A Lecturer Showed a Painting of the Prophet Muhammad. She Lost Her Job.

Make no mistake about this, Dr. Lopez Prater lost her position because she was an adjunct, without job protection. The administration claims she wasn't fired. She simply wasn't re-hired for the next semester. Does one need a better example of "the Precarity"? She wasn't afforded the luxury of the necessary and thorough-going discussion of academic freedom that the incident that led to her dismissal requires -- within the academic community. She was on the outside looking in.

Re: AI and College Essays

Don't get mad; get creative. An AI can only produce content if it has information in its dataset. The answer is to create assignments that specifically reference course content, put unique information together in new and interesting ways, and make use of third-party (hopefully free and accessible) tech tools to make creative projects. An AI can turn out a passable essay on Moby-Dick since there are many examples to choose from.

AI and College Essays

Since many of us are going to be grading exams and essays these days, I thought it would be important for us to read and reflect on this article: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2022/12/chatgpt-ai-writing-college-student-...


What kinds of reasonable and realistic responses can we make to this phenomenon? If an AI can churn out C-grade essays in no time, what is to be done?

Have PhD? Work for free


Below is a story by Anemona Hartocollis that appeared in the New York Times online on April 6, 2022:

Margaret DeLacy, H-Scholar editor

"Help Wanted: Adjunct Professor, Must Have Doctorate. Salary: $0. After protests, U.C.L.A. took down a job posting that offered no pay. But it turns out colleges often expect Ph.D.s to work for free."

UCLA Pummeled Over Adjunct Job Without Pay

 “The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA seeks applications for an assistant adjunct professor on a without salary basis. Applicants must understand there will be no compensation for this position. Responsibilities will include: teaching according to the instructional needs of the department. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or equivalent discipline and have significant experience and strong record in teaching chemistry or biochemistry at the college level.”

Virtual Discussion on Adjunct and Contingent Issues - Friday, February 11

Virtual Discussion on Adjunct and Contingent Issues - Friday, February 11

The OAH Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment is hosting a discussion on Friday February 11, at 3pm ET to discuss the current OAH's Standards for Non-Tenure Track Faculty and develop a new 

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