Faculty

Mentor, Friend -- or Both?

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Professors debate whether mentors of graduate students and young instructors must go beyond supervising to "caring" to be effective, and where the lines are.

A 'Practical Guide' to the Academic Portfolio

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It's not a new thing for professors to document their teaching, research and service. That's how people get hired and earn tenure and promotions. But many more colleges are adopting a portfolio system in which professors create more of a full portfolio than a series of lists and dates. This movement is changing both the way individuals are evaluated and the way institutions assess themselves.

Fieldwork with Three Children

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At annual meeting, anthropologists discuss mothering in, and of, the field.

A Faculty Caste System?

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Graduate deans discuss the rationale for and difficulties of designating some professors as "graduate faculty."

Racial Gaps in Faculty Job Satisfaction

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Key study for first time features ethnic breakdowns, finding that white and Latino professors hold similar views but that some minority groups are less happy.

Taking One (Percent) for the Team

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Under faculty-generated proposal, Brandeis professors could volunteer to give up 1 percent of their salaries next year with aim of saving staff jobs.

Rejecting the Academic Fast Track

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Graduate students increasingly care about a "family friendly" work environment -- and doubt they can find one at a research university, survey finds.

Scrutiny and Standards for Branch Campuses

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AAUP and Canadian counterpart warn about use of non-tenure-track faculty and use of corporate model at branch campuses being set up worldwide.

Broken Covenant

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Some professors want to know why a religious college in Georgia is preparing for faculty cuts while adding significantly to athletics spending.

'Leave-Proofing' the Faculty

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Tenure-track jobs are harder than ever to find, with the economic mess prompting many colleges to grow even more cautious about hiring anyone on the tenure track. Tenure-track openings are being put on hold. Searches are being called off every day. Many who worry that higher education has created a faculty of two tiers -- the privileged tenured class and the overused and abused adjuncts -- have been told that this year is simply not the year in which to promote change.

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