Politics

In Search of Self-Governance, Unionization?

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Embattled Faculty Senate at Ohio U. endorses pursuing collective bargaining amid an impasse between professors and administrators.

Grievances About Grievance Procedures

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Professors at U. of Missouri consider whether they can get a fair hearing with an administrator in the room.

Will Khalidi Displace Ayers as McCain's Favorite Prof?

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For a while, it seemed as if no professor could get more attention from the McCain campaign than William Ayers, the Weather Underground leader who became an education scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago and whose brief associations with Sen. Barack Obama have been repeatedly discussed by Republicans this fall.

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.

Defeating Post-Tenure Review

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Maryland faculty kill plan that could have led to pay cuts for a small number of professors, after three years of negative evaluations. Students liked the idea.

A Presidential Critic, Fired

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AAUP finds violations of academic freedom in dismissal of tenured professor who questioned leadership at Stillman College.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

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SAN DIEGO -- You know the stereotypes -- perhaps even believe them. College administrators these days care only for the bottom line. Professors can't decide anything or ever endorse change. When professors become department chairs or deans, they cross over to the "dark side," and forget their old values and friends.

The Mystery of Faculty Priorities

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Does it make economic and public policy sense for professors to spend more time on research? Two scholars review the evidence and find more theories than answers.

Window on College's Troubled Soul

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Habib Sadid has made himself an easy target. For many of his 22 years at Idaho State University, the professor of civil engineering has poked and prodded administrators. He’s run to the newspapers when he thought no one else would listen, espousing claims of rampant “corruption” within the university. In frenzied e-mails, he lambastes his dean as an ineffectual "liar." He’s even filed a lawsuit, alleging retaliation for his years in the loyal opposition.

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