Academic freedom

Faculty at Kean U China campus won't be Kean employees for much longer

Faculty at Kean University's campus in China, currently employed by Kean, will soon be employed by the Chinese campus. Kean says it is retaining control over academics, but the faculty union says the change raises academic freedom concerns.

Philosophers will launch interdisciplinary journal that allows authors to publish under pseudonyms, citing recent threats against polarizing academics

Scholars will launch interdisciplinary journal that allows authors to publish under pseudonyms, citing recent threats against polarizing academics. Some like the idea, while posing practical and ethical objections.

About three-quarters of all faculty positions are off the tenure track, according to a new AAUP analysis

About three-quarters of all faculty positions are off the tenure track, according to new AAUP analysis. While many now work on multiyear contracts, their academic freedom remains of concern.

Catholic University suspends dean over tweet on one of Kavanaugh's accusers

His social media posts raise questions of professional responsibility, sexism and free expression.

Professor cites boycott of Israeli universities in declining to write recommendation letter for student

University of Michigan professor refuses to write on behalf of student hoping to study in Israel. Are such letters a professional responsibility or subject to faculty members' political views?

Trump administration will use more expansive definition of anti-Semitism in ways that critics say limit free speech

The Trump administration, which has frequently criticized colleges for not doing enough to protect free speech on campus, introduces a more expansive definition of anti-Semitism on campus. Civil liberties groups say it will result in the stifling of free speech.

Arizona psychologist faces scrutiny for grants from organization founded to support research in eugenics

University of Arizona psychologist is under scrutiny for taking money from an organization founded to support research in eugenics.

Purdue Global axes faculty confidentiality agreement

Purdue Global faculty members will no longer be required to sign a contentious employee agreement that allowed the university to be arbiter of who owns rights to instructional materials.

Survey of more than 500 China scholars provides data on how frequently they experience Chinese state repression

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First-of-its-kind survey of China scholars seeks to quantify just how frequently they encounter repressive actions by the Chinese state intended to stop or circumscribe their research. A majority say self-censorship is a problem.

Is the N-word simply to be avoided, or is Emory wrong to suspend a law professor who used it?

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Emory is investigating a law professor who used the slur in a torts class about a case involving the word "Negro."

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