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New book for graduate students decodes key academic life terms from A-Z

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New book decodes key terms for academic life, from A to Z.

Advice for getting published in a scholarly journal (essay)

Faye Halpern describes what she's learned as a co-editor of a journal as well as a literary scholar trying to get her own research published.

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Illinois Adjunct Faculty Union Strike Continues Today

Non-tenure-track professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Tuesday began a planned two-day strike over stalled negotiations regarding their first union contract. Shawn Gilmore, lecturer in English and president of the American Federation of Teachers- and American Association of University Professors-affiliated non-tenure-track-faculty union, said in an interview that the union would have preferred to continue negations over striking. “But the university has made very little in the way of overtures to bargain or settle outside issues,” he said. Of particular concern to the union is standardized, multiyear contracts for eligible faculty members. Participation in shared governance and assurances of academic freedom also are key.

Robin Kaler, a university spokesperson, said the strike seemed “fairly limited in scope.” While the union wasn’t keeping track of participants, Gilmore said a midday rally saw several hundred attendees, and members plan to continue picketing today.

The university said in a statement that although “we continue to believe a strike is not in the best interests of our specialized faculty members, our students or the campus, we respect the right of each specialized faculty member to decide whether or not to participate. Our goal has always been, and continues to be, to work with the [Non-Tenure Faculty Coalition] to reach a fair and equitable contract.”

While the university supports multiyear contracts, the statement said, individual academic units “are best positioned to award multiyear contracts, as they best know their unique curricular needs and financial capacity. Multiyear contracts should be awarded based on performance, evaluation and merit, not centrally mandated and automatically granted based on the amount of time someone has worked here.”

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Alaska Professor Mauled by Bear During Mountaineering Class

An assistant professor of outdoor studies at the University of Alaska Southeast was mauled by a bear during a mountaineering class on Monday, the Associated Press reported. The professor, Forest Wagner, was with a group of students on Mount Emmerich when he was attacked by a sow with two cubs. A student hiked down the mountain to notify authorities, since there was no cell phone service at the site of the attack. Students were safely removed from the mountain but the professor remained in the hospital in serious condition on Tuesday.

Faculty union protests working conditions, stalled negotiations with parody job ad

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Adjunct union protests working conditions and stalled contract negotiations with fake job pamphlet.

Tenure-Line Professors at Southern Nevada Unionize

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members at the College of Southern Nevada voted 263 to 126 to form a union affiliated with the American Association of University Professors, they announced Monday. The college said in a statement that its looks "forward to moving ahead with the collective bargaining process."

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Pulitzer Winners in Arts and Letters

The following are the winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes in the various cultural categories:

  • Fiction: Viet Thanh Nguyen, who teaches English and American Studies at the University of Southern California, won for his novel The Sympathizer.
  • Drama: Lin-Manuel Miranda won for his Broadway hit Hamilton.
  • History: T. J. Stiles won for Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.
  • Biography: William Finnegan won for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.
  • Poetry: Peter Balakian, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in humanities and a professor of English at Colgate University, won for Ozone Journal.
  • General nonfiction: Joby Warrick won for Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.
  • Music: Henry Threadgill won for In for a Penny, In for a Pound.
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Tools to help job seekers decide next career steps (essay)

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You may doubt you'll even get one job offer, let alone several, but the process can surprise you, and you should be prepared for making informed decisions, writes Jake Livengood.

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Hope College moves away from immediate plan to fire president

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Board drops plan to fire president immediately but may do so next month. Case is latest in which campus leaders face ouster from trustees, despite strong backing from students, professors and alumni.

The difficulties of constantly having to move as an academic (essay)

Multiple moves continue to be the norm in academe, and it creates many problems, argues Margaret Kosmala.

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