In today's Academic Minute, Sam Maglio, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Toronto Scarborough, explains his research on the influence of the way names sound. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
Mark Landis, who until recently taught accounting at San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, has been charged with 15 counts of misdemeanor invasion of privacy for allegedly filming current and former students, and others, using the bathroom in his home, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. A house guest found a camera, set up to film the genital region of males standing at a toilet. Landis reportedly invited students over every weekend. A San Francisco State spokeswoman said that Landis resigned last Friday. A University of San Francisco spokeswoman said that he had been an adjunct there, and that his contract had not been renewed. Landis did not respond to requests for comment.
In today's Academic Minute, Carlos Varela, an associate professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, asks why we aren't adding more intelligence to autopilot systems. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
Non-tenure-track faculty members at Antioch University’s Seattle campus voted overwhelmingly in favor of forming a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, they announced Wednesday. The news came on the heels of decisive defeat of a proposed SEIU union at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis earlier this week. The official count at Antioch was 84 adjuncts in favor and 14 opposed.
Antioch is the third university to hold SEIU adjunct union elections in Washington State, after Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle University (both of which have challenged adjuncts’ right to form a union, based on the colleges’ religious identities). Antioch’s administration has not challenged the union bid there, but Chancellor Felice Nudelman has publicly expressed concern about how a union will affect the university’s ability to work as partners with the faculty.
Nudelman reiterated that sentiment in a statement Wednesday, saying “Antioch has and does operate in a socially and economically just manner without interposing a third party between it and its employees. It is our sincere hope that the university’s ability to solve problems creatively and collaboratively is not diminished by the formation of this union. To that end, we will now begin the process to meet and bargain in good faith with our union colleagues over the terms of a contract.”
Adjuncts at the University of St. Thomas have voted by a large margin, 136 to 84, to reject a unionization bid by the Service Employees International Union, The Star Tribune reported. The campaign at St. Thomas was part of the SEIU's drive to organize adjuncts in various metro areas. The campaign has been winning votes in parts of the country, but appears to have run into difficulties in Minnesota. While adjuncts there at Hamline University voted to unionize, a scheduled vote at Macalester College was called off amid some adjunct skepticism of the union campaign.