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Essay on issues of 'fit' when applying for jobs at teaching institutions

At teaching-oriented colleges, a search committee will be focused on how candidates match institutional values, not just their C.V.s, writes Melanie Springer Mock.

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Survey shows demand still outstrips supply for doctorates in math education

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A survey of the job market for doctorates in mathematics education shows demand outstrips supply -- even after the recession.

Anthropology journal will convert to open access format

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American Anthropological Association announces that one of its journals will be converted to open access.

Academic Minute: Infant Brains and Adult Disorders

In today’s Academic Minute, Rebecca Knickmeyer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill explains how an infant’s brain can display signs of future neurological disorders. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


 

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Essay on the importance of virtual communities to grad students

Sometimes grad students need more support than they can find on campus, writes Rachel Leventhal-Weiner.

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Tensions at Ohio State Pharmacy College

Four faculty members and one graduate student at the pharmacy college of Ohio State University have been accused either of research misconduct or misuse of grant funds, The Columbus Dispatch. In addition, one faculty member and one former faculty member are currently suing the pharmacy college. The dean of the college told the Dispatch that the institution is placing greater emphasis on research ethics, and is starting a course on the subject, and that the class will be required for students and "strongly urged" for faculty members.

 

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Conservative Scholar Denied New Trial in Bias Suit

A federal judge has denied a retrial to Teresa Wagner, the conservative scholar whose political bias claims against the University of Iowa were rejected last year by a jury, The Des Moines Register reported. Wagner said she was denied a job at the law school at Iowa because of her politics, and the jury rejected one claim and deadlocked over another. A judge on Friday rejected her request for a new trial and also dismissed the claim on which the jury couldn't reach a verdict. The university denied the claims.

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A poem inspired by MOOCs

(with apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

There was a giant MOOC, based on a little book
when MOOC hype was trending torrid,
And when MOOCS were good, they were very, very good,
But when they were bad they were horrid.

Profs stood on their heads, "students" watching from bed,
With nobody by for to hinder;
Peer-graded squalor, plagiarized in the hollers,
And drummed all their palms against Winders.

Foundations heard the noise, and thought it was the boys
playing Coursera and edX,
They funded and Ventured noncredit adventures,
While we all suffer the headX.

Sherman Dorn is professor and chair in the department of psychological and social foundations at the University of South Florida College of Education.

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How a Professor Ended Up Facing Drug Charges in Argentina

How did a physics professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill end up in an Argentine jail on drug charges? An article in The New York Times describes how Paul Frampton found what he thought was a love interest online, how she lured him to Latin America and -- without meeting him in person -- convinced him to take a suitcase of hers, one that ended up containing illegal drugs.

 

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Liberal arts instructors rally around interdisciplinary studies after tenure denials

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Professors worry about falling rate of tenure success at the University of Texas at Austin.

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