Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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March 19, 2019
Survey of economics association members finds 48 percent of women have been discriminated against on the basis of sex within the last 10 years. Findings on nonwhite, disabled and LGBTQ economists are concerning, too. What will the association do about it?
March 19, 2019
The University of Akron will offer to buy out 47 percent of its faculty, according to The deal is 100 percent of 2019-20 base bay, paid out in two installments, with a separation date of May 2020.
March 19, 2019
Santa Clara County may require Stanford University to nearly quadruple its planned number of employee housing units to secure permission for a campus expansion, The Almanac reported. Stanford wants to build up to 2.3 million square feet of new academic space, 2,600 student beds and 550 units of housing for faculty and staff members.
March 18, 2019
Academics oppose proposed legislation to survey student and faculty political beliefs at public universities.
March 18, 2019
Adjunct professors at Elon University voted to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, 112 to 68, the News & Record reported. Elon said in a statement that it’s “gathering further information about the results and process of the election and will soon make a decision on next steps.”
March 18, 2019
Federal investigators say Frank Segui of New York planned to travel to Michigan to kill a professor for whom he once worked as a research assistant, according to the Associated Press. Segui was arrested last month before boarding a bus to Detroit, allegedly to buy an ax and murder the unnamed professor, whom he blamed for his inability to find a job. He appeared in federal court last week on charges of stalking and sending threatening communications.
March 18, 2019
Post-St. Patrick's Day will be business as usual at the University of Dayton, which advised its professors not to cancel classes today and to “set high expectations for class attendance,” such as by scheduling quizzes or tests during class time -- and warning students to be sober.
March 15, 2019
Popular alternative-academic career platform was bought last year by the foundation behind the recently uncovered undergraduate admissions scheme.
March 15, 2019
The University of Missouri System this week released new guidelines for hiring non-tenure-track research and teaching professors who have served five years or more, saying that these faculty members must be given one year’s notice if they won’t be rehired. Previously, the standard was three months’ notice. Research and teaching professors who have been working at their institutions for two to five consecutive years will now be given six months’ warning. Clinical and professional non-tenure-track professors are not included in the policy change.
March 15, 2019
The Westfield State University chapter of the Massachusetts State College Association, the campus faculty and librarians union, voted no confidence in Ramon S. Torrecilha, university president, they announced this week. The union said that 211 of 219 voters had no confidence in Torrecilha’s “leadership skills and fiscal stewardship of the institution.” Most full-time faculty members participated in the vote, along with some part-timers.


January 7, 2019
Racist comments directed at a scholar at a disciplinary meeting floor classicists in the room. Some see it as a major setback for a historically exclusionary field that is trying hard to change.
February 26, 2015
Large-scale walkouts were few during National Adjunct Walkout Day, but dozens of campuses saw protests. Organizers say events brought new attention to poor wages and working conditions for those off the tenure track.
January 2, 2014
Judge upholds new Florida rules that would link evaluation of professors to such factors as learning gains and job placement.  
October 25, 2013
Oct. 25, 2013 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers explored the views of chief human resources officers on wellness-related penalties, adjuncts and health care, and ignorance about retirement, among other topics. The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On Nov. 13, Inside Higher Ed conducted a free webinar to discuss the results of the survey. Editor Doug Lederman and Sabrina Ellis of George Washington University analyzed the findings and answered readers' questions. To view the webinar, please click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of chief HR officers was made possible in part by advertising from TIAA-CREF.
November 20, 2012
At one community college, the national health-care law would have assured adjuncts access to health insurance, but the institution is cutting their hours to avoid the requirement.
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