Department chairs

Selective universities want more high-achieving community college students to transfer

Many community college students with high grade point averages aren't transferring to four-year institutions, new research finds, a fact some of the nation's most selective universities want to change.

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How two institutions diversified their faculties without spending big or setting hard targets

Boston College and UC Riverside share how they quickly hired more faculty members from underrepresented minority groups, without relying on hard numerical targets or costly initiatives.

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Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload

University of Illinois-Chicago ad for language program director draws outcry.

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Study questions whether elite college courses are of higher quality than others

Study's preliminary findings suggest that teaching quality and academic rigor are not necessarily stronger at prestigious institutions.

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Princeton grad student takes on the humanities crisis from a decidedly gendered perspective

Everyone seems to have a theory as to why humanities majors are disappearing. One doctoral student thinks the trend is due to women's widening career paths. His notion is gaining traction.

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Temple University faces scrutiny over rejection of African-American studies department's choice as chair

Temple was the first institution to offer a doctorate in African-American studies and has seen heated debates over the discipline's direction. The rejection of the department's choice as chair has set off a new controversy.

The growing challenges confronting department chairs (opinion)

Their work is often overwhelming and underappreciated—and increasingly complicated by COVID, racial issues, severe financial exigencies and other challenges, writes Ralph A. Gigliotti.

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How to improve campus job visits and onboarding processes (opinion)

Alan Martino reflects on his and others’ experiences navigating campus job visits and onboarding processes for new hires -- and provides some suggestions for improvement.

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Improving campus visits for job applicants with disabilities (opinion)

Campus visits for job candidates can often create obstacles that especially impact applicants with disabilities, write Nazely Kurkjian and Ann R. Hawkins.

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Netflix's 'The Chair' depicts a position in academe that's more demanding than ever (opinion)

The new Netflix series portrays a chair of a department at a moment when the position has never been more demanding and the humanities are at an inflection point, writes Amanda Bailey.

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