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University of Michigan offers new invitation to Alice Walker

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In wake of rescinded offer, U. of Michigan extends new invitation and pledges commitment to free speech.

Southern U. Prof Went on Teaching After Being Terminated

Southern University in Baton Rouge eliminated the job of Dong Sheng Guo, a physics professor, in early 2012, as part of a round of budget cuts, but he went on teaching the fall of that year, and the following semester as well, The Baton Rouge Advocate reported. Guo says that he was never formally notified of his dismissal and only became aware that his job had been eliminated when he went to the human resources office to ask why he was not being paid. It is unclear how he was assigned class sections when the university believed his position had been eliminated. Guo is now appealing for his job back.

 

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Essay on importance of writing that may never be published

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Nate Kreuter explains that some of the most important writing a young scholar produces may never be published or shared.

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University of Michigan rescinds invitation to Alice Walker

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Author says donors pressured U. of Michigan to rescind an invitation. University says she wasn't "optimum choice" for an event.

 

VMI Professor Who Won't Quit or Work Is on Paid Leave

A professor of English at the Virginia Military Institute is on paid leave indefinitely, following his refusal to work or quit, the Roanoke Times reported.

Kurt Ayau was one of seven professors who took issue last year with department leaders and affairs, including a new curriculum. Six have resigned or retired, but Ayau said the institute offered him a leave of absence for what he understood to be one year, and he took it to support himself as he looks for another job, according to the Times.

An institute spokesman said Ayau was on paid leave, but that the timeline was undetermined. Ayau’s salary is $59,642. The spokesman declined to comment on why Ayau was offered a leave of absence, citing personnel reasons. The institute’s Faculty Handbook says that extended leaves may be granted when “in the best interests of the faculty member and the Institute.”

Ayau did not return an e-mailed request for comment.

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Essay on a job search to move from elementary school to college

When Jessica Wells Cantiello applied for jobs teaching writing in college, some were surprised when she said she would benefit from experience in an elementary school.

 

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17-Year Divorce Battle by 2 Law Professors

Judges are speaking out against two law professors -- once a couple -- whose divorce and post-divorce litigation has taken up court time for the last 17 years, USA Today reported. The parties are Christo Lassiter, a law professor at the University of Cincinnati, and his former wife, Sharlene Boltz, a law professor at Northern Kentucky University. Judges have criticized both for their approach to the divorce, for allegedly breaking court rules and for using up court time. In a hearing last month, one Ohio judge said, "I am really shocked, because when I was in law school my professors were outstanding. They never would have told me that behaving the way you all have, both of you, over the past 20 years, is acceptable behavior."

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CIA Kept File on Noam Chomsky

The Central Intelligence Agency has for years denied that it had a file on Noam Chomsky, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor known both for his contributions to the field of linguistics and (perhaps of more interest to the CIA) his criticism of the U.S. government across many administrations. Now, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, documents have confirmed that the CIA did have a file on Chomsky, and that it may have been scrubbed. The details are in Foreign Policy.

 

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Essay on lessons learned from the start of a college teaching career

Andrew Joseph Pegoda explains what you can and can't expect of students -- and how to promote learning in every class.

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Academic Minute: 'The Great Gatsby'

In today’s Academic Minute, William Marling of Case Western Reserve University explains the initial and continuing popularity of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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