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As awareness grows, a lack of leadership in higher education on the changing faculty

By Daniel Maxey

Co-Authored by Adrianna Kezar Over the past few years, changes in the professoriate have garnered a significant amount of interest and attention in scholarly research, higher education periodicals, and the mainstream media.  Research continues to show that the lack of support provided for adjuncts impacts student learning conditions, as well as that when faculty are […]

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Why do we assume the best-case scenario of professionals among the adjunct ranks?

By Adrianna Kezar

Today, 51.2% of all instructional faculty in non-profit higher education are employed on a part-time basis (NCES, 2013). Part-time or adjunct faculty were historically employed to allow students to benefit from the experience of professionals practicing in their fields of study, increasingly, institutions are hiring off the tenure track to generate cost savings. Today, non-tenure-track […]

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Punishing Public Service

By Antar Tichavakunda

Co-authored by Bill Tierney What’s with our community organizer president? The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program was created in 2007 as an incentive for college grads to take jobs that serve the community. Currently, graduates working in public service positions can apply for loan forgiveness and have all of their debt, regardless of the […]

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March Madness Again – The 4th April blog might be different this time

By Mark DeFusco

I love this time of year – Spring time; New hope; The start of baseball and the culmination of another year of NCAA college basketball. This year there truly was madness.  When I sold Northcentral University to Dan Gilbert’s (of Quicken Loan fame) Rockbridge Growth Equity, I truly recognized his genius. This year, with great […]

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Mentoring Graduate Students, Part 2

By Randy Clemens

Discovery is central to graduate education. Students explore new ideas and challenge old beliefs. They practice complex skills and interact with an array of scholars. But, from reading a professor’s trenchant feedback to narrowing your dissertation focus, the process is not always glamorous. Here are a few resources to ease the journey: Purdue Owl APA […]

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On Boycotts

By Bill Tierney

A student recently asked me to sign a letter pertaining to a boycott (see below). She is a member of SCALE – the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation. The information about the boycott can be confusing so I asked my top-notch PhD students to look into the matter; permit me to summarize what we have […]

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The Academic, Version 2.0: The Scholar in the Era of Social Media (#AERA14)

By Constance Iloh

The Academic, Version 2.0: The Scholar in the Era of Social Media (#AERA14) Sun, April 6, 12:25 to 1:55pm, Convention Center, 100 Level, 108B Scholars have been late adopters of social media compared to professionals in other fields; however, our critical role in connecting with youth and across disciplines makes mastering social media an essential […]

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10 Things I Wish All Assistant Professors Knew

By Bill Tierney

I got my PhD in 1984.  During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators.  I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects”, as students, colleagues, and as friends. I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense. By no means is this everything […]

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Mentoring Graduate Students Part 1

By Randy Clemens

I love Shakespeare. No. Wait. That’s not quite right. I really love Shakespeare. As an undergrad student, I read most of his plays and all of his sonnets. I visited the Folger Shakespeare Library. I studied literary criticisms. I enrolled in as many Brit Lit classes as possible. And, I constantly thought about his lines […]

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Approaching AERA

By Bill Tierney

It’s that time of year again.  AERA is in our sights.  Last year we had 15,000 attendees in San Francisco so it’s like a small city.  I mentioned some of these points before, but they are worth repeating for those of us who are new to attending conferences in terms of how to plan. Be […]

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