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Presidential 'Pabulum' and a Professor's Punishment

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The e-mail messages wouldn't have won Donald Steiner any dinner invitations to the president's home.

In one e-mail to a faculty discussion group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Steiner -- a research professor -- responded to a recent message from President Shirley Jackson to the faculty by writing: "Sadly, I found more of the same subterfuge and insulting pabulum."

Realities of Dual Careers

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Survey of top research universities finds 36% of full-time faculty have academic partners, but study doesn't find many formal hiring policies.

Tolerant Faculty, Intolerant Students

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Seeking to respond to critics of perceived lack of intellectual diversity on campuses, Georgia higher ed system conducts statewide survey and finds the problem isn't professors.

Equal Start, Less Equal Progress in Social Sciences

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Women begin post-Ph.D. careers with same success levels as men, but face significant differences in terms of work-family balance, new analysis finds.

AAUP Turns to Scholar of Higher Education

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Faculty group turns to professor who studies professors and their working conditions as its next general secretary. Plus a podcast interview with Gary Rhoades.

'Teach Them to Challenge Authority'

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Stanley Fish may be telling academics to keep their opinions to themselves, but Gregory S. Prince Jr. thinks it is time for colleges to stop trying to make their classrooms neutral. Prince, the former president of Hampshire College, argues for professors to take all kinds of positions -- as a tool for challenging their students.

Don't Think of Dropping In on Your President

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Lizabeth Barclay was just trying to do her job.

Will Professors Delay Retirements?

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Plenty are seeing their funds shrink amid Wall Street's woes. While that's not unique to higher ed, academe may face particular challenges if more faculty hold off on going emeritus.

New Questions on Women, Academe and Careers

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Top scholars gather to share research findings and works in progress that explore why gender gaps persist in the professoriate and other prestigious jobs on campuses.

2 Wins for Illinois Professors

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University affirms that they can wear buttons and attend rallies, and ends talks that some feared would create the next Hoover Institution.

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