Academic Freedom

Academic Freedom
May 08, 2014
Should a history that includes membership in the Symbionese Liberation Army and jail time disqualify one from keeping an adjunct job? Even if the instructor was open about it and received rave teaching reviews?

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July 8, 2013

Eastman Chemical's lawsuit raises issues about academic and corporate research and conflicts of interest.

June 14, 2013

Collegiality is a sticky subject when it comes to personnel decisions. But some argue that a well-defined notion of collegiality could make for better department dynamics in the long run.

June 14, 2013

Leading professors in Middle Eastern studies are stunned by Georgetown scholar's tenure denial. Some blame Middle Eastern politics and others blame the politics of political science.

June 13, 2013

Cary Nelson warns that MOOCs could lead to erosion of faculty members' intellectual property rights.

June 10, 2013

New Russian law requiring NGOs to register as "foreign agents" if they receive funding from foreign sources and are engaged in "political activity" threatens closure of an independent polling agency and raises concerns about climate for scholarly collaborations. 

 

May 29, 2013

Jason Richwine quit Heritage Foundation amid controversy over his Harvard dissertation on race and IQ. Critics are now raising questions about work by a Michigan State physicist and vice president.

February 15, 2013

Is it ever legitimate for an instructor to bar use of a "biased" news source for a class assignment?

February 8, 2013

A university librarian finds himself sued for questioning the quality of an academic press.

January 23, 2013

AAUP's new recommendations for increasing adjuncts' role in governance include job security safeguards.

December 18, 2012

With several high-profile disputes recently settled, and another in litigation, questions arise about university's commitment to diversity and academic freedom, as well as its tenure process.

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