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There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts

Students are paying higher tuition than ever. Why can’t more of that revenue go to the people teaching them?
 
In early June, California labor regulators ruled that a driver for Uber, the app-based car service, was, in fact, an employee, not an independent contractor, and deserved back pay. ...




A big mistake many hiring managers make in interviews

Research shows many of those involved in the hiring process are making a critical mistake when they meet with job candidates for the first time. 
 
What is it? Relying too heavily on first impressions.
 
Chances are, some people in your organization are big believers in the sentiment: “There’s nothing like a good first impression. ...




More Than Half of College Faculty Are Adjuncts: Should You Care?

Nearly three-quarters of American professors are contingent faculty. That’s a problem for students.
As a grad student instructor, I usually spent weeks designing courses about subjects I was passionate about. One semester, however, I was asked — with just a single day’s notice — to teach an introduction to ancient literature. ...




Are Our College Professors Too Old?

Millions of 18-year-olds are excited about heading to college this month — leaving home, making friends and taking courses that meet only a few hours a week. On the first day of classes, however, they may be startled to find that the professor who enters Calculus I or Intro to Philosophy is more than a half-century older than they are. ...




The Cost of an Adjunct

The plight of non-tenured professors is widely known, but what about the impact they have on the students they’re hired to instruct?
 
Imagine meeting your English professor by the trunk of her car for office hours, where she doles out information like a taco vendor in a food truck. ...




Four Retirement Expenses That May Catch You By Surprise

You’ve worked hard over the years and saved your money wisely, in order to secure a successful retirement. Perhaps you have enlisted the services of a Financial Advisor or decided to give up the dream of owning that sports car because you know the money will be needed further down the road. ...




Improving Diversity in Higher Education - Beyond the Moral Imperative

Seizing the Moment
 
We witnessed a pivotal moment for higher education last week with the resignations of Tim Wolfe, President of the University of Missouri System, and R. Bowen Loftin, Chancellor of the flagship campus in Columbia. Issues of diversity and inclusion have been challenging campuses for years, but I believe we have now reached a tipping point that will place this issue front and center on leaders’ agendas today and into the future. ...




The Power of Intentionality: Cal State Fullerton's Strategic Approach to Ensuring Equity

In recent years, calls for disruption in higher education have orbited around the seductive nucleus of technology—particularly massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other “unbundled” online learning systems—drawn to the promise of expanded access, reduced costs, and increased completion rates. ...




Reconsidering the Pipeline Problem: Increasing Faculty Diversity

Kimberly A. Griffin writes that a pathway is a better metaphor than a pipeline when considering how to diversify college and university faculty. 
 
This is the third in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion. ...




Building a more diverse faculty

Building a more diverse faculty
 
By Amy Scott
 
Keisha Allen was just about to appear before the entire education department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to give a talk on her research. Huddled in an office with a faculty mentor, she squeezed in some last-minute practice. ...