The University of Colorado at Boulder has suspended and barred from campus Dan Kaufman, an associate professor of philosophy, without saying publicly why, The Daily Camerareported. Kaufman declined to comment. In January, the university announced plans to reform the philosophy department, which an outside report found to be highly dysfunctional, but there was no indication of whether Friday's news was related to the plans announced in January.
In today’s Academic Minute, Chad Jensen, associate professor at Brigham Young University, suggests that the type of teasing a child may experience can have some very specific results. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
Georgia Tech is moving to fire Jochen Teizer, an associate professor of construction engineering, over allegations that he forced students to pay him money -- a total of about $20,000 - that was intended for their stipends, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The university has said that it will reimburse the students for the funds paid to Teizer, who could not be reached for comment. WSBTV News reported that the students were graduate students from Asia whom Teizer supervised, and that not all of them were fluent in English.
Felician College, in New Jersey, has announced that the college will not renew the contracts of 16 faculty members at the end of the academic year, NorthJersey.com reported. Felician does not have tenure. The cuts are due to falling enrollment. Felician's enrollment is 2,000, down from 2,400 in 2010.
A former assistant professor of Spanish at Missouri State University has been charged with taking semi-nude photos of men in locker rooms on campus, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Eduardo Acuna-Zumbado was reportedly seen taking photos in January and additional photos were later found on his cell phone. Acuna-Zumbado was a member of the faculty from 2008 through Monday. A university lawyer declined to comment on the circumstances of his departure. Acuna-Zumbado could not immediately be reached for comment.
Students at Alamo Colleges in San Antonio will have to take an academic success course based in part on the popular self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, MySanAntonio.com reported. The course, backed by Chancellor Bruce Leslie, had been controversial among faculty because it will replace one of just two humanities courses in the core curriculum. Faculty at Northwest Vista College were particularly vocal in their opposition, writing a letter to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board asking it not to approve the course as part of the core. But the board approved the course this week. Viviane Marioneaux, president of the Faculty Senate at Northwest Vista, said the course had not gone through the typical faculty vetting process and compared what she said was a "course-centered," versus student-centered approach to the core, to "riding a horse backward." Leslie has said that students come to college underprepared and need explicit instruction on how to "do" college and prepare for the working world.
In today's Academic Minute, Robert Goldstone, professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University, explains that those who copy others' ideas play a crucial role in the overall creative process. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.