Daily Digest for May 15th

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I struggle with personal writing deadlines, so @emilygwynne and I will hold each other accountable for writing due June 16 #phdchat #ECRchat [jeffreykeefer]
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Reminder: Today 4:00pm EDT is #AdjunctChat; What community of support do you want or need as an #adjunct? All are welcome! #phdchat #ECRchat [jeffreykeefer]
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I have been thinking about this afternoon’s #AdjunctChat, as I have not facilitated a Twitter chat before. Perhaps it will just be me?! [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @nelliemuller: Here’s the real story about the origin of the MOOC by a Canadian. Yes, they started by Canadians: http://t.co/GJTShKgSB4 [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @JaneBozarth: MT @boxofcrayons Who’s a source of inspiration for you? When did you last check in with what they’re up to? [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @nycgov: Did you know? NYC has 163 Higher Education institutions & employed 99,000 people in 2011. More:http://t.co/3yL5MOt5iL http://t.… [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @VCVaileNFM: : Morehouse #adjunct professors won’t be at http://t.co/NpSTUloTUc…no room for adjuncts via Atlantic Journa… http://t.co/… [jeffreykeefer]
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@Jessifer @slamteacher @HybridPed What an endeavor! Many will appreciate it indeed, including those who will think it was always like that. [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @dougledIHE: Post-study abroad era? With its numbers flat or falling, @penn pushes students to intl internships and postgrad jobs: http:… [jeffreykeefer]
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@gsiemens @LearningImpact Groans can be good or bad. [jeffreykeefer]
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@AlisonSeaman Good luck. Working with older tech can be a challenge.We have all been there. [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @AdjunctAction: Petition supporting @SenWarren‘s bill calling for #studentloan rates to be set at same rate as loans to #bigbanks. http… [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @pewforum: This slideshow shows how #GayMarriage views vary by generation, gender, race, religious group & political party. http://t.co/… [jeffreykeefer]
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@jgieseking @bonstewart That looks fantastic! For the first time I wish I were not finished with my #PhD! Alas, I do not appear eligible 🙁 [jeffreykeefer]
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@Jessifer @slamteacher @HybridPed Yes, it is always a tricky thing to get something in place that will work for everybody. [jeffreykeefer]
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It is time for our scheduled #AdjunctChat; anybody teaching HE less than FT or permanent are welcome to join in and share! [jeffreykeefer]
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Thanks for coming together today to informally discuss things that affect us as #adjuncts (in any capacity) in higher education #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Let me share a little background in this idea for #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Today was the best day and time based on a poll I created http://t.co/ipbHlJOeMw and tried to disseminate to gauge interest #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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As an #adjunct faculty member in HE for years (I work FT elsewhere), I sometimes feel I don’t have a robust support community #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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While working on my #PhD, I found great support and sharing through participating in #phdchat, both in real-time and ongoing #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Now that my HE interaction is primarily as an #adjunct, I wondered if there were also not a similar community of support! #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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That is what led me to reaching out to others to determine if I were alone or if other #adjuncts shared a similar sentiment #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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What better way to start than by asking the simple question “What community of support do you want or need as an #adjunct?” #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I wondered if a discussion around this may be helpful or useful, and if we use a tag #AdjunctChat others can read or add to this later. [jeffreykeefer]
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I have only recently started to wonder about levels or types of support for #adjunct needs #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@buridan Blogs and message boards, yes, though I have not really found ongoing conversations or discussions on a wide level #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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When I think of #adjunct work, I think about PT professionals interested in teaching and learning though I know it is much more #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@buridan Yes, adjunct unions are growing in numbers, though I am not sure about their effectiveness. Have you found them to be? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I suppose a question about #adjunct unions is how or what forms of support they offer. Do people find them supportive? How? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@buridan Hmm, I wonder what you mean about your #adjuncts in their union doing "ok?" #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I wonder how many #adjuncts are unionized, and to what extent they support their members? Support has so many levels of meaning #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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What does support for #adjuncts mean to you? Financial, job security, teaching freedom, health benefits, transition to FT? