It had a transformative effect on me as a teacher,” said Jennifer Paxton, who teaches at the Catholic University of America and has recorded two history courses for the company and is working on a third. “One of the things they told me is that I should not hold back from really demonstrating the enthusiasm that I felt for the material. I think that, in a sense, I had drunk the academic Kool-Aid: You present something in a serious, sober manner.” For instance, her Great Courses coaches encouraged her to demonstrate graphically what happened in a medieval battle. “It was really like being unchained,” she said. “That experience was very profound. I came out and demonstrated the act of chopping the head off a horse. I had never done anything like that in lectures before.

The Great Courses Require Great Production - NYTimes.com

According to the corporate language, we’re anonymous customer-service cogs. According to the way we speak about ourselves, we’re rigidly individualized specialist artisans. These are antithetical views. When we fail to make room for any conversation in between those poles, we deny ourselves the chance to organize across the lines of class and status.

Faculty Refuse to See Themselves as Workers. Why? | Vitae

The other day, a friend of mine who teaches at a tony private university in the South messaged me in a huff: “I posted my grades at 10:00, and by 10:04 I had two hysterical complainers. OMG. I hate grades. #Hampshire,” she pined, wishing to work somewhere like proudly grade-free Hampshire College in Massachusetts. As she was typing, another complaint came in.

Why professors inflate grades: Because their jobs depend on it.

Beyond the unusually quick timeline for the cuts – deans and department chairs were given just two days to decide whom to lay off – the matter has raised concerns about shared governance. Faculty members say they have no idea whether such cuts are really necessary, given their lack of involvement in the decision and the fact that Quinnipiac simultaneously announced it will hire additional faculty members next year in other “growth” programs. “There’s shock, disbelief, confusion – we’re really just still reeling from this,” said a faculty member who did not want to be named, citing concerns about job security. “I don’t know how to express to you, in terms of information, how little we got [about the cuts].”

Quinnipiac faculty ‘reeling’ from rapid cuts @insidehighered

“We need to show them that adjunctification is a problem and not a solution,” Feal told me. “They need to choose not to be complicit in a system that abuses adjuncts.” She also argues that we must educate accreditors about how adjuncts lower the quality of education. If administrators are faced with the possibility of lower rankings because of the proportion of adjuncts on their faculty, Feal believes they will change their hiring practices. “Accreditors could change this game overnight,” Feal said.

The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back - Elizabeth Segran - The Atlantic

Indeed, some of the worst evaluations I ever got were for hands-down the best teaching I’ve ever done—which I measured by the revolutionary metric of “the students were way better at German walking out than they were walking in.” Alas, this took work, and some of the Kinder attempted to stage a mutiny on evaluation day. Little did they know that a “too much work” dig is the #humblebrag of the academy—and, indeed, anything less on evals is seen as pandering at best, and out-and-out grade-bribery at worst.

Student evaluations of college professors are biased and worthless.

The part-timers are often considered “invisible faculty,” because they rarely participate in academic life and typically bolt from campus the moment class ends. That researchers still know little about them — or how well they do their jobs — is especially startling given that a little more than half of all college faculty members are now part-timers, and they far outnumber full-time faculty members on most community college campuses.

The College Faculty Crisis - NYTimes.com

Most people in my discipline," said James Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association, "if they hear the words ‘authentic assessment,’ ‘high-impact educational practices,’ or ‘essential learning outcomes’ will run as fast as they can in the opposite direction." That is especially the case, Mr. Grossman said, at top-tier research universities. "Nobody is going to flunk the University of Texas or Princeton on their next round of accreditation," he said, "so no faculty member is going to take it seriously, which means this gobbledygook is something they simply have to forebear for a certain period of time.

Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’ - Graduate Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education

You see, textbook publishers market to professors who pick the books, not students who pay for them—where Apple and Amazon have traditionally directed their marketing. The key to innovation, these companies say, is to not try to beat the big publishing houses at their own game. “Their customer base is not the student,” says Nathan Schultz, the chief content officer at Chegg, which offers textbook rentals, e-textbooks and online study help. “Their customer base is the faculty member and, in some cases, the actual institution.” And every year brings a fresh batch of students looking to start college off right, making them wary of waiting for delivery of an online book, let alone experimenting with other ways of learning the material, says Texts.com CEO Peter Frank.

Why Can’t E-Books Disrupt The Lucrative College Textbook Business? ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code community

In the last year or so, many colleges and universities have limited adjunct hours—specifically to avoid having to give them health insurance coverage. The Obama rules further force a decision on just how dependent higher education remains on adjunct. “So if I am in the middle of a lecture, exam or finals, and my adjunct clock strikes 29 hours, do I pick up all the exams, stop lecturing mid-sentence and tell students, ‘sorry, I’m over the hourly limit imposed by the government and this institution, so if you completed the exam fine, if not too bad, take it up with the IRS, Obama and the ACA?’” one person wrote on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website.

Obama just made it a lot harder for colleges to exploit cheap labor—aka adjuncts - Quartz