2017: The Year of College Student Activism and Social Media Organizing

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was one of the most divisive in recent history. In a recent poll by CNN, 85% of Americans reported believing that the country is more divided than in previous years. As we head into 2017, this division is likely to remain steady and perhaps increase. As a result, college campuses in 2017 will likely see an increase in political activism and social unrest approaching levels not seen since the 1960s. Colleges and universities, long the epicenter of many of these movements, will again become the crucible for social… Read More

What I Did on National Adjunct Walkout Day and Why You Should Care

The first ever National Adjunct Walkout Day was this past Wednesday, a day I also happened to be teaching as an adjunct faculty member.  I didn’t walk out of my class, but I did use the first few minutes of class to highlight an issue that I think is important: the benefit-less extremely low pay of adjunct faculty in higher education.  The fast food workers of the ivory tower.  It is a population that, in some reports, takes on up to 70% of the teaching load at U.S. colleges and universities.  A… Read More