Survey Results: Electronic Devices In The Classroom

Posted on Nov 19, 2013

First of all, thanks to everyone that responded. The information you provided will be very helpful. Second, I need to mention that surveys continued to come in after the deadline for the article on this topic that will appear in the Santa Maria Times on November 29, so there may be some small discrepancies in the results you see here and what is in the article. I surveyed my students on this topic as well, asking them similar (but not identical)...

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“You Should Do This More Often!”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013

We held our Fall Membership Meeting—the first one in our new office—on November 7. Everyone had a nice time, but what stands out most is how many times someone said, “You should do this more often!” An excellent suggestion. We need to have more opportunities for our members to just spend time with one another. Nothing serious, no agenda, and nothing to vote on, just a chance to be with other part-timers. It is so important for us to...

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Why we say, “Union Yes!” Number three

Posted on Nov 11, 2013

Third in a series of articles that address the importance of unions and what, in particular, your union, the Part-Time Faculty Association, has accomplished for part-timers at Allan Hancock College. “Know You Have Made A Difference In My Life.” When Deborah (not her real name) was being evaluated recently, an issue arose that she felt could put her teaching career at Hancock at risk. After nearly two decades of teaching part-time at...

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UCSB panel discussion: Con Job—Stories of Adjuncts and Contingent Labor

Posted on Nov 7, 2013

I was asked to be a panelist at a CFT sponsored event on Oct. 31 at UCSB that dealt with the issues of contingent labor in higher education. The other two panelists were Katia McClain, a lecturer in Slavic languages at UCSB, and Randy Rightmire, who teaches at both UCSB and Santa Barbara City College. The panel was moderated by Chris Dean, a lecturer in the writing program at UCSB. Mr. Dean asked questions of the panel such as, “How does being...

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