Ontario PT/FT Faculty Reach Agreement—Pay Hiked and Academic Freedom Guarantees

Ontario PT/FT Faculty Reach Agreement—Pay Hiked and Academic Freedom Guarantees

by Sarah Armoogam On December 20, one month after the Ontario government ended last fall’s college faculty strike with back-to-work legislation, the two sides have completed a binding arbitration agreement mandated in the legislation to settle all outstanding issues. Both the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which initiated the strike, and the College Employer Council […]

More States are Allowing Guns on Campus—Are You Teaching in One of Those States?

More States are Allowing Guns on Campus—Are You Teaching in One of Those States?

by Neal H. Hutchens and Kerry B. Melear A community college instructor in Texas started off the academic year by wearing a bulletproof vest and army helmet to class. He did this to protest a law that, starting this August, authorizes individuals to carry concealed handguns at public community colleges in Texas. In 2016, the […]

Putting the Focus on Student Engagement in Blended Learning Courses

Putting the Focus on Student Engagement in Blended Learning Courses

by Meg Gorzycki, Ed.D. Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, San Francisco State University Hybrid teaching and blended learning are fundamentally concerned with providing an environment in which students assume responsibility for seeing information and completing tasks necessary to understand the material. As students assume such responsibility, the instructor becomes less of a “sage on the stage” […]

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

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 […]

State College Adjunct Faculty in New Jersey Rally for New Contract

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. […]

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

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

by Sam Zern After a failed compromise with the university, the petition will move to the National Labor Relations Board for a final decision In November, a group of Vanderbilt non-tenured faculty members approached Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205 looking for help in organizing a collective bargaining unit composed of full and part […]

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

by Grace Elletson The Ithaca College contingent faculty union, an affiliate of the SEIU formed in 2016, is currently celebrating a victory it has been fighting to clinch for over 17 months: a first-time contract with the college. However, the campus community has expressed mixed reactions to the deal. The contract, signed March 26, guarantees […]

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 […]

Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

Why You Should Be Asking Your Students to Ditch Their Laptops During Class

When a laptop is being used to take notes or download class slides, it may become tempting to check email, catch up on homework for another class or see who won the game the night before.

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