FACULTY JOBS

Ratings and bias against women, over time

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Two new studies show how bias against women in student ratings operates over time, worsening with critical feedback and instructor age.

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The back of a blond person's head; the blond person is facing a lecture hall full of students.

West Virginia U proposal outlines process for firing faculty

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West Virginia University proposal outlines a process for removing even tenured professors for unsatisfactory performance. Some say the process weakens tenure—but some say it protects it.

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A brick building at West Virginia University.

Some Stanford professors oppose closed event on free speech

Stanford professors want the university to distance itself from a closed conference on academic freedom, saying it’s silencing debate and harboring racist thought.

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One of the iconic red-roofed buildings at Stanford University.

Number of Ph.D.s conferred dropped 5.4% in 2021

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Preliminary data from the NSF indicate that COVID-19 hit Ph.D. production hard in 2021, but job-placement data are surprisingly rosy—just not in academe.

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Table 1.1: Research doctorate recipients from U.S. colleges and universities, 1958-2021

UC San Diego suspends instructor for racist comments

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A chemistry instructor at the University of California, San Diego, interrupted class last week to malign “Mexican” campus workers. He’s now suspended for the term, but this hasn’t satisfied everyone—if anyone.

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A screenshot of Robert Ternansky, a white man wearing a black face mask, in front of a blackboard.

A fight over how UVA selects its faculty board rep

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A proposed bylaw change as to how UVA selects faculty board reps reveals lingering mistrust between campus constituencies.

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A bird's-eye view of the University of Virginia's white-domed Rotunda building.

Professor's murder on campus raises urgent safety questions

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A professor’s murder at the University of Arizona, apparently by a former student, raises urgent concerns about campus safety. He wasn’t the first professor killed at work, either.

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Thomas Meixner, a white man with gray hair wearing a University of Arizona–themed shirt.

Brown faculty votes to restrict P&T committee to full profs

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In split vote, Brown’s faculty votes to limit promotion and tenure committee membership to just full professors. Some critics argue against such a move, citing potential for more bias and less accountability in tenure decisions.

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Illustration of a Black woman climbing a staircase.

Oberlin's board seeks to limit faculty power

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Professors say the changes violate a foundational college rule and stand to change Oberlin forever—not for the better.

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A bird's-eye view of Oberlin College's campus.

Patty Limerick speaks out on her dismissal from her center

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Patty Limerick speaks out on her abrupt firing from the Center of the American West, which she co-founded in 1986. CU Boulder found she mixed the personal and professional; she says what was once her strength suddenly became a liability.

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Patty Limerick, a white woman with long dark hair.

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