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Monthly Archives: August, 2012

The Proposed Evisceration of Tenure at Saint Louis University

This, from the Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday: “Post-tenure review should be for the purposes of assisting faculty members in improving their performance,” says B. Robert Kreiser, associate secretary of the AAUP. … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Continuing “Silent Crisis”

From the Department of Old News: When I returned to teaching eleven years ago, it was as an adjunct. That was fine with me. In fact, it was exactly what … Continue reading

August 28, 2012 · 4 Comments

Business Experience As Academic Qualification? Oh, Really?

The following is a guest post by Michael DeCesare, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology & Criminology, and president of the AAUP Chapter, at Merrimack College. The … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wal-Mart for Walden Pond

When Dave Tomar’s new book The Shadow Scholar: How I made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat appears next month, the attention is probably going to be on the failings of the … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Adjunct Positions and Student Learning

A new report out today from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (of which the AAUP is a member) focuses on problems faced by contingent faculty–and, by extension, … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Delphi Report on Contingent Faculty: A Professor’s Response

The following is a guest post by Donald Rogers. Rogers is the chair of the Organization of American Historians Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Faculty, and serves as the OAH … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

Comparing Talking MOOCs

This post is a re-presentation/slightly edited version of this post from my own blog where I have lately been discussing my participation in a Coursera MOOC “World Music.” Throw a … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

How The American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps

This piece, by Debra Leigh Scott, originally appeared on the blog The Homeless Adjunct. It is reposted here with her permission: A few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 4 Comments

Once More: The Value of History and Context

Last week, Mitt Romney directed that Obama “take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” For good and bad, ‘division and anger’ have always been part … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Commodifying “Content”

Four recent incidents have made me aware again of one of those itches it seems impossible to scratch, the valuation of “content” as a product rather than as the culmination … Continue reading

August 16, 2012 · 1 Comment



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