Faculty members at Upper Iowa U. say they lost jobs for questioning curricular changes

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Terminated tenure-track faculty members at Upper Iowa University say they were punished for voicing their concerns about proposed curricular changes.

Higher education urged to play more of a role in Common Core

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Colleges and universities need to get involved in the the rollout of the Common Core curriculum, argues a new paper from the New America Foundation.


Colleges award tenure

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

Adams State University

  • Sheryl Abeyta, business
  • Anicia Alvarez, teacher education
  • Comfort Cover, information systems
  • Kristy Duran, biology and earth sciences
  • Jeff Elison, psychology
  • Pat Robbins, business

California Lutheran University

Tensions at Pasadena City College

Tensions continue to grow between faculty members at Pasadena City College and President Mark W. Rocha, The Los Angeles Times reported. Rocha says he is making necessary changes to deal with financial challenges. But faculty members say he doesn't consult with them, resulting in flawed decisions. Faculty members are considering their third vote of no confidence in Rocha.

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Colleges assign adjunct hiring to a third party

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Michigan colleges are assigning the hiring and payment of adjuncts to a third-party company. Administrators say it's a win-win, but adjunct advocates say it's a worrisome trend.

Study: MOOC content in traditional courses is viable, if inflexible

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A report on MOOCs in Maryland classrooms delivers encouraging results, but faculty members say shaping a course around another instructor's content can be tricky.

Ethnic studies group backs Israel boycott

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Another disciplinary organization endorses call for end of ties to all Israeli academic institutions.

Victims From Academe on Downed Flight

Over the weekend more information has come out about some of the researchers, faculty members and students who were on the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine. Here are links to obituaries or other information:

  • Joep Lange has been widely hailed as a leading AIDS researcher. He was headed to the 20th International AIDS Conference, in Australia. Lange was executive scientific director of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development.
  • Karlijn Keijzer, a Dutch citizen, was a doctoral student in chemistry at Indiana University at Bloomington.
  • Quinn Schansman, the only American citizen on the flight, was studying at the International Business School at Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
  • Three members of the Witteveen family, all with ties to Tilburg University, in the Netherlands, were on the flight. Killed were Willem Witteveen, professor of legal theory and rhetoric; his wife Lidwien Heerkes, who was formerly associated with the Tilburg School of Humanities; and their daughter, Marit Witteveen, a student at the Tilburg School of Humanities.
  • Andrei Anghel, a Canadian citizen, who was a student at Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, in Romania.
  • Ithamar Avnon, an international student at Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia, was among those killed. The university said he was in the second year of a bachelor's program in business.




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New Analysis on Political Science Job Market

Recent data on the political science job market have suggested that it is improving, but not for all subfields. Aaron Hoffman, a political scientist at Purdue University, has worked with data from the American Political Science Association to draw more attention to the subfield differences. He found that it is much more difficult to find an entry-level tenure-track job (based on applications per opening) in political theory and comparative politics than other fields. Public policy -- a relatively small field within political science -- appears to have the best job prospects.


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New Poet Laureate of North Carolina, Under Fire, Quits

Valerie Macon has resigned as poet laureate of North Carolina, just a week after she was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory, The News & Observer reported. Macon's appointment drew widespread criticism from literary figures and others in North Carolina, many of whom suggested that their Republican governor was trying to get in a dig at poetry by appointing someone who was not qualified for the position. Macon is a state civil servant whose work has been self-published. Further, her website (since removed) claimed incorrectly that she had been a Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet, when in fact she had been in a program to be mentored by a Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet. Past poet laureates in North Carolina have tended to be poets with numerous acclaimed collections (published by presses) and long teaching careers. Among the more detailed critiques of Macon's appointment is this one, in Indy Week.

The governor issued a statement after Macon resigned saying that he was bothered by “the way some in the poetry community have expressed such hostility and condescension toward an individual who has great passion for poetry and our state.”

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