Faculty

When faculty step away from campus

Policies and practices for granting, managing and tracking faculty leave in a climate where its value is questioned

There’s a standard practice in academia that’s highly valued; yet, at many colleges and universities, the policies and procedures surrounding it haven’t changed in decades. Until now.

Unintended consequences: The rise—and fall—of adjuncts in higher education

Adjunct faculty have long played a supporting role in higher education. These often overqualified professors work long hours for comparatively little pay, on the hope that it might lead to a full-time position. But somewhere along the way, the situation changed.

Office on the go

From facilities to IT to public safety, departments are equipping employees with mobile devices to work from anywhere on campus

Members of the facilities crew at Quinnipiac University were spending a lot of time traveling back to their shop during the workday.

This situation, of course, was not unique to Quinnipiac, but department officials at the school set out to eliminate the trips workers had to make to retrieve new work orders, find information about equipment in manuals or look up floor plans. The central Connecticut institution has a 212-acre main campus, and two branches that are a half-mile and about five miles away.

Adjunct 101: Enhancing the adjunct faculty orientation

Some campuses administrators have decided to make the adjunct orientation more meaningful, efficient, and convenient

An email from the department chair with a building and classroom number, a schedule, a syllabus, and instructions for getting a parking permit is about all the orientation many adjuncts receive before arriving on campus to teach their first class. It’s no wonder many of them don’t assimilate into campus.

Adjunct professor support beyond orientation

Additional training and support after the initial orientation has ended is good practice

As leaders at some institutions have realized, it’s not enough to offer just an orientation for adjuncts. Additional training and support after the initial orientation has ended is good practice. For example, at National Louis University in Illinois, Linda Kryzak launched the Post-Training Café in March 2013 as an online forum for faculty members to support one another and share ideas.

Nine ways to improve on-boarding of adjuncts

  1. Pay adjuncts for attending the orientation session
  2. Invite adjuncts on staff to participate
  3. Allow a range of campus departments to make presentations
  4. Give campus tours
  5. Host a getting-acquainted meal
  6. Provide online sessions for convenience and review
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Wellesley College partnership with China university tested by threats to outspoken professor

Xia Yeliang is a professor of economics at China's Peking University. Through his classroom lectures and online blogs he has become one of China's most outspoken advocates of political change.

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Faculty sues to keep California's biggest community college open

Teachers at City College of San Francisco have sued to block regulators from taking steps to shutter California's largest community college, which was stripped of its accreditation earlier this year.

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When including faculty of color, policies aren’t enough

Policies and practices to create diversity exist, but they don’t seem to be functioning sufficiently, study says

Subordinated and marginalized. That’s how faculty of color at community colleges are feeling.

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The NSA's next move: silencing university professors?

A Johns Hopkins computer science professor blogs on the NSA and is asked to take it down.

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