Faculty

Purdue's president and faculty clash over student learning assessment

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Purdue's politician turned president wants a nationally normed measure of what students learn -- and he's tired of waiting. Professors want meaningful assessment but aren't sold on standardized exams.

Where have all the English majors gone?

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English departments at U. of Maryland and elsewhere respond to drop-offs -- some of them steep -- in English majors. 

New book argues for more effective, collaborative methods of shared governance

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New book from William Bowen and Eugene Tobin argues for more effective, nimble and collaborative approach to institutional decision-making, saying new models of shared governance are needed. Some of the authors' suggestions are sure to be controversial.

Marquette professor who blogged about a TA's decisions in class is suspended with pay, pending inquiry

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The Marquette U. professor who criticized a TA's teaching on his personal blog is suspended, pending a university investigation into his conduct. 

Employees at Pennsylvania colleges subject to new background check

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College employees in Pennsylvania who work with minors will have to pass regularly scheduled background checks under state's new child protection laws.

Number of college employees declines slightly

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As enrollments dip, so too do the number of college and university employees -- but disproportionately at for-profit institutions.

National survey suggests a greater focus on teaching but ongoing concerns about diversity, adjuncts

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Survey of undergraduate instructors suggests increased attention on student-centered teaching and ongoing concerns about diversity and adjunct working conditions. 

Unusual sexual harassment case at Northwestern U. brings out advocates of student indemnification

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Unusual sexual harassment lawsuit at Northwestern U., in which a professor is suing a former graduate student who accused him of assault, has sparked debate about student indemnification policies.

Librarians and scholars consider the future of the monograph

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Professors and librarians consider the advantages of digital, the reluctance of many tenure committees to look beyond print, and the possibility of paying the costs of publishing works by young scholars.

Recent legal cases point to link between anti-adjunct bias and age bias

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Several legal challenges suggest a key challenge for long-term adjuncts seeking jobs on the tenure track is age discrimination.

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