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The Plight of Part-Time Faculty

What shapes the perspective of these faculty—and what supports they need

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The Plight of Part-Time Faculty

What shapes the perspective of these faculty—and what supports they need

Part-time faculty play a vital role in university life. They teach large intro courses and classes; they are more likely to teach evening classes, which provides flexibility in course scheduling and attracts students who work during the day; and they accept last-minute teaching assignments when campuses add new class sections due to high student demand.

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State University Faculty Contract Talks Continue As Sides Work Toward A Settlement

The union representing professors at the 14 state universities are meeting with system negotiators today trying to bridge the divide between their respective bargaining positions on terms of a new contract.

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Nursing Schools Reinventing Recruitment

Attracting faculty amidst the nation’s nursing shortage

Perhaps nothing causes more administrative anxiety for deans at nursing schools than the nation’s nursing shortage. It not only poses a real threat to the country’s health care delivery system, but also to higher ed institutions that need nursing faculty.

Many are feeling the pinch. Positions remain unfilled, some for years. So nursing schools are rethinking and redesigning their traditional recruiting and retention strategies. Their solutions are quite varied, ranging from creating e-jobs and dual appointments to sharing existing faculty.

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Higher Ed Advocates Focus on Retirement Benefits

While higher education issues seem hidden behind state gun control and uranium mining discussions at the Capitol so far, professors from Virginia Commonwealth University and other schools are urging legislators to improve retirement benefits for public university and college employees.

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If We Profs Don't Reform Higher Ed, We'll Be Re-Formed (And We Won't Like It)

Although normally a pretty upbeat and optimistic person, I end a lot of my different talks these days with a pretty scary, even dystopic slide: "IF WE PROFS CAN BE REPLACED BY A COMPUTER SCREEN, WE SHOULD BE.”

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Bullying at Work on Campus

Higher ed workers bullied more than general workforce

Bullies aren’t just on the playground. In fact, 62 percent of higher ed employees surveyed for a recent study reported witnessing or experiencing bullying in the past 18 months. That’s exactly one-quarter more than the 37 percent of the general workforce who report the same, according to Workplace Bullying Institute Data.

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Professors From Double-Dipping Case Leave U Of Minnesota

A faculty couple who were investigated for double-dipping salaries at two institutions has left the University of Minnesota.

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Insurance Coverage for Colleges and Universities

The Rutgers (N.J.) spying case and the Penn State abuse scandal, among others, highlight the liability risks of all types facing colleges and universities. From the other end of the risk spectrum, Tulane University’s (La.) long struggle to rebuild and recoup losses stemming from Hurricane Katrina illustrates the complexity of property damage risk management.

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Why Grand Valley State University Administrator Pushes Improvements For Part-Time Faculty

Administrators at Grand Valley State University are seeking to provide more training and development opportunities for part-time faculty, an initiative they say will benefit students and teachers alike.

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