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Higher Education

Syllabus Adjunct Clause

Hey there, Doubters! As I promised in the last edition of On the Market, here is a sample adjunct clause that can be inserted into any syllabus for courses taught by temporary faculty. Please keep in mind that since situations differ from school to school–and even from department to department–the following …

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Required Readings

Virginity tests, out-of-state students, Big Brother U., first-gen troubles, PR and research findings, and early ed in Silicon Valley: Required Readings, 02.01.16

The good news: Sixteen young women from the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa will be receiving university scholarships. The bad news: They must undergo regular virginity “testing” in order to receive the funds. State universities are enrolling record numbers of out-of-state students in hopes that their higher tuition will help ameliorate diminished state …

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Culture

Not Knowing What We’re Doing

The more I teach, the more I realize that students don’t really know what teachers do, and neither do the adults they grow up to be. It wasn’t until I was in my senior year in teacher school that I started to really grasp what exactly this job entails. I …

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A Rose by Any Other Name…

Names can say a lot about us. Even though our parents did not choose for us the way J.K. Rowling did for her characters (you could think that the parents of Remus Lupin were asking for their child to be bitten by a werewolf), they still had their reasons for …

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Recent Comments

  • User Avatarewcollins {   I will not be putting this on my syllabus. I do tell my students that I've been a part-time lecturer since 1984. I also... } – Feb 09, 2:23 PM
  • User AvatarDan { Yes I rephrased the sentence at some point and didn't catch this. Following your comment that we are all higher ed educators, consider the necessity... } – Feb 08, 7:54 PM
  • User Avatarawkwardecho { I have to say I agree with Dan. We are all happy that you had the situation you had, but where is your sense of... } – Feb 08, 7:53 PM
  • User Avatarawkwardecho { I know this is very picky, but we are higher ed educators, aren't we? (I should say that overall I like the comment. It's very... } – Feb 08, 7:44 PM
  • User AvatarDan { Resent it if you will, but I think this is a combination of institution-specific terminology (what did your school call the sort of teachers described... } – Feb 08, 7:21 PM
  • User Avatarmindwithaview { Only one problem: That isn't what "adjunct" means everywhere. There are adjuncts in colleges and universities across the country who have been adjuncts for ten... } – Feb 08, 7:03 PM

Education

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From the Archives: Why College Probably Shouldn’t Be Free

[Note: Much of this analysis was written around the time of the 2012 Quebec Student Protests, but remains relevant given the Sanders campaign’s popular free-college-for-all platform in the ongoing US presidential election.] I think the system of higher education in Quebec provides a useful and interesting comparison to the situation in the …

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Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking

A Skeptatic Dialogue, Conclusion

Quentis and Firmatio: A Skeptatic Dialogue, Conclusion Continued from Part 4.   Epilogue: While the Socratic dialogues are useful in studying the Socratic method, perhaps this Skeptatic dialogue might be helpful in explaining the Skeptical method. Or perhaps not, I’m experimenting with different pedagogical techniques and this is one result. …

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Pedagogy

Red rose
CultureEducationPedagogy

A Rose by Any Other Name…

Names can say a lot about us. Even though our parents did not choose for us the way J.K. Rowling did for her characters (you could think that the parents of Remus Lupin were asking for their child to be bitten by a werewolf), they still had their reasons for …

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Culture

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Culture

Not Knowing What We’re Doing

The more I teach, the more I realize that students don’t really know what teachers do, and neither do the adults they grow up to be. It wasn’t until I was in my senior year in teacher school that I started to really grasp what exactly this job entails. I …

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