Part-time professors, in demand, fill many distance-education faculties

Because she does all of her teaching online, Ms. Achterhof can handle many more courses, at many more colleges, than she could face to face. She is an adjunct professor of business and management at four institutions, in three states, moving among her teaching duties with the click of a mouse while her black Labrador lies curled at her feet. She hardly ever sees a campus, spending much of her…

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Cool Hunting at Seton Hill University

Discuss William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition. In-class activity: find a partner. Inspect what he or she is wearing or carrying, and write down every brand name you can spot. We will collate the results and vote on what is, or isn’t “cool.” Brand Name Cool rating? VICTORIA SECRET 14+ Advil 14 Hanes 13 Adidas 12 Smackers 12 Eclipse 11 Twix 11 Blistex 11 Bath & Body 11 nike 10 Old Navy…

Reading Game/Text: EverQuest, Alienation, and Digital Communities

though Limbaugh is wrong to decide that video games are entirely like other games, his comparison opens up interesting possibilities for anyone wanting to develop a theory of video games as a medium because it suggests that any such theory ought to deal with both sides of video gaming’s cultural history. Though many readers in English departments will be more comfortable with the expressive aspects of games that essentially resemble…

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Disappearing Act

About 45 percent of all faculty members are now part-timers. Each year thousands of people with new doctorates in fields like history and English fail to find the tenure-track jobs they are chasing. In English, for instance, fewer than half of the new Ph.D.’s win tenure-track jobs initially, according to the Modern Language Association. When confronted with those numbers, the apologists, as the Invisible Adjunct calls them, maintain that there…