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Adjuncts at CC of Allegheny County Vote to Unionize

Adjunct faculty members at the Community College of Allegheny County have voted 394-64 to unionize with the American Federation of Teachers. Another AFT unit has represented full-time faculty members at the college for more than 40 years.

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Essay on how to move ahead on writing in what's left of the summer

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore answers readers who realize it's already mid-July and they haven't made a dent in their big writing projects.

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As contingent faculty earn a big win for unemployment benefits, the national battle continues

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Adjuncts at one California college recently won a contract provision that they believe will help them receive benefits during months they don't have teaching positions.

Goebbels Royalties Ruling Angers Historians

Historians are reacting with outrage to the ruling of a German court that the estate of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, may claim royalties on excerpts from his diaries in a new scholarly biography, Times Higher Education reported. The suit itself raised concern from many scholars, who have assumed they could quote freely from diaries of long-dead Nazis. “It’s quite shocking,” said Neil Gregor, professor of history at the University of Southampton, “that these diaries … are being used, effectively, to profit so shamelessly from one of the chief culprits of Nazi genocide.” The suit involved Goebbels, by Peter Longerich, professor of modern German history at Royal Holloway of the University of London. Random House Germany, Longerich's publisher, is planning an appeal to the German Supreme Court.

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Essay rekindles debate about racism in graduate programs

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Essay about a black doctoral student's experience leads to broader discussion of isolation and insensitivity felt by many -- even from seemingly progressive fellow students and faculty members.

Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection software

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Tests conducted by a writing coordinator at the U of Texas at Austin suggest that many student plagiarists could avoid being caught by Turnitin.

Compilation of Articles on Faculty Salaries

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today "Faculty Salaries," our latest print-on-demand compilation of articles. The booklet features articles about trends, debates and strategies -- of individuals and of institutions. This compilation is free and you may download a copy here. And you may sign up here for a free webinar on Thursday, August 20, at 2 p.m. Eastern about the themes of the booklet.

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Essay on how new Ph.D.s can ace informal interviews

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There may not be an opening, but there is opportunity, and you always need a strategy, writes Stephanie K. Eberle.

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New Criticism of 'Science' on Gender and Career Advice

Last month, the journal Science received heavy criticism over an advice piece widely called sexist for encouraging a female scientist not to take seriously an adviser's pattern of looking at her chest, not her face, when they talked. The journal ended up pulling the column.

Now Science is being criticized for running another piece that some find sexist. This piece is mostly about getting noticed to advance one's career, and the importance of hard work. The portion of the piece drawing criticism says: "I worked 16 to 17 hours a day, not just to make progress on the technology but also to publish our results in high-impact journals. How did I manage it? My wife -- also a Ph.D. scientist -- worked far less than I did; she took on the bulk of the domestic responsibilities."

Critics say that Science should not be giving advice based on having a (female) spouse focus on child rearing, or on working 16 to 17 hours a day, which essentially removes one parent from child-care duties. Typical tweets: "Hey, @ScienceCareers, we don’t need advice on how to be successful scientists in the 1980s" and "What fresh sexist hell is this? Oh, it's @ScienceCareers. Again."

Editors at the careers section of Science did not respond to email requests for comment. The author of the piece, Eleftherios P. Diamandis, head of clinical biochemistry at a hospital of the University of Toronto, said via email that he had seen the criticisms. "It is a free world; all opinions respected," he wrote. He added, "If I stayed home, would my wife be sexist?"

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Arizona State demotes history professor after investigation into his book

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Arizona State demotes history professor, accused of plagiarism in 2011 and 2014, based on investigation into the latter charges.

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