A Rare Performance Review Do-Over

What happens when a professor understands her hiring to be a joint appointment but her contract reflects otherwise?

Reflections on a Papal Visit

Pope Benedict stressed the complexities of Catholic college identity. At Loyola College in Maryland, educators and students think about his words and travels.

On Texts, Tech and Teens

Students in high school distinguish between "real" writing -- which they view as important to success -- and online communication, study from the College Board and Pew finds.

Making Wikis Work for Scholars

For all the complaints about students who copy incorrect information, some scholars are getting good use out of the popular site.

Validation for RateMyProfessors.com?

Study finds high correlation between reviews on the Web site professors love to hate and in formal evaluation system used by 275 colleges.

More Than Shock Value

Yale controversy reflects tensions faced by art professors in encouraging risk-taking while also offering guidance and (sometimes) caution.

'On Course': New Guide to First Semester of Teaching

A frequent refrain of new faculty members, fresh from graduate school, is that earning a Ph.D. didn't train them to lead a course. A new book -- On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard University Press) -- aims to help such professors. The author is James M.

Stanford Law Drops Letter Grades

Citing benefits to learning environment, faculty vote to adopt a system similar to those at Yale and Berkeley law schools. Is Harvard next?

Research Methods 'Beyond Google'

When "Google" has become a synonym for "research," how should faculty respond? And if the answer doesn't lie in musty books and stacks of journals, are libraries still part of the answer?

Fish to Profs: Stick to Teaching

Should we be worried about politics creeping into the classroom? Professor and columnist Stanley Fish enters the fray with a new book.


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