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Psy draws a crowd in the classroom

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More students are enrolling in Korean studies or language courses, spurred by interest in pop culture.

 

AAUP asserts that instructors should control classroom curricular decisions

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When it comes to course content, individual instructors -- including adjuncts -- should call the shots, even in multisection courses, AAUP says in a new statement.

Academic Minute: Wood Fuel and Carbon Emissions

In today’s Academic Minute, Andrew Friedland of Dartmouth College explains why wood fuel isn’t necessarily the greenest option. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Academic Minute: History of Municipal Water

In today’s Academic Minute, John Broich of Case Western Reserve University explores the contentious history of the municipal water supply. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Academic Minute: Blight Resistant Trees

In today’s Academic Minute, William Powell of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry explains how genetic modification can save trees from blight. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Adjuncts Launch Union Bids at 2 Southern California Colleges

Adjuncts at Whittier College and the University of La Verne, both in Southern California, have filed for a union election with the Service Employees International Union as part of its Adjunct Action project. The national campaign aims to organize adjuncts across metro areas and regionally. “There has been a real need to address the inequities that adjunct faculty face for a long time,” said Fatima Suarez, an adjunct professor of anthropology and sociology at La Verne, said in a news release announcing the union bids, filed with National Labor Relations Board. “We are excited for the opportunity to form a union and win a real voice and a better future for ourselves and our students.” Adjunct Action has seen traction in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where adjuncts at institutions including American and George Washington Universities have voted recently to unionize. In Boston, Tufts University adjuncts voted to unionize this fall, while a Bentley University effort was voted down.

La Verne and Whittier are expected to announce by the end of the week whether they will challenge the bids, according to SEIU. The colleges did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Anderson U. Ends French, Theater, Philosophy Majors

Anderson University, a private Christian institution in Indiana, has announced that it will eliminate its French, philosophy and theater majors as part of a plan to deal with financial shortfalls, The Herald Bulletin reported. A total of 16 faculty and staff positions will be eliminated as a result of those and other changes.

 

Academic Minute: String Theory

In today’s Academic Minute, Ali Nayeri of Chapman University discusses the explanatory power of string theory cosmology. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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Essay on the cover letter for academic jobs

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Every paragraph has a purpose, writes Cheryl E. Ball.

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Education research association releases recommendations on evaluating faculty members -- on and off the tenure track

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Ed schools need to update how they evaluate professors who are up for tenure or promotion, and they need to pay more attention to the conditions of adjuncts, say two new reports.

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