Colleagues Abroad

Colleagues Abroad

This issue marks the second time we have looked at the use of part-time faculty in countries other than the United States. The first time, in the May/June 2002 issue, we looked at the use of lecturers in Canada, Italy, Japan and Great Britain. In this issue, we have pieces about temporary faculty in Australia, […]

Distance Education is Here to Stay

Distance Education is Here to Stay

by P.D. Lesko September is a very busy month for part-time faculty. Some aren’t sure what their final teaching schedules will look like, others have their courses, but need to construct course descriptions and syllabi in record time. There are texts to be selected, course Web pages to be constructed, and supplemental materials to be […]

Higher Ed. Publishing and Rough Seas

Higher Ed. Publishing and Rough Seas

by P.D. Lesko In this issue of the magazine, we take a look at The Chronicle of Higher Education. The newspaper, which has been covering higher education since the 60s, has undergone some changes recently. What prompted the inquiry is the fact that I really love statistics and numbers. Every year, I receive media kits […]

Boondoggle in California

Boondoggle in California

by P.D. Lesko IN NOVEMBER OF 2001, a San Francisco part-time faculty activist, Margaret Quan, sent me an e-mail. She wrote that during the previous month she’d attended a BayFac (college in the California Bay area) union meeting, and “The main topic for discussion was not whether or not, but how full-time faculty can benefit […]

Temptation

Temptation

by P.D. Lesko THE QUESTION WAS thorny: How could California community college part-time and full-time faculty pay be equalized? The answer was an elegant and simple idea for equity: earmark $57 million dollars every year to be distributed to the state’s 73 community college districts. The district officials would then channel the money directly to […]

Success Versus Access in Higher Education

Success Versus Access in Higher Education

by P.D. Lesko IN NOVEMBER OF 2003, Detroit’s Wayne State University President Irvin Reid addressed a group of 15 state university presidents. In that address, which was a protest against coming higher education budget cuts, Reid said that every dollar of investment in state universities generates a $26 output for Michigan. At the same time, […]

Penalizing Students

by P.D. Lesko I DON’T MISS teaching until September rolls around, when, at the least in Michigan, the air turns crisp and the sugar maple leaves look almost aflame against the bright blue sky. On days like that, I remember walking across campus, briefcase in hand, toward some room filled with students eager to begin […]

Skewered and Roasted. Finally.

by P.D. Lesko THEY SAY THAT a business either changes or it withers and dies. So, for the past two years, I have been casting about for a way to expand the Adjunct Advocate, Inc. Should we publish a Canadian edition? What about a Spanish edition? After all, almost 70 percent of college faculty in […]

The Equity Pay Scam in California

by P.D. Lesko In “Parity or Partiality in California: Only Time Will Tell,” published in the January/February 2002 issue of the Adjunct Advocate, author Pam Dillon wrote this: “During negotiations in certain districts, union and district officials have been exploring ways to allocate the funds to full-time faculty, as well. Part-time faculty activist Margaret Quan, […]

Class Time Should Be Sacred

by P.D. Lesko IN THE MARCH 28, 2003 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, I read a piece about a part-time faculty member at Citrus College who had been put on administrative leave after, “students said that she had offered them extra credit for writing and sending letters to President Bush that opposed going […]