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Not So Fast

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Michigan provost wants to extend pre-tenure period to 10 years -- and faculty senate resoundingly rejects the idea.

Ethos Matters

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Researchers find that institutional identity trumps policy when it comes to whether professors think their institutions value teaching.

'The Heart of Higher Education'

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While many college faculty members and administrators are focused on budget cuts or research agendas, Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc have issued a call to return to what they think matters the most: teaching, and teaching in an "integrative" way that moves past individual disciplines. Their appeal comes in a new book, The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal (Jossey-Bass).

Punching In at Kean U.

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University with a history of tensions with its faculty has started requiring professors to file time sheets.

'Lowering Higher Education'

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With colleges under intense pressure to find new sources of revenue, many are applying business ideas or creating closer ties to corporations. In their new book, Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education (University of Toronto Press), James E. Côté and Anton L.

Flexible Policies, Unchanged Practice

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More medical schools offer better-balanced work-life policies to faculty, new study finds, but few actually use them.

'Stuff Academics Like'

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The blog Stuff White People Like quickly developed a strong following and turned into a book, and then a second, with a faux anthropological look at ... stuff white people like.

The Professor's Night Job

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A former assistant professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., has sued the institution for sex discrimination, alleging that she was fired for performing in an off-campus burlesque act.

(Liberal) Academic Self-Selection

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2 new studies suggest that bias is not the reason professors tend to lean left. But don't expect the debate to end.

Creating Academic 'Dream Teams'

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A fantasy football-style application has been launched that allows ­research managers to compare the performance of their own ­researchers with that of imaginary "dream teams" drawn from other institutions.

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