Essay on how to deal with conflict when working in academe


An important career skill is knowing when to avoid a disagreement and when to stand your ground, and the dividing line is particularly challenging for those without tenure, writes Nate Kreuter.

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Adjuncts at U. of St. Thomas Reject Union

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.


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Faculty members at Upper Iowa U. say they lost jobs for questioning curricular changes

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Terminated tenure-track faculty members at Upper Iowa University say they were punished for voicing their concerns about proposed curricular changes.

Higher education urged to play more of a role in Common Core

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Colleges and universities need to get involved in the the rollout of the Common Core curriculum, argues a new paper from the New America Foundation.


Colleges award tenure

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges and universities:

Adams State University

  • Sheryl Abeyta, business
  • Anicia Alvarez, teacher education
  • Comfort Cover, information systems
  • Kristy Duran, biology and earth sciences
  • Jeff Elison, psychology
  • Pat Robbins, business

California Lutheran University

Tensions at Pasadena City College

Tensions continue to grow between faculty members at Pasadena City College and President Mark W. Rocha, The Los Angeles Times reported. Rocha says he is making necessary changes to deal with financial challenges. But faculty members say he doesn't consult with them, resulting in flawed decisions. Faculty members are considering their third vote of no confidence in Rocha.

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Colleges assign adjunct hiring to a third party

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Michigan colleges are assigning the hiring and payment of adjuncts to a third-party company. Administrators say it's a win-win, but adjunct advocates say it's a worrisome trend.

Study: MOOC content in traditional courses is viable, if inflexible

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A report on MOOCs in Maryland classrooms delivers encouraging results, but faculty members say shaping a course around another instructor's content can be tricky.

Ethnic studies group backs Israel boycott

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Another disciplinary organization endorses call for end of ties to all Israeli academic institutions.

Victims From Academe on Downed Flight

Over the weekend more information has come out about some of the researchers, faculty members and students who were on the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine. Here are links to obituaries or other information:

  • Joep Lange has been widely hailed as a leading AIDS researcher. He was headed to the 20th International AIDS Conference, in Australia. Lange was executive scientific director of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.
  • Karlijn Keijzer, a Dutch citizen, was a doctoral student in chemistry at Indiana University at Bloomington.
  • Quinn Schansman, the only American citizen on the flight, was studying at the International Business School at Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
  • Three members of the Witteveen family, all with ties to Tilburg University, in the Netherlands, were on the flight. Killed were Willem Witteveen, professor of legal theory and rhetoric; his wife Lidwien Heerkes, who was formerly associated with the Tilburg School of Humanities; and their daughter, Marit Witteveen, a student at the Tilburg School of Humanities.
  • Andrei Anghel, a Canadian citizen, who was a student at Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, in Romania.
  • Ithamar Avnon, an international student at Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia, was among those killed. The university said he was in the second year of a bachelor's program in business.




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