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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Freshman Comp Can Make You Money! (Part I)

Posted on Friday March 30, 2012

One of the funniest job postings I’ve ever seen in my profession is an ad that read: “English Tudor Wanted.” In reality, the college was looking for an English ‘tutor,’ but I often wondered if a member of the British royal family had applied. Another time a university I once worked at sent out flyers [...]

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Warning! Side-effects of Switching to Online Instruction

Posted on Thursday March 29, 2012

Have you ever seen those lists that provide the characteristics of an ideal online instructor? These are often meant to help face-to-face (F2F) faculty decide if teaching online will be a good fit for them. What I haven’t seen anyone write about is the side-effects, some of them a bit bizarre, that happen when one [...]

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5 Simple Ways Adjuncts Can Help Each Other

Posted on Wednesday March 28, 2012

Adjunct instructors do not have it easy. Universities rely heavily on part-time and non-tenured faculty to teach 70% of their courses on average nationally (Allen, C., 7 February, 2012). It’s not unusual to expect them to perform extra duties like curriculum development, serving on committees, and attending meetings; usually these extra duties are performed for [...]

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Students: Don’t Give Credit Cards Too Much Credit!

Posted on Monday March 26, 2012

Only a few short years ago, I remember walking across a university campus on my way to class amidst a chaotic mix of sights, sounds, and smells that could most closely be compared to an open market in one of those great B-movies of the 1950s or 60s. Colorful canopies lined the campus’s main street, [...]

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Faculty or Advisor?

Posted on Friday March 23, 2012

In my previous post ( “What Do Americans Want from Education?” 22 March, 2012), I discussed how the lack of definition for what Americans want from education is largely responsible for the problems that are occurring. The most recent examples are the call for education to include national security in its curriculum and to pass [...]

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What Do Americans Want from Education?

Posted on Thursday March 22, 2012

The current clichéic media storm surrounding The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) releasing of a report entitled: U.S. Education Reform and National Security by Jeffrey Brown, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein (March 2012) makes it seem like we are trapped in Ground Hog’s Day, listening [...]

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