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Faculty retirement and innovative practices

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Colleges honored for creative approaches to encouraging professors to consider going emeritus.

Honoring a Professor Killed in Tragic Accident

Daniel Strickland, an assistant professor of engineering at Santa Clara University, was tragically killed last fall. A feature in The San Francisco Chronicle details how several recently graduated students are staying on at Santa Clara to try to finish a project Strickland launched with the goal of improving the way power is provided in the developing world.

 

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AAUP censures three Louisiana universities

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Louisiana institutions faulted over faculty rights and layoffs of tenured faculty members.

Reports suggest UVa board wanted president to eliminate language programs

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Virginia board members reportedly were angry that President Teresa Sullivan wouldn't move to cut German and classics programs.

Duquesne University challenges adjunct unionization effort

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Last month, Duquesne signed an agreement with the NLRB for an election to decide if adjuncts could unionize. Now, citing religious concerns, the university wants out

The Humanities at Caltech

A feature in The Los Angeles Times explores the role of the humanities and social sciences at the California Institute of Technology, which this year will see only one person graduate with a major in the humanities and social sciences who does not also have a major in the sciences. While it is rare to major in the humanities, many humanities courses are popular and Caltech requires students to take the equivalent of a humanities or social sciences course each semester. Warren Brown, who teaches medieval history, said: "These kids are going to become scientists, engineers and mathematicians, and they are going to move out into a world that often doesn't understand what they do, doesn't understand why it is important or tries to manipulate what they do for financial or political reasons.... These kids have to know they are moving out into a human society and have to understand how human society works."

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How to tackle incivility among faculty members

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AAUP members discuss fears about colleagues who are less than collegial.

Essay on how to handle classroom discussions on affirmative action

As the Supreme Court gets ready to review the consideration of race in admissions policies, instructors need to think about how to manage discussions of the issue -- both those that are planned and those that are unplanned.

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Should state conferences of the AAUP investigate academic freedom violations

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At AAUP meeting, a debate over whether its national committee is stretched too thin to carry out its duties, and needs help from the states.

New Statements on Ouster of Virginia President

Statements and rumors of all kinds are flying over the decision of the University of Virginia board to oust Teresa Sullivan as president. The decision, announced Sunday, stunned faculty leaders and many others who thought Sullivan was off to a strong start in her nearly two years in office:

  • The Council of Chairs and Directors released a letter blasting the way events have transpired. The letter said that these academic leaders were "very pleased" with Sullivan's "superb" leadership, and that they were stunned by her ouster, and frustrated by the lack of faculty knowledge of the reasons behind the board's action. The letter called for "a full airing" of the issues.
  • A petition is gathering support calling for the board to reverse itself and to keep Sullivan.
  • Helen Dragas, the rector (board chair) released a letter to the faculty in which she said that "the Board of Visitors understands the serious concern and anxiety raised by the announcement of President Sullivan’s agreement to step down. We comprehend how deeply the entire University family feels a sense of loss and distress at what appeared to be an abrupt turn of events." However, citing confidentiality requirements, Dragas said she could not detail the issues that divided Sullivan and the board. She did, however, say that "there was ongoing dialogue with the President over an extended period of time, regarding matters for which we are responsible. These include ensuring the long-term health and well-being of the University through development of a credible statement of strategic direction and a long-term resource plan."

 

 

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