Faculty

Staffing Up, Productivity Down

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Rate of growth in colleges' hiring of full-time support staff has significantly outpaced growth in full-time instructors, think tank report finds.

A Contested Search

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As Hocking College prepares to replace its president after 41 years, leader of search admits destroying evaluations of employees' top candidate.

Of Many Minds on College Costs

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Presidents, budget officers and professors hold similar views about nature and extent of public higher ed's finance problems, but diverge widely on potential solutions, survey finds. Talk among yourselves, authors urge.

Silencing a Staff Voice

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U. of Colorado ends funding for independent newspaper for employees, citing dire budget situation.

A Battle for the Sea (Grant)

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U. of Alaska strips federal grant money from extension agent over his environmental "advocacy," drawing complaint that it bowed to agency's pressure.

Staying on the Job

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Survey from TIAA-CREF backs anecdotal evidence that economic downturn is leading professors to delay retirement plans.

The Disappearing Tenure-Track Job

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Study by AFT documents continued growth during the last decade of adjunct jobs as a proportion of the academic work force.

Did Bill O'Reilly Doom a Tenure Bid?

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In many academic circles, being attacked by Bill O'Reilly might be a badge of honor. A Syracuse University professor, however, charges that he was denied tenure last week in part because of the fallout over his on-air disputes with the Fox television star, who has branded him "a new Ward Churchill."

The Mystery of Faculty Priorities

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Does it make economic and public policy sense for professors to spend more time on research? Two scholars review the evidence and find more theories than answers.

Tenure's Value ... to Society

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A judge ruled last week in Colorado that not only is tenure a good thing for the professors who enjoy it, it is valuable to the public. Further, the court ruled that the value (to the public) of tenure outweighed the value of giving colleges flexibility in hiring and dismissing. That is a principle that faculty members say is very important and makes this case about much more than the specific issues at play.

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