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Essay on frustrations of faculty life

Running 'Round the Ivory Tower

Terri E. Givens considers some of the frustrations of faculty life.

University of Oregon faculty takes step toward unionizing

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Organizers say that they have enough support for collective bargaining at another research university.

Judge Orders Chicago State to Reinstate Newspaper Adviser

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Chicago State University to reinstate a former adviser to its student newspaper that the institution fired in 2008 in the wake of a series of critical articles, the Student Press Law Center reported. The judge's decision sided with Gerian Steven Moore, ruling that the public university had violated his First Amendment rights and ordering him to be reinstated to his job as executive director for communications or a similar position. The decision did not go entirely for the plaintiffs, however, as the court ruled against the newspaper's former editor, who had sought action against the former administrators who helped bring about the demise of the Tempo, the student newspaper at the time.
 

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Make your own academic sentence on University of Chicago site

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A University of Chicago sentence-making website celebrates academic writing, and might prompt a chuckle.

Essay on finding a first job in the social sciences

New Ph.D.s in the social sciences enhance their job prospects by thinking beyond their doctoral disciplines, writes Adam Fish.

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Michigan Law Bars Research Assistants From Unionizing

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan on Tuesday signed legislation that classifies research assistants at public universities as students who are ineligible for collective bargaining, The Detroit Free Press reported. Republican legislators and the Republican governor enacted the legislation amid a move to unionize research assistants at the University of Michigan. Union supporters and Democrats have blasted the legislation.

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Academic Minute: Disfluencies and Public Speaking

In today’s Academic Minute, Duane Watson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explains why improving your public speaking skills may not help your audience recall what you had to say. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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Colleges award tenure

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

Alma College

  • Dana Aspinall, English
  • Kathryn Blanchard, religious studies
  • Zhewei Dai, mathematics and computer science
  • Thomas Ealey, business administration
  • Andrew Thall, mathematics and computer science

Lakeland College

LinkedIn on Adjunct Jobs

The social media site LinkedIn has declared college adjunct to be one of the fastest growing job titles in the United States, The Economist reported. The LinkedIn analysis is based on people adding the job title, and is offered as an example of how LinkedIn can analyze labor market trends. Some commenting on the article suggest that LinkedIn may be a better reflection of the population that is job hunting or in need of better work, not the entire labor market. The Economist's comment on adjuncts: "an ill-paid, overworked species of academic."

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Stephen Hawking, Sitcom Star

The hit comedy "Big Bang Theory," about a group of scientists, has had Stephen Hawking plot lines. BBC reported that Hawking has now filmed a cameo that will air on the show next month. In the show, he will interact with Sheldon Cooper, known for being socially awkward.

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