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The Evolving (Eroding?) Faculty Job

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2 leading scholars of the professoriate release book outlining just how dramatically academic work is changing.

Hell No -- He Won't Go

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Professors, what would you do to avoid teaching freshmen? Deans, what would you do to get senior professors teaching what you want them to teach?

A battle of wills at the University of Maryland at College Park -- perhaps soon to escalate into a court battle -- is a good illustration of the kinds of choices faced by colleges and professors when it comes to who will teach what.

Teaching, Research, Service ...

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Texas A&M University will give extra credit in tenure process to professors whose work has commercial applications.

Losing Their Edge?

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Study suggests that Internet may have eliminated link between working at an elite university and doing the best research.

Is Tenure Just Another Form of 'Wages'?

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Instructors who give up tenure as part of early retirement or severance plans must pay Social Security taxes on the payments they receive, a divided federal appeals court ruled last week. Although the court’s ruling came in a case involving public school teachers, it conflicts with another appeals court’s 2001 decision in a case involving professors at North Dakota State University, which may lead the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the issue nationally.

A Whistle Blower's Ouster

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Philip Pergola arrived on the Massasoit Community College campus as a bright-eyed 22-year-old, eager to teach business and constitutional law. July 1 would have marked the tenured professor’s 39th year at the college.

To date, hundreds of students have taken his courses and many faculty members have formed strong relationships with the likable professor. In August 2002, Charles Wall, president of the college, asked him to become the chief financial officer of the institution, to help untangle a few financial messes. He gladly accepted, hoping to strengthen the college he loves. 

Unusual Union Battle

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AFT vows to return collective bargaining for professors at Quinnipiac -- despite legal edge university has as private institution.

Money Back for Texas Professors

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Faculty members at the U. of Texas Medical Branch who were slated for salary cuts may be getting some relief.

Where the Jobs Are

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Data show long-term growth of part-time faculty slots, administrative jobs outpacing instructor posts, and boom in for-profit sector.

Strike at Eastern Michigan

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Professors say that changes proposed for health insurance would wipe out impact of salary increase being offered.

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