Trends In Higher Education

Colleges and Corporations: Collaborating to Close the Skills Gap

Although the commonalities between higher education and the corporate world may be far and few, there is one issue that is affecting both immensely - the skills gap. The skills gap refers to the expanding gap between the skills and knowledge of recent graduates entering the workforce and the skills and knowledge corporations believe their businesses need. Higher education has always played a .... read more

Closing the Skills Gap: Are Adjuncts the Answer?

The skills gap is an issue that has been much debated in recent years. The skills gap refers to the discrepancy between the skill set needed to succeed in the professional world and the skill set with which students graduate. In the past, a bachelor's degree has served as a reliable indicator that a young adult is prepared to enter the workforce, however, surveys have indicated that although stude.... read more

Reducing Interview Anxiety

As the fall semester nears its end, it comes time to start thinking about the application process for the next term. Perhaps you are a new professor looking for a position at a new institution, or maybe you are changing colleges at the end of the semester. Regardless, the interview and application process tend to be one of the most stressful parts of acquiring a position. In a 2013 survey produced.... read more

Interviewing with a Religiously Affiliated Institution

The US Department of Education has reported that nearly 1.5 million students enroll at one of the United State's 900 religiously affiliated institutions each year (2011). The majority of religiously affiliated institutions are liberal arts colleges with the exception of a few research institutions. The mission statements of these institutions often focus on teaching and learning objectives emphasi.... read more

Combining IQ with EQ: Professors as Models of Emotional Intelligence

Of all soft skills, emotional intelligence is perhaps the newest in the realm of study and has been largely disregarded in academia. Emotional intelligence is comprised of self-awareness, management of emotion, and self-motivation that requires the active ability to intrinsically monitor oneself in times of difficulty (Myers & Tucker, 2005). The overall perhaps due to the assumption that being.... read more

Adjunct Teaching: Sharing your Skills, Knowledge, and Expertise or the New, New Sharing Economy

It seems that every successful new start up I read about lately has something to do with the new "sharing economy":    Uber, Airbnb and Simplist (formerly Snapgoods) are just a few examples. These companies, also called peer-to-peer companies, provide digital platforms that borrow or rent "underused assets;" things like cars, homes and gadgets.  The sharing economy has made.... read more

The Birth of the Sharing Economy

From Listia, this infographic provides more information about the New Sharing Economy. .... read more

Tenure-Track or Not? Academic Hierarchies at Universities

Tenure is the right of a professor not to be subjected to summary dismissal without just cause; this right is typically awarded contractually after a probationary period. Some positions in academic institutions are considered "tenure-track," which means that the holder of the position is guaranteed eventual consideration for tenure. Non-tenure-track positions will generally not be considered f.... read more

Adjunct Teaching: The Ideal Encore Career

Recently, many retired people have turned to adjunct professorships as an encore career. For individuals looking to help their community, experience professional growth, and deepen their understanding of certain issues, adjunct teaching may be a good fit. Adjunct teaching is an ideal encore career because it provides great teaching opportunities, encourages professional development, and gives .... read more

Turning Education on its Head: The Positives and Pitfalls of the Flipped Classroom

A recent trend in college classrooms is what administrators call "the flipped classroom," which refers to class structures that provide prerecorded lecture materials for students to watch on their own time and in-class exercises to check students' understanding of the material. As flipped classrooms have become more and more popular in colleges, it's important to keep in mind that .... read more

How to Find your Perfect Adjunct Job

If you are an experienced adjunct professor or you are an expert who has knowledge and skills you would like to share with students, how do you get connected with the colleges and universities who need you to teach?   In my experience, most of us check job boards, classified ads or school websites or try to find a personal or professional contact at an institution.  Sometimes thes.... read more

Freelance Academics: Tax Treatment of Adjunct Professors

Are adjunct professors independent contractors (1099 workers) or W2 employees?   Adjuncts are typically contracted to teach on a course-by-course basis but are considered W2 employees for tax purposes.        The difference between 1099 and W2 status is that 1099 workers are employed as independent contractors or freelancers, while W2 workers are employ.... read more