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, […]

Seduction in the Academy

by Chris Cumo PBS ESSAYIST ROGER Rosenblatt fears in “Hello Mr. Chips” that the rise of universities.com will end “the tawdry, yet elevated professor-student affair.” He need not worry, for no on-line college can compete with the hormones that saturate campus life. “Of course professors are sleeping with their students,” Joanne Cavell told Cosmopolitan, with […]

A Nation Arises

A Nation Arises

by P.D. Lesko I WOULD LIKE to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about the changes which are going on here in the offices of The Adjunct Advocate. First off, the staff is expanding. We have added staff in the Marketing and Sales departments, and will soon add staff in the Editorial and […]

The Lottery

by Lee Shainen A WHILE AGO, a student of mine wrote a paper inspired by a poster that said, “Education is the one thing people are willing to pay for and not receive.” When she read that line in class, the other students snorted a short laugh of self-recognition. It started me thinking of all […]

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 […]

The Quantum Mechanical Adjunct

by Chris Cumo THIS YEAR MARKS the centennial of Max Planck’s discovery that energy is not continuous but comes in discrete units called quanta. To borrow an analogy from mathematics, it is as though Planck proposed that all numbers consist only of integers with no continuum of fractions to link any two integers. A quantum of energy is […]

A Sales Pitch Named Desire

  NOTE: Several of the on-line textbook sellers mentioned in this piece, originally published in 2000, have gone out of business by Jay Vandergelt I LOVE TENNESSEE Williams’s work. My favorite of his plays is “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The complex and manipulative Blanche DuBois and the equally as complex and brutishly stubborn StanleyKowalski face off. On a […]

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 […]

All Adjuncts Should Be Scientists

by Chris Cumo THE CRISIS OF underemployment for adjuncts stems from the collapse of the humanities. Ernie Benjamin of the American Association for University Professors notes that in the fall of 1998, 53 percent of English faculty were adjuncts compared to 32 percent in physics and chemistry. But numbers are only part of the story. The chemist […]

1 20 21 22