Faculty

'Institutionalizing' Interdisciplinary Research

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As interest in interdisciplinary research continues to increase, colleges still don’t have answers to critical questions about the best ways to support and encourage collaboration across the disciplines. How can a department fairly evaluate interdisciplinary research in promotion and tenure decisions, for example? How can an institution raise money for interdisciplinary endeavors within a system designed to fund raise for individual schools and colleges?

Peer Review in Peril?

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New study cites "decline of peer review" as primary factor for decreased representation of top economics departments in major journals.

Concern Over Housing Costs

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Graduate students at UC-Berkeley say they are being priced out of units set aside by the university for families.

Affirming Professors' Role or Denigrating It?

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At a time that many professors fear that administrators don't value tenure, the headline on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Web site seems like something that would draw applause: "Rensselaer to Review Faculty Governance to Strengthen Role of Tenured, Tenure-Track Faculty."

Navigating the Mammoth University

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U. of Minnesota expands its orientation for new faculty members from 2 hours to 3 days, and gets rave reviews.

Bargaining for More Tenure-Track Lines

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Rutgers agreement with faculty union pledges to create at least 100 new permanent faculty jobs over next 4 years.

Finkelstein and DePaul Settle

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Controversial professor resigns and both sides issue conciliatory statements, but many believe academic freedom issues will outlast tenure dispute.

A Prominent Public Targets Faculty Retention

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UC Berkeley receives a $113 million gift to help keep some of its top professors from raids by private universities -- and stem a problem facing many of its peers.

The Public (Non-Salary) Advantage

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In competition for faculty talent, private higher ed wins bidding wars, but new study suggests that on key employment policies, state institutions have the edge.

Stumbling Upon Secure Data

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Journalism adviser at Western Oregon University loses her job for how student newspaper staffers responded after finding file full of Social Security numbers -- on a public server.

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