MLA urges self-restraint in search committees seeking letters of recommendation

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MLA's new guidelines offer some relief and realism about the recommendation part of the hiring process.

Jury backs claim of conservative professor that he was denied promotion because of his views

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Federal jury backs conservative academic who says he was denied promotion to full professor because of his political views.

Writing instructors consider issues they face when teaching veterans

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Writing professors find themselves playing a critical and unexpected role in the education of veterans.

Historians association and four doctoral programs start new effort to broaden Ph.D. education

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Historians' association and four graduate departments expand efforts to make doctoral education a training ground for careers in and out of academe.

Essay on the implications of the rescinded Nazareth College faculty job offer

David M. Ball sees the controversy over a rescinded job offer as reflecting larger tensions between research universities that train doctoral students and the other institutions that employ them.


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Colleges award tenure

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

Alma College

  • Eric Calhoun, biology
  • Janie Diels, communication and new media studies
  • Murray Gross, music
  • Stephany Slaughter, modern language/Spanish

Colby College

ABA Panel Would Keep Tenure as Accreditation Requirement

An American Bar Association panel has voted to maintain tenure as a requirement for law school accreditation, The National Law Journal reported. The panel has spent more than five years reviewing standards for law school accreditation, and earlier versions of its planned reforms removed the tenure requirement. Critics of the requirement said that law schools needed more flexibility. Other critics said that they personally favored tenure but did not believe that a tenure system should be an accreditation requirement. But many faculty members opposed the change, and said that it would limit academic freedom. A final vote on the plan is expected by the ABA in August. The American Association of University Professors, which has opposed the rules change, issued a statement Monday praising the ABA panel for keeping tenure as a requirement.



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Academic Minute: 1-Minute Talk on Giving a 1-Minute Talk

In today’s Academic Minute, William Doll, visiting fellow at Case Western Reserve University, outlines a few rules for crafting an engaging oration. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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Colleges start new programs

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Academic Minute: An Object Lesson in Religious History

In today’s Academic Minute, Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College, examines how objects can have a rich personal significance. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


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