Professors consider how to sell the English major to students, parents, administrators, politicians

At MLA, professors consider how to make the case for their discipline -- and talk about salary prospects -- to prospective students, but also to parents, presidents and politicians.


Author discusses her new book, 'Manifesto for the Humanities'

Author of new book explains a path forward -- in large part through changes in doctoral education -- for disciplines whose scholars feel under siege.


Job market is tight in many humanities fields, but healthy in economics

Market looks tight and getting worse for job seekers in English, foreign languages, history and philosophy. But a major social science field -- economics -- is doing a lot of hiring.


U of Kentucky will cover up and relocate a mural whose depiction of black people has upset many

Responding to concerns of black students, U of Kentucky will shroud a fresco on the state's history.


Cal State Northridge professor says he's being targeted for his conservative social views

Cal State Northridge professor says university is targeting him for his stance against gay adoption. But his students question why he's encouraged an English class to attend an event on family issues at the Reagan Library.


Editors and editorial board quit top linguistics journal to protest subscription fees

The six editors and 31 editorial board members of Lingua, a top linguistics journal, have all resigned to protest Elsevier pricing. They plan a new open-access journal.


Novelist quits teaching job at Phoenix College over loyalty oath


Arizona is surprised to find out it still requires professors to sign a statement that was common in McCarthy era. And a community college loses an adjunct who was its star professor.


Author discusses new book on interdisciplinarity

Author discusses new book that considers both the positive and negative impacts of an interdisciplinary approach.


Washington State U disavows syllabus with ban on certain words

Washington State U overrules instructor, and says she may not have "blanket" bans on use of certain words or phrases, or punish those who violate such bans with lower grades or failure.

Academic hopes social media campaign might help secure wife's medical treatment

One might assume a full-time faculty member at an elite institution would have his or her medical needs, and those of family members, covered. A Twitter campaign suggests that's not always the case.



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