Social Sciences / Education

Study suggests grading leniency is result rather than cause of low grading reliability

Study finds variation in the way students are evaluated -- and tougher grades appear to be closer to what they should be. But not necessary due to grade inflation alone.

Drexel issues new statement about academic freedom and inclusivity

University issues new statement, explicitly recognizing one of its faculty members' tweets about "white genocide" as "protected speech," but also stressing "importance of choosing one’s words thoughtfully."

West Virginia University lets controversial speaker appear and answers his attack on professor

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West Virginia University defends right of Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos to speak, but also right of students and faculty members to answer back when he attacked a professor who advocates for gay and minority students.

Latina student's story about how professor reacted to word "hence" sets off debate on stereotypes

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Blog post called “Academia, Love Me Back” raises concerns about stereotypes and inclusivity.

Jewish professors at Wheelock College say they were subject to campaign of harassment

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Jewish professors at Wheelock College say they were subject to campaign of harassment after suggesting that Jewish students are underrepresented in campus life.

Voter registration data show Democrats outnumber Republicans among social scientists, 11.5 to 1

Study of public voter registration data shows that Democrats outnumber Republicans among social scientists, 11.5 to one. Does it matter?

Q and A with author of new book on 'gender shrapnel' in academe

Gender-based discrimination in the academic workplace isn’t always overt, but the “shrapnel” of small indignities stays with you. That’s the premise of a new book on this kind of bias, and how to alleviate it.

New study could be another nail in the coffin for the validity of student evaluations of teaching

New study adds to evidence that student reviews of professors have limited validity.

Sociologists discuss how departments should consider social media activity and other public communications in tenure and promotion decisions

American Sociological Association report suggests standards by which departments may consider social media activity and other public communications in tenure and promotion decisions.

U New Mexico reopening investigation into professor's conduct after new reports of sexual harassment emerge.

U New Mexico says it's reopening an investigation into a professor suspended over sexual harassment findings and who was about to return to his duties -- after new reports emerge about the professor's conduct.

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