Susan Titus: The Grey-Haired Warrior

Susan Titus: The Grey-Haired Warrior

by Marjorie Lynn Holding the door open to the Paris Cafe in Detroit, Susan Titus, a wide-smiling, grey-haired woman in jeans and a hot pink sweater, greeted me warmly as she realized we had known each other in the past. In fact, Susan shared that I had been the first person years ago, in the […]

Bonnie Halloran: LEO’s Pride

Bonnie Halloran: LEO’s Pride

by Marjorie Lynn With her casually-styled brown hair, wire-rimmed glasses and minimally made-up face, Bonnie Halloran appears to be a “plain brown wrapper.” But this middle-aged, down-to-earth dynamo has led the three-campus, 1,200 member Lecturers Employee Organization (LEO) at The University of Michigan (U of M) for the past four years. She is one of […]

Becky Villarreal: The Yellow Rose of Texas

Becky Villarreal: The Yellow Rose of Texas

by Karen Karvonen If someone had warned Becky Villarreal that switching from a career as a secondary school teacher to one as a college teacher would plunge her into a hotbed of activism, she might have had second thoughts. “Believe it or not, the reason I decided to leave K-12 was that it was too […]

Kentucky Part-Timer Ken Hardy & the “N” Word

Kentucky Part-Timer Ken Hardy & the “N” Word

by Marla Kay Houghteling WORDS ARE IMPORTANT to Ken Hardy; he doesn’t shy away from the difficult ones. He’d like his students to have this same respect for language. In the summer of 1998, he was teaching an interpersonal-communications course at Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Kentucky, where he had been an adjunct since 1995. […]

Oregon’s COCAL Committee

Oregon’s COCAL Committee

by P.D. Lesko The Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) sprang forth from the National Congress of Adjunct, Part-time, Graduate Teaching Assistants and Non-Tenure Track Faculty. The National Congress met in Washington, D.C. in 1996. That same year, graduate student members of the Modern Language Association held a caucus and a panel discussion titled, “Making […]

Keith Hoeller: The Fine Art of Tilting at Windmills

Keith Hoeller: The Fine Art of Tilting at Windmills

by Greg Beatty Any adjunct faculty member knows how hard the adjunct life is. Besides the challenge of living on an income that starts low then fluctuates according to each semester’s enrollment, there’s the anxiety of not knowing if you have a position at all, even if you’ve taught at the school for years. Since […]

Professor V.

Professor V.

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever Human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.–Eli Wiesel   by Chris Llinas Professor Marilyn Veincentotzs (pronounced “vyn-SN-tz”)—online student, online adjunct, and founder of the International Association of Adjunct […]

Ken Venit: Teaching from Anything but the Book

Ken Venit: Teaching from Anything but the Book

by Lindsay Khouri Not many students can say that their professor has wrestled an eight-foot bear, eaten dog food and horse meat, and jumped off a truck into the snow to show how deep it was. Students who have had Adjunct Associate Professor Kenneth Venit can say their professor has done those things and much […]