Essay on how to manage finances when on the long haul through grad school

Adam Kotsko shares his approach to managing cash flow and credit cards -- and preserving one's credit rating.

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Academic Minute: Assessing Slash and Burn Agriculture

In today’s Academic Minute, Maria Uriarte of Columbia University’s Earth Institute examines the use of fire as an agricultural tool in South America. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


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UConn Bans Student-Professor Romance

Romantic undergraduate student-professor and undergraduate-staff relationships are now banned at the University of Connecticut. The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new policy this week, The Hartford Courant reported. Graduate students also are prohibited from dating faculty in some cases where the relationship could be “exploitative,” such as when the student is a teaching assistant for the professor. Violation of the policy could result in termination of employment.

UConn had been working on drafting a policy for about a year, but its absence of a stance against such relationships came into focus in July following allegations that Robert Miller, professor of music at the Storrs campus, visited dorms and had sex with students. The allegations emerged during investigations by several law enforcement agencies and the university into separate allegations that Miller was a pedophile. Miller is on paid leave but barred from the university pending the ongoing investigations. No charges have been filed.

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Colleges award tenure

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

College of Saint Rose

  • Colleen Karow, communication sciences and disorders
  • Young Kim, music
  • Stephanie Maes, geology/earth science
  • Silvia Mejía Estévez, world languages and cultures
  • Megan Overby, communication sciences and disorders
  • Christina Pfister, teacher education
  • Ben Schwab, art
  • Kristine Tolmie, art

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Academic Minute: The Cost of Hiring a Smoker

In today’s Academic Minute, Micah Berman of Ohio State University calculates the cost an employer can expect to incur when hiring a smoker. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


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Essay on using digital tools to kickstart an alternative academic career

Brandy Schillace writes about using digital tools in charting a new career path.

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Fat-shaming professor faces censure from university

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University of New Mexico censures Geoffrey Miller, a psychology professor, for his infamous fat-shaming tweet. He will be barred from admissions decisions and must undergo sensitivity training.

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Study: Minority Faculty Marginalized at 2-Year Colleges

Minority faculty members at community colleges feel marginalized and "subordinated" to white faculty members, according to new research from the University of California at Riverside. Despite these frustrations, minority faculty members are deeply committed to the missions of their institutions and to their students, the study found. Researchers based their findings on interviews with faculty members at four community colleges in California. The report calls on community colleges to hire more minority faculty members. The study notes that while more than half of the students at community colleges in California are from under-represented minority groups, only 30 percent of faculty members are from under-represented minority groups.


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Sociology job market continues to recover steadily

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The market for new Ph.D.s is on the upswing, although specialties don't always match what search committees are looking for.


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