Students in Need of Special Services

This semester I have my first student affiliated with the Office for Special Services for Students with Disabilities.  I knew something was up when I assigned a four question introductory sheet that just asked students to explain why they were taking the class, what they hoped to get out of the course, what they thought [...]

Departmental support

Due to the large number of adjuncts professors who teach undergraduate Psychology courses, the Department of Psychology established two adjunct representative positions.  The role includes being a liaison between the faculty and adjuncts professors by attending monthly departmental faculty meetings.

Most importantly, adjunct representatives organize meetings that provide opportunities for adjunct professors to meet each other [...]

Cultural differences

Queens is the most diverse borough in all of New York City. Just the same, Queens College is filled with diversity, not just by ethnicity or race but by SES, education level and many other factors. These differences are wonderful and great to have on campus. However, the important question to ask here is, how [...]

Adjuncts as a Resource When Teaching a New Class

I am embarking on a new adventure, teaching a class I’ve never taught before. I am very involved with the current literature on the subject, as it is what I plan to write my dissertation on, however teaching a group of students who may not be as passionate as I am about the subject seems [...]

Technology Challenge: The Digital Divide

Across the academy, instructors are being urged to incorporate more technology in their teaching; blended classrooms, flipped classrooms, and hybrid or online courses are trendy new pedagogy. Despite my belief that there are real benefits to the judicious use of technology in teaching and learning, I am concerned about the way in which the shift [...]

how to read evaluations

The semester is over. Grades are in. And now that we have evaluated student work, it’s time to read the evaluations that students have written about us and our work.

Plenty of other people have written better on how complicated evaluations are for adjuncts as people with precarious work situations, leading to problems like grade [...]

Group Projects

We all know and remember them well. I am going to venture to guess most of us hated them. It’s no surprise that our active and prepared students also dislike them.

At the end of each semester I ask my students to present interdisciplinary mini-lessons to their peers. This makes them active participants in the [...]