Boulder Professors Are Angry Over Dean Pick

College of Arts and Sciences faculty members at the University of Colorado at Boulder want another, external search for a new dean, according to the Daily Camera. Faculty members, in a memo to administrators, reportedly said they were not consulted by Provost Russell Moore on the pick of Jim White, professor of geological sciences at Boulder, as their new dean. They also object to Moore calling White’s three-year term an “interim” appointment. The typical deanship is five years. Immediate past dean Steven Leigh will join the anthropology faculty.

"We, as a whole, do not object to Jim White," Susan Kent, a professor of history with distinction, told the Camera. "He is a superb scientist and a man with integrity. He is effective. And if he ends up being the faculty's choice, that would be terrific. That's not the issue. The issue is that college rules and university rules and regent rules of faculty governance have been ignored and, in fact, violated." In an email to administrators, co-signed by 40 faculty members so far, Kent wrote that White now “starts on what is certain to be a lengthy and complicated and controversial process under a deep cloud of distrust and suspicion as to your motives.”

Ryan Huff, university spokesperson, said White’s appointment didn't violate university policy but admitted it strayed from cultural norms, according to the Camera. "The provost chose an interim appointment of up to three years because of the unique opportunity that the change in leadership at the college presents to ask critical questions, chart new courses and re-envision the future of the college and campus," Huff said.

Soon after White's appointment earlier this month, Moore, the provost, announced future changes to the College of Arts and Sciences' structure. "Instead of forcing our visions and ideals around preconceived structures and organizations, we want to free ourselves from those impediments and develop aspirations for where we want to go and who we want to be as a major, global, public research university," he said. "Once those aspirations are established, we can begin to discuss how to organize ourselves to ensure we have the greatest opportunity to reach those goals."
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Interdisciplinary social sciences lab at Northeastern U challenges prevailing norms of lab work


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A Midwest community college pushes for widespread use of OER

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Advice for what to do over the rest of the summer to land a new job (essay)

David Shorter offers advice on what you might do between now and the next academic hiring season to help land a new job.

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In Inside Higher Ed this week, the ed-tech blogger Josh Kim asks if online learning is a job creation engine for educators. He said that many colleges draw their online faculty from the same pool of full-time faculty members and part-time adjunct instructors who teach residential courses.

"If anything," he wrote, "I’ve seen online learning offer more opportunities for teaching gigs for all higher ed teachers."

Steven Salaita Says He's Leaving Academe

Three years after Steven Salaita lost a promised tenured position in American Indian studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over the tone of his anti-Israel tweets, he’s leaving academe. Salaita, who had most recently been a visiting professor at American University of Beirut, said in a widely shared Facebook post that he’s been recruited by colleagues and applied to academic jobs on four continents, but “management” inevitably blocks his hire. “I often feel like I’m reliving the [Illinois] fiasco,” he wrote, “ which isn’t conducive to the kind of mood I prefer to inhabit. I’m easygoing, but I refuse to tolerate the indignities of a blacklist.”

Salaita said his immediate plans, in the Washington area, involving writing and giving talks, and that he feels no regret for condemning a “brutal ethnocratic state.” Nor does he intend to “slosh around in self-pity,” he wrote. “Whatever I end up doing, I will maintain the spirit of noncompliance that defined my time in academe. If you take any lesson from my ouster, please don’t let it be fear or caution. Docility is a gift to those who profit from oppression. Academe can no longer afford this luxury.”

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Debate over art, teaching and prejudice at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Adjunct at School of the Art Institute of Chicago quits, calling out perceived culture of political correctness after students complained about course content.


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