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Report finds decline in political science jobs

Political science association’s annual jobs report shows big year-over-year dip.

A Contract, 13 Years After Forming Faculty Union

Thirteen years after voting to form a union, about 140 full-time faculty members at Point Park University have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with their administration, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Neither Communications Workers of America, which represents the faculty members, nor the administration has released details of the contract, which will be voted on Friday. But it represents more than a decade’s worth of back-and-forth between professors and the university, which argued full-time faculty members at private institutions are managers and therefore not entitled to collective bargaining by legal precedent.

Point Park in 2015 dropped its appeals against the union, however, and initiated collective bargaining. Lou Corsaro, university spokesperson, said in statement that Point Park “believes it is a fair agreement for all parties.” The union has recommended that members approve the contract. Adjuncts on campus voted to form a union affiliated with United Steelworkers in 2014.

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Harasser Is Off San Jose State Teaching Schedule

Lewis Aptekar, a professor of counselor education at San Jose State University, who was found to have sexually harassed one of his students, will not be teaching this fall, after all. Some students and faculty members publicly objected to Aptekar’s return to campus to teach two courses, including one on trauma counseling and crisis intervention, saying it was not appropriate.

Aptekar remained chair of his department for five months after San Jose State found he had harassed his student by repeatedly asking her out on dates. He was put on paid leave only after The Mercury News began to investigate the case last year. A university investigation resulted in further harassment allegations against Aptekar, but they were not substantiated. Another professor in Aptekar’s department, Jason Laker, has sued the university for allegedly attempting to cover up the complaints against his colleague.

Aptekar is reportedly still employed by San Jose State, but the university released no further details about his employment status. His classes were to begin this week, but the university emailed students late Wednesday saying one course had been canceled and it's looking for an instructor for the other.

Elisa Stewart, Aptekar's attorney, said via email Thursday that Aptekar was stripped of his teaching duties, despite having been "cleared of wrongdoing by a thoughtful, diligent and unbiased process with adequate protections in place to protect all the parties" in 2016-17. A 2015 investigation, meanwhile, "was flawed and consequently, the result is not reliable … It is very disappointing there is only one version being presented [publicly] and that version is destroying the career and its legacy."

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A scholar pays tribute to an academic mentor (essay)

Irene Sanchez pays tribute to the person who saw something in her on the days that she couldn’t see it in herself anymore.

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New GI Bill includes $75 million noncollege provider program for veterans

The new "Forever" GI Bill includes a $75 million program to let military veterans use federal benefits for technology courses through noncollege providers -- another potential challenge to traditional higher ed.

Lessons about mentoring from those who do it best (essay)

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist asked faculty members from different disciplines whom colleagues and students had identified as excellent mentors to share their lessons with others in academe.

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Jefferson Education Accelerator helping make better ed-tech buying decisions

Jefferson Education Accelerator has regrouped, but stays focused on idea that colleges need more information to decide on which technologies to use.

Tidewater CC saving costs, boosting student success with OER

Tidewater Community College has saved students $1 million with its zero-textbook-cost degree program. An added bonus: course retention and grades are rising.

White men should do more campus service work (essay)

Rather than encourage women and people of color to do less service work, we should be encouraging white men to step forward and do more, argues Shannon Portillo.

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Author of 'Disrupt This!' discusses role of technology in higher education

Georgia Tech professor discusses her book questioning the premises and promises of disruptive innovation in higher ed and urges professors to play a more vital role in deciding when, where and how to use technology.

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