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A day for adjuncts

In case you didn’t know, today is National Adjunct Walkout Day.  If you need to catch up, here’s a good piece from Democracy Now.  For some more background, check out this recent piece from Inside Higher Ed.  It’s a good day to think about all those adjuncts, lecturers, part-timers and other contingent workers in academia–and what … Continue reading A day for adjuncts ?

Why College Instructors Are Staging a Walkout

Adjunct instructors struggle with lower pay and far less job security than their tenured counterparts, and today, they plan to take a stand against it: It's National Adjunct Walkout Day, Inside Higher Ed reports. The walkout was conceived by an anonymous adjunct at San Jose State University in October, the...

Yale Professors Oppose Proposed Standards of Faculty Conduct

Inside Higher Ed, Yale Professors Object to Vague New Faculty Conduct Policy: Is a professor sending out a late recommendation letter for a student as bad as one who commits academic misconduct or, say, sexually harasses a colleague? And shouldn’t staff and administrators be held to the same ethical standards...

North Carolina Board of Governors Committee Votes to Close Law School Poverty Center Founded by John Edwards

Inside Higher Ed, Who Is Being Political?: There is wide agreement in North Carolina that Gene Nichol is an articulate and forceful advocate for the impoverished of his state, unafraid to criticize political leaders who in his opinion aren't doing enough about poverty. Nichol does so from an academic perch....

Marquette U moves to fire prof who blogged about teaching assistant stifling gay marriage debate

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Marquette University announced that it has initiated proceedings to revoke the tenure of and fire a conservative professor for a blog post he wrote about a graduate teaching assistant, Inside Higher Ed‘s Scott Jaschik reports. On Novermber 9, 1014, Professor John McAdams composed a post in...

Marquette to Fire Tenured Professor for His Blogging

Following up on my previous post, Marquette Suspends Tenured Professor for Blogging, Orders Him Off Campus: Inside Higher Ed, Firing a Faculty Blogger: A controversial professor on Wednesday revealed that Marquette University is trying to revoke his tenure and fire him for statements he made about a graduate instructor, with...

Charitable Donations to Colleges Reached All-Time High in 2014 ($38 Billion)

Inside Higher Ed, Deep-Pocket Donors: Charitable donations to colleges reached an all-time high of nearly $38 billion last year, according to an annual survey released today by the Council for Aid to Education. Donors increased the amount they gave colleges in 2014 by 10.8 percent, up from $33.8 billion in...

80% of Provosts Favor Civility as Factor in Faculty Hiring and Tenure Decisions

Inside Higher Ed, 2015 Survey of Chief Academic Officers: A majority of provosts are concerned about declining faculty civility in American higher education. And a large majority of provosts believe that civility is a legitimate criterion in hiring and evaluating faculty members. Generally, the provosts are confident that faculty members...

Lowering the Bar: Law Schools Are Increasingly Admitting Students Who Are Unlikely to Pass the Bar Exam

Inside Higher Ed, Lowering the Bar: As the number of students going to law school drops dramatically, law schools are increasingly competing for students with lower undergraduate grades and LSAT scores. Thomas M. Cooley Law School – the largest law school in the country – is known for admitting students...

Evening Report for January 15, 2015

A for-profit college investor takes a controlling stake in the Inside Higher Ed website. “A built-in conflict is unavoidable,” notes one observer. (huffingtonpost.com) Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times is selling its downtown St. Petersburg offices to pay off a $28 million loan. Show More Summary

Rosy Job Scenario for Econ Profs

Inside Higher Ed, Econ Jobs Are Up: The start of the calendar year is a big time for gatherings of academics, and reports about the state of the job markets in various disciplines. New data on economists continue a trend of better news for the social sciences than for the...

Marquette Suspends Tenured Professor for Blogging, Orders Him Off Campus

Inside Higher Ed, Suspended for Blogging: Marquette University has suspended with pay and barred from campus the tenured professor who criticized a graduate student instructor in a personal blog, pending an investigation into his conduct. John McAdams, an associate professor of political science at Marquette, last month wrote a controversial...

The Medical School as Hereditary Plutocracy - Retiring Board Chair Sanford Weill of Cornell Weill Medical School Names His Own Daughter as New Chair

As I have written before, sometimes you just could not have made this stuff up.The Retiring Board Chairman Appoints His Own Daughter to Succeed Him The most even handed reporting on this story was in Inside Higher Ed,Leadership of the...Show More Summary

Ph.D.s Rising, Jobs Falling

Inside Higher Ed, Doctorates Up, Career Prospects Not: Universities are awarding doctoral degrees at an accelerating pace, despite the fact that the career prospects of those who receive their Ph.D.s appear to be worsening.... American universities awarded 52,760 doctorates in 2013, up 3.5 percent from nearly 50,977 in 2012...

Gender Bias in Student Evaluations of Professors: Yeah, We Knew That

Gender Bias in Student Evaluations of Professors: Yeah, We Knew That From Inside Higher Ed, this report about a new study involving gender bias in student evaluations of their professors: College students’ assessments of their instructors’...Show More Summary

Closing The Law School Gender Gap: 'Gender Inequality In Grading Is Sensitive to Pedagogy'

Inside Higher Ed, Closing the Law School Gender Gap: Reducing class size and shaking up grading systems could help close the gender gap in professional schools, suggests new research in the Journal of Legal Studies [A Natural Experiment in Law]. Authors Daniel Ho and [Vice Dean] Mark Kelman, both professors...

English professor suspended 9 months for unfriendly body language, sighing, and using irony

4 months agoNews : The Raw Story

An English professor who was suspended for sighing, unfriendly body language, and using irony was reinstated after the administration’s charges against him were dropped, Inside Higher Ed reports. The head of the University of Warwick’s English department, Catherine Bates, had accused...

Should Law Schools Consolidate Multiple Sections of a Course to Save Money, Free Up Faculty Time?

Inside Higher Ed, A New Metric: It’s hard to raise much excitement over a chart, but a recent one that breaks down how colleges can reduce the number of sections they teach and reduce faculty time while educating the same number of students might be getting there. But not all...

U.S. News to Issue Global University Rankings

Inside Higher Ed, 'U.S. News' to Issue New Global University Rankings: U.S. News and World Report has announced that it will release its first global ranking of universities on Oct. 28. U.S. News plans to publish a global ranking of the top 500 universities across 49 countries, as well as...

Do Professors Have a Right to Be Told Why They Have Been Denied Tenure?

Inside Higher Ed, Right to Know Why Not: Some 28 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, $1.4 million in research funding and strong evaluations along the way – but still no tenure. The only thing more disturbing to Dylan Kesler, an assistant professor of wildlife sciences at the University of Missouri at...

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