping and my bouts of tears these past few weeks as the semester winds down to an end. It’s not you; it’s me. I can’t teach […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

PC Culture on College Campuses—Who’s to Blame?

PC Culture on College Campuses—Who’s to Blame?

by Ramesh Ponnuru Is political correctness on campus a real problem? Tellingly, it is less often defended than it is minimized. In the 1990s, it was sometimes dismissed as a conservative “myth.” In recent months — with students demanding resignations, apologies and various other concessions from their administrators over perceived slights — liberals have bent over backward […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

In The Classroom

10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to reject an academic paper which called a lesbian-themed film “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman.” In 2012, Monica Pompeo, a part-time student, took a class titled […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

I’m Finished Playing Favorites in the Classroom

Trigger Warnings: Are We Asking Too Much of Faculty and Too Little of Students?

Are Students Now Entitled to Freedom FROM Free Speech in the Classroom?

Innocents Abroad

In Nigeria Long-Time PT Lecturers Take to the Courts to Demand FT Status

In Nigeria Long-Time PT Lecturers Take to the Courts to Demand FT Status

by Augustine Aminu Fifty lecturers of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology have petitioned the House of Assembly over their non-engagement after spending between 10 and 15 years in the service of the school. They alleged that they were still accorded the status of part-time lecturers by the management of the institution. […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

The Commuter

Winterize Your Car

Winterize Your Car

by Brent Romans If you were to ask your car where it would want to live, and it just so happened to be a talking car, it would most likely say “Southern California.” “It’s warm there, the roads are fairly decent, and I might get to see a movie star,” it would say. If you […]To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…

Unconventional Wisdom

Is it Time to Eliminate Tenure?

Is it Time to Eliminate Tenure?

Though not every contingent faculty member would be eligible for such positions, these alternative models can change the incentive structures inherent in the academic profession. They may be able to remove the negative stigmas surrounding teaching in the academy and may eliminate the class-based distinctions between research and teaching faculty that have resulted from the traditional tenure model.To access this post, you must purchase 1 Year Individual Subscription, 1 Year Library Subscription or 1 Month Individual Subscription.…