Student art exhibit at Penn prompts fierce debate over suicide

University of Pennsylvania student’s project has been criticized for capitalizing on the campus’s grief.

History professors receive suspicious email, suspect right-wing campaign

Email, supposedly from high school student, to history professors across the country raises suspicions of a right-wing gotcha campaign against “liberal professors.”

Professor Apparently Demoted to Lecturer After Losing Ph.D.

Jodi Whitaker, a scholar of communication whose Ph.D. was revoked in August, has apparently been demoted from assistant professor at the University of Arizona, Retraction Watch first reported. Whitaker’s faculty bio at Arizona, which formerly listed her as a tenure-track professor, now says she is a lecturer. References to her doctorate, which Ohio State University revoked this summer after an investigation into claims of falsified data, also have been removed -- as have references to a contested and eventually retracted paper on the real-world effects of violent video games.

Whitaker co-wrote the retracted paper at Ohio State with her supervisor there, who said he was not aware of any inappropriate data manipulation. Whitaker did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Arizona has said it does not comment on personnel matters.

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White House Seeks Investigation Into UNLV Professor

An assistant professor of history at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has apologized for blaming President Trump for the recent shooting massacre in the city after a student secretly recorded her comments and shared them with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In the video, Tessa Winkelmann tells an upper-level class that when Trump was elected, she told students “that some of us won’t be affected by this presidency, but others are going to die.” Winkelmann says that Trump has “threatened to declare violence against North Korea and other places” and that “words, especially if they’re coming from someone who is the president, have consequences.” She adds, “I don’t know that these events would have inevitably happened whether or not he got elected, but he has rhetorical powers; every president has to encourage or to discourage [violence]. So far all he’s done is to encourage violence.”

The anonymous student who shared with video with the newspaper reportedly said classmates began arguing the point with one another. The Review-Journal quotes Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, as saying that Winkelmann “should be ashamed of herself, and the university should look into it. What a terrible example to set for students.”

Winkelmann told the newspaper that last week was “very difficult for members of our community, and we have allowed students space in our classes to discuss how they have been affected and to openly convey their feelings.” She added via email, “I regret that my comments caused more pain during this difficult time. Emotions were running high and I wish I would have been more thoughtful in how I directed the conversation.”

Tony Allen, university spokesperson, in a statement called Winkelmann’s comments insensitive but did not address the possibility of disciplinary action against her.

“While we respect academic freedom in the classroom and the right to free speech, we believe the comments were insensitive, especially given the series of events this week and the healing process that has begun in the community.”

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Chicago Professor Wins Nobel in Economics

Nobel Prize medalRichard H. Thaler was named this morning the winner of the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. Thaler, a professor at the business school of the University of Chicago, was honored "for his contributions to behavioral economics."

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Study links student cheating to whether a course is popular or disliked

Research finds that traditional predictors of whether a student will cheat lose their value if a student dislikes the course.

Union Hopes Dashed, Minnesota Professors Try New Strategy

Faculty organizers at the University of Minnesota at the Twin Cities are backing away from their formal unionization goal and instead forming a “workers' association,” the Star Tribune reported. Tenure-track and tenured professors and adjuncts in support of unionization had wanted to form a joint union, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled last month that they could not do so. That negated an earlier decision from state mediators saying that campus adjuncts now have enough in common with tenure-line professors to bargain collectively alongside them. Rather than appeal the state court’s decision, however, Minnesota Academics United said this week that it will lobby for better working conditions not as a union but as a workers' association. The group is affiliated with Service Employees International Union.

Amy Livingston, a senior lecturer in business at Minnesota, told the Star Tribune, “We actually think that there could be a path forward to unionization in the future.” In the interim, she added, “we’re not going to wait for a union or some legal process to play out.” While they lack the legal standing of unions, Livingston said, associations can organize protests and public pressure campaigns to push the university for changes in faculty working conditions.

Kathy Brown, the university's vice president of human resources, said in a statement to professors that she looks “forward to partnering with you to continue to enhance our workplace so we can help the university achieve its important mission.”

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Former CUNY official on her book about the Pathways program

Alexandra Logue, the City University of New York’s former chief academic officer, discusses her new book on Pathways, the system’s ambitious and controversial credit transfer program.

How to survive the dissertation process (essay)

Justus H. Hunter provides tips for successfully surviving the dissertation process.

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Colleges award tenure

Naval Postgraduate School

  • Mie Augier, business and public policy
  • Kathryn Aten, business and public policy
  • Naazneen Barma, national security
  • Jesse Cunha, business and public policy
  • Latika Hartmann, business and public policy
  • Bradley Strawser, defense analysis
  • Ryan Sullivan, business and public policy
  • Preetha Thulasiraman, electrical and computer engineering

University of Hawaii at Hilo


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