Welcome to your April 2014 Insider Update -- the newsletter for readers of Inside Higher Ed. Once a month we send a quick rundown on what's happening at Inside Higher Ed: events, accomplishments and a bit of fun.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Our most e-mailed story in April started with this provocative sentence: "An analysis of research papers written in first-year composition courses at 15 colleges reveals that many students simply copy chunks of text from the sources they cite without truly grasping the underlying argument, quality or context." Dan Berrett's article filed from the Conference on College Composition and Communication also sparked lots of comments, as did Scott Jaschik's coverage of a Texas budget bill that would require any public college with a student center on "alternative" sexuality to provide equal funding to create new centers to promote "traditional values." But nothing came close to the flood of discussion prompted by Scott's story about an assistant professor who shut the laptop of a student who was allegedly web surfing, as opposed to taking notes during class, and found himself arrested on a charge of battery.
INSIDE HIGHER ED NEWS
OUT AND ABOUT
Rick Plotkin heads to Indianapolis for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Midwest Region conference May 15-17.
Intellectual Affairs columnist Scott McLemee will be delivering a keynote entitled Motives of the Public Intellectual; or, Confessions of an Unlicensed Burkean at the 2011 Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society taking place at Clemson University May 26-28.
Elizabeth Redden will be covering the annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 29-June 3.
Editor Scott Jaschik and Community College Account Manager Daryl Anderson will be in Austin, Texas, May 29-31 for the 35th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence of the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD). They'll be presenting a session titled Hot Issues in Community College Faculty Hiring.
STAFF NEWS: Inside Higher Ed is delighted to welcome John Washington to the staff as our new Administrative Assistant. John is a 2010 graduate of Haverford College with a degree in English. John is a classically trained singer, and in his spare time he participates in various choirs. Visitors to Inside Higher Ed can look forward to meeting John, who's doing a masterful job of managing our front desk and incoming phone lines.
We also say a very fond farewell to Samantha (Sam) Smith who has taken a job at the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a Marketing Associate for Science magazine. Sam joined Inside Higher Ed back in 2008 and has been a friendly, supportive presence for our recruitment advertising clients ever since. We wish her the very best in the new gig. And while Sam is irreplaceable, please share our announcement of an opening for a new recruitment advertising representative with likely candidates.
INSIDE HIGHER ED HELPS ORGANIZE AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE MEDIA. Inside Higher Ed joins University World News, OCUFA/Academic Matters and OISE/University of Toronto as organizers of Worldviews: Media Coverage of Higher Education in the 21st Century, an innovative conference examining the critical role of the media in shaping public understanding of higher education. The conference takes place June 16-18, 2011, at the University of Toronto. Click for more information.
VISITING INSIDE HIGHER ED: Just a reminder that Inside Higher Ed has moved. Our new address is 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036. Last month's visitors included delegations from the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (who braved the untidiness of the first day in our new space), John Cabot University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, the Public Relations Society of America's higher ed group, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Jacksonville University, the Global Business School Network, New Saint Andrew's College, the Wilson Center, McPherson College, the University of Rhode Island and a group of presidents from three universities in Russia. Give us a call at 202-659-9208 or drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to schedule a visit.
The suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay student at Rutgers University, was among the many incidents in the last academic year that prompted renewed attention to the question of whether colleges are welcoming enough to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. On Wednesday, May 25th at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed presents Assuring a Safe Environment for Gay Students, an audio conference featuring Warren Blumenfeld, an education professor at Iowa State University who is a national expert on these issues. He will discuss key policies that encourage a welcoming campus; addressing harassment, bullying and cyberbullying; programs and services that help LGBT students; the role of the local, off-campus community, and much more. The program is ideal for student affairs administrators, EEO/Diversity officers, community relations officers, admissions officers, security and safety officers, and residence life officers. Click here to register or for more information about this low-cost audio conference.
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