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Category Archives: corporate influence

Doubling Down on the Exploitation of Adjunct Faculty

In an article titled “Outsourced in Michigan” written for Inside Higher Ed, Colleen Flaherty chronicles the movement among Michigan’s community colleges to outsource the hiring of adjunct faculty and the … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Our Internal and Public Messaging about Administrative Bloat

Bonuses, both for performance and longevity, have become commonplace for higher-ed administrators at both public and private institutions. Indeed, these bonuses have become so commonplace that they now generally go … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Selling Us The Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo

Back in 1962, when I was first inhaling huge gulps of pop music, there was a song by Dr. Feelgood and the Interns that would occasionally surface on Atlanta top-40 … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Sorry Airline: An Opportunity for Collaboration

An article in the Thursday, July 10, edition of The Wall Street Journal, “Who Is the Sorriest Airline?”, by Scott McCartney, provides beautiful fare for thinking once the amusement factor … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Looming Crisis in Higher Education

The “real problem” behind the exploitation of adjunct faculty is quite obvious: universities have continued to produce a reasonable number of Ph.D.’s but no longer are willing to hire a … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · 8 Comments

The Creepy Invasion of Cengage in My Email Inbox

July 3 and I am minding my own business, just checking email before Independence Day, and I have an email from someone named Ashley Minton,, with a cc: to … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

From the Frontier of Teaching

While the intellectual in me has always been a bit suspicious or patronizing of persons who read their daily devotional or Bible, I must confess that I have turned to … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Summer Special: Words with Friends

Okay, I admit it, I am a huge fan of Words with Friends. If Ann Coulter can reveal to an entire nation that hating soccer is America’s favorite pastime, I … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

So Everything That We Have Read and Heard Is Wrong?

Writing for the New York Times (June 24, 2014), in a column titled “The Reality of Student Debt Is Different than the Cliches,” David Leonhardt reviews a recent study released … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Christensen’s Disruptive Innovation after the Lepore Critique

The following piece by Christopher Newfield, Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, first appeared on the blog, “Remaking the University,” which he runs with UCLA Professor … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 6 Comments

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