Teaching assistants at the University of Toronto went on strike last week, preventing some sections from being taught. The main point of disagreement is over compensation. The university and the union late last week each issued open letters outlining their views of the conflict.
Florida State University has rescinded a visiting professor job offer to Travis Pratt, who was fired last year by Arizona State University for a romantic relationship with a graduate student, The Tallahassee Democrat reported. The action came the day after the newspaper asked the university if it was aware of why Pratt had left Arizona State. Florida State officials said that Pratt's job offer had been contingent on a background check. An e-mail sent to the newspaper by Florida State said: "Travis Pratt is not an employee of Florida State University and will not be. His employment offer was contingent upon the completion of a full background check. That review provided new information to the university that revealed a more complete account of his employment record and cause for termination at Arizona State University in 2014.” Pratt declined to comment.
Leah Griesmann, who came up with the idea for National Adjunct Walkout Day, isn't hiding her identity anymore. So what does she think about last week's protests, and about what's next for adjunct activism?
Kalamazoo College has heightened security after someone anonymously posted a comment in a Web discussion area that made threats against faculty members, MLive reported. The threat, which officials said was racist, anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic, said that killing faculty members would demonstrate the value of allowing concealed weapons on campus. The threat said that on March 5, "I am going to start systematically executing faculty at Kalamazoo U, that will teach them the value of campus carry."
Academics on the job market pay a lot of attention to disciplinary societies’ job listings, but just how useful are those data? Are they really an accurate snapshot of the market? A new analysis posted on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Data Forum and accompanying commentary from Ronald G. Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics and director of the Higher Education Research Institute at Cornell University, suggest that they are. You can read the academy’s analysis -- which shows that job listings in most humanities fields are down at least 30 percent since their peak in 2007-08 -- along with Ehrenberg’s thoughts on why these numbers (while flawed) matter here.
Wei-Hock Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, issued a statement Monday defending his work, which has been under sharp attack, The New York Times reported. Soon has published articles and spoken out questioning the scientific consensus that climate change is real. A previous Times article noted that he has received extensive financial support from the fossil fuel industry, but has not reported that financial connection in his journal articles, even though many of the journals require such disclosure.
In his statement, Soon attacked his critics. “This effort should be seen for what it is: a shameless attempt to silence my scientific research and writings, and to make an example out of me as a warning to any other researcher who may dare question in the slightest their fervently held orthodoxy," he said.