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'The American College Town'

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For many students, living in a college town is a key part of their undergraduate experience. And for many faculty members and administrators, living in a college town is a key part of their adult lives. The University of Massachusetts Press is about to publish a scholarly analysis of these locales, The American College Town. Blake Gumprecht, the author and associate professor of geography at the University of New Hampshire, responded to e-mail questions about his new book.

Culture and Decisions in Higher Ed

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Scholar explains themes of his new book on why colleges and universities function as they do.

Vigilante Justice on Plagiarism

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At Texas A&M International, an instructor told students he would fail and publicly humiliate them if they engaged in academic dishonesty. They did and he did -- so the university fired him.

Fieldwork with Three Children

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At annual meeting, anthropologists discuss mothering in, and of, the field.

Racial Gaps in Faculty Job Satisfaction

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Key study for first time features ethnic breakdowns, finding that white and Latino professors hold similar views but that some minority groups are less happy.

The Teaching Paradox

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Women who teach English and other languages are more satisfied with classroom work than other aspects of their jobs, but report shame over pride in areas other than research, survey finds.

'Tricks of the Trade'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Here’s a shocker: The one-night stand may be being replaced by long-term monogamous relationships when it comes to sex at academic conferences. That was among the revelations Tuesday at a panel of the Modern Language Association devoted to conference sex. Well, actually it was devoted to theorizing and analyzing conference sex, although it was probably the only session at the MLA this year in which a panelist appeared in a bathrobe.

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.

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