The Sad Death Of An Adjunct Professor Sparks A Labor Debate Adjunct professors at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh are trying to unionize. The death of a longtime, part-time employee has put the debate in a larger forum. Ronald Woan/Flickr The death of a long-time, part-time professor in Pittsburgh is gathering the attention of instructors nationwide. The trend of relying on part-time faculty has been in the works for decades, and Margaret Mary Vojtko's story is seen by some as a tragic byproduct. Last spring, months before her death, Vojtko showed up at a meeting between adjunct professors at Duquesne University and the union officials who had been trying to organize them.
Read | Sir Ken Robinson Sir Ken has authored and co-authored a wide range of books, reports and articles on creativity, the arts, education and cultural development. Here’s a selection: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes EverythingBy Sir Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica Buy Now: 10 talks from inspiring teachers Professor John Keating of “The Dead Poets Society.” Calculus teacher Jaime Escalante of “Stand and Deliver.” Marine-turned-teacher Louanne Johnson of “Dangerous Minds.” Hollywood might want to take note of a new award-winning teacher on the block, Stephen Ritz, who gave this fast-paced, highly inspiring talk at TEDxManhattan. Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South BronxA parent and teacher in the South Bronx, Ritz has noticed his students getting larger and more sickly over the years, not to mention the fact that they’re parsing fewer options for earning a living. So Ritz began working with his students to grow “indoor edible walls,” beautiful living murals, full of greenery.
Education: A College Cure? Mental health problems have become so prevalent among college students that they are not just overwhelming campus counseling centers—they now threaten the core mission of the university. "It's an important nationwide problem in higher education," says Steven Hyman, provost of Harvard University. A group of educators and mental health experts is proposing a novel solution—overhauling the way classes are taught in order to engage students more actively and completely in learning.
WELCOME TO MY WEBPAGE Mozhgan Tavakoli Computer Information Systems courses including: Computer Science Information Technology 101 Introduction to Information Systems for MIS 103 Center for Teaching Excellence at USC Go to the Pedagogy Page Enhancing the knowledge and effectiveness of all who teach, from novices to veterans, at the University of South Carolina. Go to Integrative Learning Page Helping faculty teach students to integrate beyond and within the classroom experiences to achieve course learning outcomes. Go to Graduate Student Page Providing professional development programs specifically for teaching assistants and other graduate students interested in teaching.
Wellbeing Education | Theatre Based Wellbeing Learning | The Hazlitt Arts Centre Theatre removes us from our ‘everyday’ and transports us to a place guided by the actors we are watching. While confronting and challenging us to imagine a new world, our minds are open to new thoughts and information. Few other platforms provide such a rich environment for conscious and unconscious learning; in our experience, this form of engagement is one of our most powerful tools in delivering important wellbeing messages. Hazlitt Arts Centre In conjunction with the Hazlitt Arts Centre, we have created several fantastic productions and workshops.
The student authored syllabus Author: Suz Burroughs In either formal learning, informal learning or models which transition between the two, there are many opportunities for learners to co-create the syllabus and/or outline their own course of action. The sage on the stage of formal instruction must become at the most a guide on the side who acts as a coach appearing only when needed rather than as a lecturer who determines the content that the learners need to master. In the following inspirational but certainly not prescriptive examples, we will focus on co-learning methods drawn from a Social Constructivist perspective, which fits nicely here. We offer a few examples below to show a range of learner centered approaches. They all are based on co-learners hosting each other for one of a number of digestible topics in the larger subject area or domain that the group formed in order to explore.
The Benefits of Unschooling: Report I from a Survey of 231 Families Five months ago, in September, 2011, I posted an essay ( here ) introducing readers to the unschooling movement and inviting unschooling families to participate in a survey. The survey questionnaire—which was posted on Pat Farenga's Learning Without School site and Jan Hunt's Natural Child Project site—asked unschooling families to tell us a bit about their family, including the age and sex of each child, the employment of each parent , and the history of schooling, homeschooling, and unschooling of each child. It also asked the respondents to define unschooling as it is practiced in their home, to describe the path that led them to unschooling, and to tell us about the biggest challenges and benefits of unschooling for their family. My colleague Gina Riley (adjunct professor of special education at Hunter College) and I have been working on analyzing the results and preparing a report for publication in an educational journal.
Welcome to the ePortfolio Program! All undergraduates at Clemson University are expected to create and submit a digital portfolio as evidence of academic and experiential mastery of Clemson's core competencies. Students collect work from their classes and elsewhere, connecting (tagging) it to the competencies (Mathematical Literacy; Natural Science; Science and Technology in Society; Social Sciences; Cross-Cultural Awareness; Arts and Humanities; and the distributed competencies Ethical Judgment and Critical Thinking) throughout their undergraduate experience. New Faculty Majority - The National Coalition for Adjunct & Contingent Equity NFM knows that you want to find solid solutions to crises ranging from fiscal drought to remediation. You are looking for expertise that can help you devise sound higher education policies that benefit colleges, communities, and the country as a whole. NFM helps policymakers to understand how the exploitation of contingent faculty is an unacceptable, and, ultimately unsuccessful, strategy for decreasing college costs, preparing students to join the workforce, or ensuring the integrity of American higher education.
Montessori v/s Waldorf Maria Montessori, a medical doctor and anthropologist, opened the first Casa dei Bambini (not “school” but “house of children”) in Rome, Italy in 1907. Rudolf Steiner founded the Waldorf School at Stuttgart in Germany in 1919 for the children of the factory workers of the Waldorf Astoria Cigarette Company at the request of that company's director. Unfortunately both are in the situation of not being able to protect and regulate the use of the words “Montessori” or “Waldorf.” This means that in both cases there are schools that profess to follow the teachings of their originators but whose directors, well-meaning as they may be, have a variety of experience, some the full long-term teacher training. Others may actually have only read a book on the subject and decided to open a school with no trained teacher at all!
Riesman model of Education and Culture In April 1997 the Harvard University Gazette reported, "The journal Contemporary Sociology has named the best-selling sociology book ever... The Lonely Crowd (Yale University Press) by David Riesman, [with] Nathan Glazer, and Reuel Denney, which the journal says has sold some 1.4 million copies since it was published in 1950." Interestingly, if the web is anything to go by, it is the fact of its popularity and influence which is most remarked, rather than what it says. I once met Riesman when I was an undergraduate, and he was a visiting professor. That memory has not unduly influenced my respect for his book, which could hardly be written today, so sweeping and courageous is it in its scope. For me, its major claim to respect is the way in which it predicted what is effectively the post-modern movement and current culture.