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I have also been thinking about program or discipline integrity or continuation, especially with high % of #adjuncts #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I #adjunct teach for love of teaching, though I am not clear where it may (or not) lead. Has this developed for anybody? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I am also wondering how people who do #adjunct teaching feel free to practice, develop, or lead their disciplines? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Thinking about this, I wonder if #adjunct are more or less present in practitioner programs compared to more theoretical ones? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I approach #adjunct work from the perspective of PT HE teaching. I wonder how academic orgs are strategically relying on them? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Increasingly, I see programs where the majority of faculty are #adjuncts. Wonder what the long-term implications may be? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Better yet, I wonder if some programs are intending to use #adjuncts to eliminate tenure, for good or bad (and for whom!?) #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Granted, not every country or region has tenure, though it has become quite present in US HE #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Can discussing #adjunct issues be done without getting into considerations of power or (im)balance #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@buridan There is certainly flexibility! How or who do you think benefits from this, and how can we support those who don’t? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I keep coming back to the area of continuity, and wonder if perhaps some disciplines can benefit from #adjuncts disruption? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @VCVaileNFM: Another #MayDay 4 #adjuncts review @eValerick dba Alan Trevithick, blogging when…: Another #MayDay 4 #adjunchttp://t.… [jeffreykeefer]
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@buridan Capital meaning $ or intellectual or some other form? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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As an #adjunct who is hired for a temporary job (such as teaching a course), should I expect anything else from a Uni? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@KavuBob Can you talk more about what you have in mind? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@buridan What effect do you think this has on long established systems of education? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I find that at times when I have spoken to #adjuncts about support within HE, that an Us-Them sometimes develops. Useful? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@buridan Is serving one master really the whole picture? I can’t help but consider implications from actor-network theory! #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@IshaiBarnoy Are they really limits or new approaches / considerations? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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I wonder what will happen in the #adjunct economy as we produce more (research) doctorates than are FT HE positions? #AdjunctChat #AltAc [jeffreykeefer]
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@IshaiBarnoy Yes, and I have at least seen lots of challenges mentioned, though possible solutions can be considered? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@IshaiBarnoy A challenge is that love of a discipline at times is compromised when compensation models don’t support it #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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We are nearing the end of the hour, which means it may be time to wrap up this real-time #AdjunctChat about issues of #adjunct support. [jeffreykeefer]
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It will be interesting to think about these issues, as I find that talking about them, even without IRT replies, useful #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Thanks for sharing thoughts and RTs @buridan @KavuBob @IshaiBarnoy @AlisonSeaman, I look forward to continuing these threads #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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@KavuBob Academic freedom means different things to different people. Issues of power and postionality seem to dominate? #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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Thanks; until we meet again and continue / alter / develop / pursue / engage in discussions of #adjunct support again! #AdjunctChat [jeffreykeefer]
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At the eye doctor. Hope he can do something for my drier than dry eyes. [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @raulpacheco: RT @SAGE_Methods: Five Best Practices for Getting Started with Research http://t.co/a7I7c8pDEZ [jeffreykeefer]
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Thinking about teaching via distance again for @NYUSCPS after lots of F2F work. [jeffreykeefer]
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Where is @teddyb109 going? @NYUDL [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @chrishumphrey: Great advice for transition PhDs by @DrJessicaLanger = ‘3 Things PhDs Leaving Academia Should Know About Business’
http:… [jeffreykeefer]
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@debng Feel better. I started to feel that way earlier today as well. [jeffreykeefer]
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@IshaiBarnoy Yes, I am glad for you. Nothing like the energy that comes with a new idea. [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @eLearningGuild: How To Write Better Analogies For Learning: The eLearning Coach http://t.co/TcA1B3Yvds via @elearningcoach #eLearning [jeffreykeefer]
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RT @ecstiles: Owning the platform gives you the power and/or responsibility? Facebook blocks ‘social suicide’ app http://t.co/k4nyjKg3Et [jeffreykeefer]

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