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AAUP Asks Mizzou to Rescind Termination Notice to Melissa Click

The American Association of University Professors on Friday urged the University of Missouri to immediately rescind its notice of termination to Melissa Click, the assistant professor of communication who asked for “muscle” to remove a student journalist during protests on the flagship Columbia camps this fall. In its letter to Hank Foley, interim chancellor at Columbia, AAUP cited Click’s lack of due process and the irregular means by which the university system’s Board of Curators voted to fire her last week

“Beyond its evident lack of conformity with the regulations of the University of Missouri, an action to dismiss a faculty member with indefinite tenure or a probationary faculty member within the term of appointment absent demonstration of cause in an adjudicative hearing before an elected faculty body is an action fundamentally at odds with basic standards of academic due process,” Hans-Joerg Tiede, associate secretary of the AAUP’s department of tenure, academic freedom and governance, wrote on Click's behalf.

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Bowdoin College

  • Margaret Boyle, romance languages and literatures
  • Judith Casselberry, Africana studies
  • Crystal Hall, digital and computational studies
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  • Abigail Killeen, theater and dance
  • Jeffrey Selinger, government and legal studies
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Rosemary Feal, executive director of the MLA, announces her departure, effective summer 2017.

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Rosemary Feal, executive director of the MLA, says she's stepping down next summer, at the end of her current term. She's leaving behind an organization that's much more representative of its members.

Achieving the Dream seeks stronger faculty role in college completion agenda

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Faculty-led reforms may be the best way to improve graduation rates, according to Achieving the Dream, which is working to give adjunct faculty members a seat at the table.

Stanford announces huge gifts and new efforts to attract best graduate and professional students

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University announces $400 million gift to help create $750 million endowment for program to attract the best talent from around the world.

Faculty Votes No Confidence in Board Chair of N.Y.'s Mount Saint Mary College

Citing longstanding concerns about academic freedom and shared governance under its current administration, the faculty at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., on Tuesday voted no confidence in Albert Gruner, chairman of the Board of Trustees. The faculty called for his immediate resignation from the board, saying his “unwavering support” of a former trustee accused of posting an anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim video on Twitter, along with “hostile confrontations” of faculty members, in particular, made him unfit to lead. The vote was 55 in favor and 10 opposed, with six faculty members abstaining. 

The college said in a statement that it "values all opinions and concerns. The trustees, like the president, are firmly committed to shared governance and recognize the important role played by the faculty, administration, and the board in advancing the college." Charles P. Frank, vice chair of the board, said in a separate statement that Gruner "used a reasoned and measured approach in his inquiry into concerns regarding a newly-appointed trustee. This is the manner in which a person with his fiduciary responsibilities should act. ...Throughout his tenure as board chair [Gruner] has always upheld the foundations of shared governance and the mission" of the college.

How LIGO and 'Physical Review Letters' worked together to publish the paper of a lifetime

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On Sept. 9, 2015, scientists decided where they would publish evidence for gravitational waves. Five days later, they made the discovery.

The psychological trauma of shifting from grad student to job seeker (essay)

The shift from a subordinate learner as a grad student to a would-be peer on the job market is one of the most predictable traumas in an academic's life, inducing professional and emotional distress in almost everyone who encounters it, writes Tim Cassedy.

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TIAA-CREF Is Now TIAA

TIAA-CREF, which provides financial services and retirement planning to employees of colleges and universities, will shorten its name to TIAA, the company announced. The name change is part of a larger rebranding effort, which also includes a new website and logo design.

The rebranding is meant to capitalize on the company’s history -- founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1918, it was originally called TIAA -- while also highlighting its ability to innovate. The company was originally created to fund retirement plans for professors, but it has since branched out; now it also serves researchers, government workers and medical professionals, among others.

The company also hopes the rebranding will make its services easier to navigate. The name will be easier to say; the content will be easier to read. Website copy will be written more directly and will be accompanied by more images.

“When it comes to planning for the future, our research found that many people don’t know where to start,” Connie Weaver, chief marketing officer at TIAA, said in a press release. “The reimagined TIAA customer experience is designed to break through the fear and inertia that people may have when it comes to financial decision making.

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Barriers to listening in a job interview and strategies to overcome them (essay)

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A job interview is a conversation, writes Jake Livengood, and to engage in it effectively, you must be a good listener.

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