Profs Making Friends with Students? Why Not?

Profs Making Friends with Students? Why Not?

A few months ago I needed somewhere to crash after a university social event and decided to stay at a student’s house. I planned this in advance, because I knew that I’d miss the last train home, and my partner was fine with the arrangement. But when I mentioned it to colleagues, I could tell […]

Catholic Colleges Face Religious Objections to Adjunct Income Inequality

Catholic Colleges Face Religious Objections to Adjunct Income Inequality

Gerald J. Beyer,  associate professor of Christian ethics at Villanova University, has posted an interesting journal article that holds Catholic universities accountable for their treatment of poorly paid adjunct faculty. He writes: Some Catholic institutions pay significantly above the national median per course, but the pay rate for most adjuncts on our campuses mostly mirrors […]

Can Student Activists Push Administrators to Raise Pay for PT Faculty?

Can Student Activists Push Administrators to Raise Pay for PT Faculty?

by Brian Min In April 2015, hundreds of students and professors from Columbia supported CU Fight for 15 by demonstrating in front of Low Steps to promote a $15 minimum wage for low-income workers and raising the wages of adjunct professors. CU Fight for 15 continues to be an active organization on campus and recently rallied to […]

Why I’m Walking Away: Tenured Faculty Pity Adjuncts. But We Can’t Help Them.

Why I’m Walking Away: Tenured Faculty Pity Adjuncts. But We Can’t Help Them.

by Oliver Lee My grandmother worked in a school cafeteria. My mother taught second grade. Nearly two decades ago, I resolved to enter public education, too, but with plans to rise even higher. I would become a college professor, advancing the scholarship of my discipline, free from the petty bureaucratic concerns that hamstrung my mother’s career. […]

Flash Forward—A University Without Professors

Flash Forward—A University Without Professors

by Toxteth Appleteat Editor’s note: This is satire, and hopefully not a predictor. For Immediate Release INTRODUCING FREEDOM UNIVERSITY Leading the way in for-profit education Freedom University (FU) is the first of its kind to offer an education dedicated to mass, fast-track degree completion programs, without the burden of faculty bogging down the process. FU […]

Why We Decided To Form An Adjunct Union at Our Community College

Why We Decided To Form An Adjunct Union at Our Community College

by Luke Niebler On my first day teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, I was wracked with the normal anxieties of a new college instructor: What if the students don’t like me? What if my lesson plan falls apart? Where exactly is the copy machine? What if my hair looks stupid? […]

Adjuncts Have Fewer Options Than Grad Students at University of Missouri

Adjuncts Have Fewer Options Than Grad Students at University of Missouri

by Carl Kenney Adjunct professors are often treated like Walmart employees. At Walmart, those pulling the strings are most concerned with making money. Consumers flood the retail giant because of   those amazing low prices. “Always low tuition” is the desired slogan of your favorite university. Higher education feels more like Wall Street than a […]

Academic Publishing is Destined to Fail without Better Publisher-Author Partnership

Academic Publishing is Destined to Fail without Better Publisher-Author Partnership

by Ken Wachsberger IN THE MAY 26, 2014 issue of The Nation, Scott Sherman wrote about the precarious state of academic publishing due largely to pressures it faces, including from declining library budgets, the rise of commercial publishing conglomerates, and especially the growing popularity of electronic publishing, seen by some university press directors as “a decisive rupture from the […]

It’s Student Evaluation Time—Are Student Evals Worthless?

It’s Student Evaluation Time—Are Student Evals Worthless?

by Rebecca Schuman It’s student evaluation time again—and I should be the last professor in the world to complain. With slight exceptions for “caring too much” and courses that meet “too early” (9:10 a.m.), my evaluations are quite good. And yet the student evaluations of teaching (SETs) I’ve received during my decade-long teaching career have meant absolutely nothing. This is […]

Faculty Senate Calls for College’s Adjuncts To Be Paid A “Living Wage”

Faculty Senate Calls for College’s Adjuncts To Be Paid A “Living Wage”

by H. Teague Faculty Senates have typically excluded non-tenured faculty. In fact, Faculty Senates have remained bastions of privilege, as an AdjunctNation feature article revealed. In 2005, the Iowa State University Faculty Senate debated whether to recommend the creation of tenure-eligible part-time faculty positions. In March 2011, the Faculty Senate approved revisions to the Faculty Handbook policy on […]