Letter From the Editor

I have been reading a book about the history of conversation on and off for the past few weeks. I may as well tell you that I always have a stack of books on my night stand. The height of that stack can sometimes be terrifying. I pick and choose from among the books each […]

The Local Bar An Office Option for the Adjunct

The Local Bar An Office Option for the Adjunct

by Matthew Henry Hall Beyond having to pay for drinks, the biggest problem with doing one’s grading at a bar is maintaining proper focus. At a lively bar, overly-libated patrons bustle and bluster about, bumping into you, or worse, wanting to strike up a conversation. “I used to write poetry!” His collar looks like a […]

Teaching Abroad at Home

Teaching Abroad at Home

by Matthew Henry Hall In the drugstore, Mahito, a tall young guy, an exchange student, held up the box of Midol. “Good for headache?” he asked. “Sure,” I said. I wasn’t thinking and later corrected my mistake. With, I still hope, no harm done. I’d been rattled that day. I’d taken a group of fourteen […]

The Freeway Flyer Fitness Program

by Susan Mazur-Stommen The term “freeway flyer” doesn’t exactly evoke the image of a marathoner, complete with super-low body mass index, ultra-oxygenation, and rippling abs. In fact, academics in general tend to make people think of pasty little poindexters, pulling on our inhalers. Or else we are seen as paunchy, pompous professors, barely able to […]

Refolding the Map: Academic Leadership for All

by Rob Schnelle A Faculty Development Day Conference at Nimby State University February 6, 2005 “If you have achieved excellence, let others light their candle off it.”—Carmen Flogg, Ph.D. Refold the Map Make your reservation now for winter semester’s high-powered issues / skills / leadership conference designed exclusively for faculty of Nimby State University! Top-flight […]

We Don’t Need No Education….

We Don’t Need No Education….

by Domini Hedderman Twenty-six faces stare me down as I discuss the dire importance of clarity and conciseness in writing workplace documents. “So, basically, this author tells us that clarity is a function of the words and grammatical structures you use, of the organization of your information, of the logic and cohesion of your arguments, […]

Adjunct Man: Hidden Hominid or Hoax?

by Rob Schnelle The following news release was rescued from the hard drive of a surplused computer from Beetlebrow State University, whose Faculty Senate recently voted down a proposal to grant faculty status to adjuncts in the BSU faculty code. Alegendary creature haunting campuses across the nation has left indelible tracks here at Beetlebrow, according […]

How to Team Teach and Do Nothing At All

How to Team Teach and Do Nothing At All

by Shari Dinkins You been given your first assignment team teaching–but you have no time to actually teach the darn thing. What to do? Tell the Chair that you can’t handle half of three units? Don’t despair. You can get paid for team teaching without actually doing any work. Here’s how: ESTABLISH YOURSELF AS A […]