Undue Influence

Undue Influence

by Ronald Wolk Our institutions of higher learning have played a critical role in shaping the nation’s public schools, but, unfortunately, their influence has been largely negative. Colleges and universities have pretty much gotten off scot-free as blame has been passed around for the current state of American public education, when, in fact, they should be at the front of […]

Scientists Don’t Have To Visit

by Christopher Cumo C.P. SNOW regarded the humanities and sciences as different systems; its differences extend to the number of visiting scholars in each. Recently, 16 of 519 faculty jobs listed on H-Net, a Web site which lists positions in history and other humanities, were for visiting faculty. This number is small, but not compared to the sciences. Of 208 […]

Have Field Log: Will Travel

by Jo Gibson IT WASN’T UNTIL recently, as I neared the end of my twenty-year-plus career as an editor and writer, that I embarked on my second, part-time, edging-my-way-into-retirement career as an instructor in the freshman composition program at Cleveland State University. New to this business of being an adjunct faculty member, I soon became aware […]

The Rollercoaster of Remediation

The Rollercoaster of Remediation

by Jennifer Block Bradner YOU PARK YOUR car in the parking lot. You approach the ticket window. You purchase a ticket and enter the gates. You have arrived and the amusement park and all its trappings are yours for the enjoying. And then you see it. The sign that reads “You Must Be This Tall […]

Learning to Love Life Outside Academe

by Peter Temes WHEN I LEFT academe, I often thought about the title of Milan Kundera’s book Life Is Elsewhere. Like many scholars, I had the feeling that intellectual life was terribly thin outside colleges and universities. My earliest experiences in the 9-to-5 world didn’t help much. In my first nonacademic job, as a marketing clerk at a newsletter publishing company, […]

Contentville.com: Selling Souls

by Brian Caterino THE POLITICS OF the Internet often defy conventional classification. Take the Napster dispute. Supporting the large media conglomerates is the heavy-metal rock group Metallica. They oppose free music distribution because it deprives musicians of sales and royalties. Representing the last gasp of garage-band anarchism, Courtney Love posts free MP3 files of her band Hole in an attempt to bypass […]

Would You Like Fries With That?

by Brian Caterino No, academia hasn’t quite been assimilated to the model of McDonald’s fast food outlets, but the latest step in the commodification of knowledge has come into view with the recent announcement by Barnes & Noble of its new on-line “University”. Barnes & Noble will be offering free, nonaccredited, courses to the public, […]

Prosperity & Activism

by Brian Caterino WHAT WOULD A truly cosmopolitan society look like? At the least, it would be a society based on mutual respect toward others and toward different ways of life. While it would accept notions of equal justice for all, it would also recognize and respect different approaches to a good life. We tend to imagine […]

Crisis? What Crisis?

by Brian Caterino WHILE MORE CIVILIZED pursuits like NFL Football have outlawed the practice of taunting one’s opponent, adjunct faculty and graduate students still have to endure the verbal equivalent of the throat-slashing gesture: the job crisis discussion. It usually involves calling adjuncts’ character or judgment into question: “get a real job.” Conservative columnist George Will knows […]

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