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Conservative Scholar Denied New Trial in Bias Suit

A federal judge has denied a retrial to Teresa Wagner, the conservative scholar whose political bias claims against the University of Iowa were rejected last year by a jury, The Des Moines Register reported. Wagner said she was denied a job at the law school at Iowa because of her politics, and the jury rejected one claim and deadlocked over another. A judge on Friday rejected her request for a new trial and also dismissed the claim on which the jury couldn't reach a verdict. The university denied the claims.

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A poem inspired by MOOCs

(with apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

There was a giant MOOC, based on a little book
when MOOC hype was trending torrid,
And when MOOCS were good, they were very, very good,
But when they were bad they were horrid.

Profs stood on their heads, "students" watching from bed,
With nobody by for to hinder;
Peer-graded squalor, plagiarized in the hollers,
And drummed all their palms against Winders.

Foundations heard the noise, and thought it was the boys
playing Coursera and edX,
They funded and Ventured noncredit adventures,
While we all suffer the headX.

Sherman Dorn is professor and chair in the department of psychological and social foundations at the University of South Florida College of Education.

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How a Professor Ended Up Facing Drug Charges in Argentina

How did a physics professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill end up in an Argentine jail on drug charges? An article in The New York Times describes how Paul Frampton found what he thought was a love interest online, how she lured him to Latin America and -- without meeting him in person -- convinced him to take a suitcase of hers, one that ended up containing illegal drugs.

 

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Liberal arts instructors rally around interdisciplinary studies after tenure denials

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Professors worry about falling rate of tenure success at the University of Texas at Austin.

Essay on the role of flying in helping a junior professor win tenure

Jane Haladay reflects on productivity gained when flying -- and the distractions that complicate life on the ground.

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New Jersey community colleges to launch Web portal to hire, train adjuncts

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As New Jersey's community colleges finalize an electronic repository of adjuncts, instructors off the tenure track are pushing back against a system they fear could be used to exploit them.

Educators consider struggles of the humanities worldwide

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Budget cuts? Politicians questioning disciplines' "relevance"? It's not just the U.S. But at international education gathering, a business school offers hope to those who value literature and history.

MOOCs prompt some faculty members to refresh teaching styles

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Massive open online courses prompt some faculty to take a fresh look at their approaches in the classroom.

Colleges award tenure

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges and universities:

Albright College

  • Kate Lehman, English

Bowdoin College

  • Sarah Conly, philosophy
  • Mark Foster, English
  • Doris Santoro, education
  • Jill Smith, German

Denison University

Mellen Drops Suit Against Librarian

Edwin Mellen Press is dropping a wildly unpopular libel lawsuit against a university librarian, CBC News reported. Mellen sued Dale Askey, associate university librarian at McMaster University in Ontario, where he’s been working since 2011, over a blog post he wrote in August 2010, when he was at Kansas State University, that was highly critical of Mellen. The press says that it wants to focus on its authors and books and so is dropping the suit. Many scholarly and library groups were furious about the lawsuit and criticized Mellen for filing it.

 

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