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A tenure-track professor explains why she left academe to join a tech company (opinion)

Chandra Y. Osborn explains why she walked away from a position at a prestigious university to join a tech start-up -- and what she learned about academic research along the way.

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Author discusses new book on intellectual history and open access

Author discusses his new book, which combines intellectual history with a case for open access.

Universal design for learning arrives on campus with concerted grassroots effort

With the help of a few committed advocates, one institution offers a road map for others to embrace an approach to making learning accessible for all.

Rewrite of Higher Education Act revives debate over legal definitions of distance education

As lawmakers rewrite the Higher Education Act, experts on digital learning hope they resolve longstanding ambiguities and maintain key safeguards.

Conferences should be more family friendly for women scholars with children (opinion)

Few institutions and associations have considered the particular hurdles conference participation presents for women scholars with children, argue Angela L. Bos, Jennie Sweet-Cushman and Monica Schneider.

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Professor Charged With Harassment Sues William & Mary

A former longtime professor of government at the College of William & Mary who resigned after he was charged with harassment is suing the institution, alleging that it prevented him from speaking out about student mental health, the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily reported. The professor, David Dessler, was arrested four times for harassment by computer from 2016-17, and sent his chair, a college attorney and others emails containing threats and “vulgar and obscene language,” according to campus police. He was reportedly on medical leave at the time and barred from contacting campus employees. All but one of the charges were later dropped. Dessler is still not allowed on campus based on the terms of the last -- deferred -- charge.

Dessler’s complaint says that William & Mary “quarantined” him like it would a “violent criminal” during his leave, and that the college failed to provide reasonable accommodation for Dessler’s depression diagnosis under the Americans With Disabilities Act. He also alleges that his First Amendment rights were violated and that he was not granted due process before he was declared an “inactive” employee. He retained his tenure until he resigned but says he was effectively terminated.

William & Mary declined immediate comment on the lawsuit but said Dessler filed a similar complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found no evidence of discrimination or retaliation. A spokesperson told the Daily that the matter is “a complex one involving both legal and personnel issues. The underlying mental health condition involved has been detailed and documented on several occasions in court. We are confident the university has acted appropriately and compassionately.”

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Colleges award tenure

Cabrini University

  • Dawn Francis, communication
  • Michelle Szpara, graduate education

Colby College

  • Dean Allbritton, Spanish
  • David Angelini, biology
  • Travis Reynolds, environmental studies

Middlebury College

Scholar sets off Twitter furor by critiquing a book he hasn't read

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Scholar at respected professional organization sets off Twitter furor by questioning new book on technology and discrimination that he later admitted he hadn't read. 

We shouldn't accept the idea that financial ruin is the norm for humanities Ph.D.s (opinion)

Why do academics accept and perpetuate the idea, asks Jessica Estep, that financial ruin should be the norm for humanities Ph.D.s?

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Tips for clear and professional electronic communication on the job (opinion)

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Natalie Lundsteen offers some basic tips to help you have clear and confident electronic communication.

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