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Writing program association continues to debate access for members with disabilities

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A major writing conference caught flak last year for rejecting panels about disabilities in writing. It's made some changes, but some still aren't satisfied.

How faculty of color can achieve a good work-life balance in academe (essay)

In higher education institutions, faculty of color are professionally and mentally stretched. Dwayne A. Mack provides practical strategies to achieve a better work-life balance and avoid burnout.

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Debate grows over pro-Trump chalkings at Emory

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Backlash is mounting against Emory students who protested pro-Trump chalk messages. University's president is under fire for not dismissing them outright.

Judge eliminates for-profit Decker College's $31 million debt to Education Department

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Federal judge backs finding that an accreditor misled the Education Department about a now-closed for-profit institution, and relieves most of the college's debt.

U of California draft policy on intolerance is modified and moves forward

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U of California alters definitions in proposed statement on intolerance that is attracting considerable scrutiny from faculty members and activists.

Study suggests student affairs officials not influenced by race

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Inspired by findings of bias at the K-12 level, a study sought to see if higher ed officials would impose harsher penalties on hypothetical black students than on white ones.

Two events unsettle Jewish students at Brown University

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Anti-Semitic graffiti appears on house of Jewish fraternity, and lecture canceled after some object to co-sponsorship by Hillel. Events come amid debate over environment for Jewish students nationally.

U of New Mexico Urged to Change 'Racist' Seal

A Native American group called the Red Nation is urging the University of New Mexico to change its official seal, which features a conquistador and a frontiersman. To draw attention to the what those images glorify and ignore in the state's history, the Red Nation added skeletons to the seal and the tag line "What Indians?" and distributed copies of the altered seal on campus. University officials told KRQE News that the seal is rarely used except for graduation diplomas and some official matters, and that changing the seal would require action by the Board of Regents.

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Would-Be Iowa Professor Loses Age Bias Suit

For the second time, a jury found that the University of Iowa didn’t discriminate against an applicant for a faculty position in the College of Law because he was too old, The Gazette reported. Donald Dobkin, an administrative law attorney who is now 62, first sued the university for age discrimination after he was denied a faculty position in 2008. The job went to a younger candidate with what Dobkin said were inferior qualifications, but a jury sided against him in 2012. He was denied a new trial and lost an appeal.

Dobkin launched a second suit that same year, based on a failed second attempt at a faculty job in 2010 (the job went to a 40-year-old, less experienced applicant, according to the most recent suit). Dobkin alleged discrimination based on age and employment, as well as retaliation for the first suit, but a jury sided against him this week. The university said in a statement that it was “pleased with the jury ruling and the recognition that the law school did not discriminate and did not retaliate.” Dobkin could not immediately be reached for comment, according to The Gazette.

The challenges of making structural changes as a contingent faculty member (essay)

The precarity of contingent faculty members limits their ability to make important structural changes in the academy, including responding to student demands for racial justice, writes Michelle Kweder.

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