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Labor Day 2017: Taking Back Power and Transforming Higher Education

Labor Day 2017: Taking Back Power and Transforming Higher Education

There are so many ways that my experience in Washington D.C. attending the August 10-11, 2017 Faculty Forward Conference, “New Thinking for New Times,” changed my life in extraordinary ways. For two very full days I attended presentations, panels, workshops, and lectures. It was exhausting, but thrilling to have so many different faculty organizers in one room plotting and scheming all the ways we can improve working conditions for precarious faculty, graduate students, and campus and student wo ...

The Hidden Costs of Adjuncting: Staying Alive and Getting to Work

The Hidden Costs of Adjuncting: Staying Alive and Getting to Work

By Lee Kottner Adjuncts have been called Freeway Flyers and Roads Scholars. I’m the Public Transportation Prof. It costs me about $3,000/year—a little less than 10% of my income—to get to work eight months of the year, between a monthly unlimited subway pass (reasons for which will become apparent momentarily), a pass for the commuter rail, and cash for the bus or a taxi. And that’s when I’m only teaching at one college. When I’m teaching at more than one institution, I may use that unlimited ...

Shining a Light on For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Shining a Light on For-Profit Colleges and Universities

Increasingly, faculty at for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs) work without the protection of academic freedom that faculty at traditional colleges and universities deeply value, and this impacts the quality of instruction that students receive. Infringements on academic freedom at FPCUs include extreme monitoring, autocratic governance, and prescribed content with little to no tolerance for faculty input. When this happens, the role of faculty is reduced to content delivery and assessmen ...

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