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Indiana appeals court sides with Purdue Calumet in professor's free speech case

Indiana appeals court sides with Purdue Calumet in professor’s free speech lawsuit.

Tips for effectively pursuing a job search (essay)

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Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis recommends mapping a plan, harnessing technology and finding an accountability buddy.

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Committee Sides With UNC Faculty Critic

A faculty grievance committee at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill determined that administrators there interfered with the scheduling of course on big-time college sports and the rights of athletes, inconsistent with academic freedom, according to The News & Observer. Jay Smith, a professor of history and a critic of the university’s handling of its own academic scandal involving paper classes, accused his dean and others of pressuring his department into not offering his course, first offered in 2016, again this year. Department emails that have been made public suggest the department feared “blowback” from offering the course again, lest it put the campus in a bad light. The paper classes scandal at Chapel Hill didn’t exclusively involve athletes but many were enrolled, and it was a topic in Smith’s class. The course was added to the spring 2018 schedule a few weeks after Smith filed the grievance. The faculty committee concluded that the course aroused “an extraordinary amount of attention” from a dean and former associate dean, and that Smith’s department chair interpreted the attention as pressure to keep the course off the schedule.

“The irregular procedures that had been followed in the scheduling of my class were so outside departmental and college norms that someone had to answer for it, and the committee obviously saw it my way,” Smith reportedly said. Joanne Peters Denny, university spokesperson, declined comment on the individual faculty grievance case, citing state employee privacy laws. In general, she said, the faculty grievance committee "makes recommendations to the appropriate administrative officials who must accept those recommendations for them to be final.” As for academic freedom, Peters Denny said that “Carolina has a steadfast commitment to academic freedom and shared governance, and we respect the grievance rights of all faculty to ensure that these principles are upheld. Under the shared governance model, faculty and administrators must work collaboratively to determine the curriculum and course priorities consistent with the needs of each department, school, the university and our students.”

 
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Challenging assumptions about sexual violence and gender (essay)

Sexual Assault on Campus

Classroom discussions about sexual violence require challenging assumptions about gender, writes Jamie J. Hagen.

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Georgetown Grad Assistants Seek Union Recognition

Graduate assistants at Georgetown University on Wednesday asked the institution to voluntarily recognize them as a labor union affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers. In a letter to campus President John DeGioia, graduate student organizers said they’d reached majority support for unionization and hoped that the university would begin to bargain a contract with them. A number of other private institutions have challenged or signaled that they will challenge graduate assistant unions, following a 2016 decision from the National Labor Relations Board saying that graduate assistants on private campuses are employees, not students, and therefore entitled to collective bargaining. The Georgetown students in their letter cited the university's “just employment policy" saying that workers “have the right to freely associate and organize, and that the university will respect the rights of employees to vote for or against union representation without intimidation, unjust pressure, undue delay or hindrance in accordance with applicable law.” A spokesperson for Georgetown said it is carefully reviewing the request.

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How two institutions are trying to strengthen shared governance

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Neither Penn State nor Johns Hopkins’s Peabody Institute enjoyed particularly strong shared governance within the last decade. Recent reform efforts hold promise.

How to create a strong reappointment, tenure or promotion file

Don Haviland, Anna M. Ortiz and Laura Henriques advise how to create a strong reappointment, tenure or promotion file.

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Inside Digital Learning -- Should Online Instructors Take Online Courses?

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Reasons why faculty members don't collaborate with instructional designers

Only one-fourth of faculty members responding to an Inside Higher Ed survey said they collaborate with designers on online course development. Experts say that low percentage is no surprise.

A new type of hacking puts professors' accounts at risk

Cheap devices, known as keyloggers, are being used by students to steal professors’ passwords on campus and to change grades.

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