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10 things I wish all associate professors knew

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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On Boycotts – Part II

I had written a week or so ago about the hope that USC would boycott JanSport because of their relationship to VF Corporation (the parent company), and VF’s unwillingness to adhere to certain standards to protect workers, particularly in Bangladesh. A student from SCALE (the Student Coalition against Labor Exploitation) contacted me and told me that […]

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Making non-tenure-track faculty support a priority for campuses

Co-authored by Daniel Maxey As we present research on the problems associated with the changing faculty and student success, we often hear that changes don’t happen because it is hard to garner senior administrators’ attention to the issue of the changing faculty.  Instead, campus leaders are focused on budgets, access, affordability, internationalization, technology, assessment, and […]

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Adjuncts hired at poverty wages to reduce expenses; savings shifted to increase administrative hiring. At what cost?

Co-authored by Adrianna Kezar. The leaders of our colleges and universities have long claimed that they have no choice but to hire part-time faculty; they claim that to do otherwise would inevitably drive up costs and, by extension, the tuition billed to students.  A new study confirms what many advocates and activists for part-time faculty […]

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Cash poor or tight fisted? The money needed to begin properly supporting non-tenure-track faculty already exists.

As we travel around the country and speak with academic leaders of departments, schools, and colleges about the need to provide better support for non-tenure-track faculty, the response is often the same: constrained resources prevent them from acting; the money necessary to make any improvements just is not available.  One of the main reasons campuses […]

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

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?

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

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

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

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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