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Vanderbilt Rising

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University recruits Houston Baker and Hortense Spillers -- stars in black literary studies -- as part of major faculty hiring drive.

The J-School Boom

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Despite tight job market, colleges add journalism programs -- many designed as much for those who consume news as those who produce it.

Drew Rethinks Doctorates

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N.J. university suspends admissions to English and history programs, raising questions about programs' future.

'Death of a Department Chair'

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Isabel Vittorio, who, as a department chair at the fictional Austin University, had variously “been described as narcissistic, charismatic, brilliant, and opportunistic” was found slumped over her desk in the Department of Literature and Rhetoric early on a Monday morning, her neck broken. What ensues as the murder investigation unfolds is a peek inside what author Lynn C. Miller called the closed, “wonderful dysfunctional family template” of a humanities department.

Rethinking Tenure -- and Much More

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MLA's new analysis has potentially dramatic implications for graduate education, hiring, promotion, scholarship, publishing and technology.

Evolving Language Job Market

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Outlook for English positions holds steady, while in foreign languages, Spanish loses some of its dominance.

Stanford's New Grants for the Humanities

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Winning research support is tough for faculty members in all disciplines -- and makes or breaks careers, especially at research universities. For those in the sciences, competition from many federal agencies has grown more intense in recent years, but there are still billions given out annually and even relatively junior professors can hope to land grants of significant size.

Race and Careers

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English and language professors consider how who they are affects their jobs -- and who gets hired for which positions.

Academic Fashions Aren't Just Sartorial

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At last year's annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Elisabeth Ladenson found herself in discussion with a bus dispatcher while waiting for a shuttle. "You all have that look," the dispatcher told Ladenson, an associate professor of French at Columbia University.

Rallying and Quibbling on Tenure Plan

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MLA proposal to change how professors are hired and promoted draws generally strong support -- and some objections on details.

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