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The Second Shift in Academic Medicine

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Study points to unequal home patterns and lack of flexible work options as possible explanation for the departure of women from medical school faculties.

Ignorance About 'Stop the Clock' Policies

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The best of colleges' "family friendly" policies may be profoundly unfriendly if you tell new parents about them, but not other key people -- such as those who evaluate those new parents for tenure.

Faculty Pay 'by Applause Meter'

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It's not like professors to think that they are so well compensated that it's not worth hoping for a $10,000 bonus. But out of more than 2,000 faculty members at Texas A&M University's main campus, only about 300 have agreed to vie for a bonus being offered for their teaching -- and all they would need to do is have a survey distributed to their students.

Rejecting the Academic Fast Track

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Graduate students increasingly care about a "family friendly" work environment -- and doubt they can find one at a research university, survey finds.

'I Am Less Patient and Dress Better'

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SEATTLE -- Stories abound in higher education about professors with short memories about faculty life once they are promoted into the dean's office or the administration building. Nothing is more galling to many professors than the sense that Dean Jones or Vice Provost Smith really should know better -- they were so nice, after all, when they had the (smaller) office next door and shared teaching duties.

When Are Cancer Cases More Than Coincidence?

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Eight women who work in literature building at UC San Diego have had breast cancer since 2000. Two died. Walkout planned to demand action against "cluster" in facility university insists is safe.

One Too Many

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As the University of Florida struggles with budget cuts, a professor is challenging a decision to increase her teaching load to three courses a year.

The 'Black Box' of Peer Review

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Countless decisions in academe are based on the quest for excellence. Which professors to hire and promote. Which grants to fund. Which projects to pursue. Everyone wants to promote excellence. But what if academe actually doesn’t know what excellence is?

Shifting Faculty Mission

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Survey finds significant three-year growth in percentage of professors who see their role as encouraging understanding of diversity and promoting service.

'The Knowledge-Politics Problem'

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In the ongoing debates over professors’ politics, right-wing critics make much of the fact that many surveys have found professors -- especially in the humanities -- to be well to the left of the American public. This political incongruence is frequently used as a jumping off point to suggest that professors are indoctrinating students with leftist ideas.

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