English literature and composition

Arizona State U. backs down from some details of a controversial plan for writing instructors

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Arizona State, facing criticism, agrees to pay more to some composition instructors assigned extra sections. But the university refuses to back down on courseloads that violate disciplinary standards.

Arizona State tells non-tenure-track writing instructors to teach an extra course each semester

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Arizona State tells non-tenure-track English instructors to shift from 4-4 to 5-5 course load, without increase in compensation and in violation of professional codes on how many writing students one can effectively teach.

MLA sees decline in job listings in English and languages

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MLA's annual jobs report shows dips in hiring for both English and foreign languages.

Court rejects suit over 'Hot for Teacher' essay

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Federal judge rejects First Amendment challenge from student who was suspended after he wrote about his affections and physical feelings for his instructor.

Writing professors question plagiarism detection software

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Writing professors issue warning about plagiarism detection software.

Professors at odds on machine-graded essays

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Prominent writing instructor challenges a much-discussed study that found machines can grade student writing about as well as humans.

Two companies give faculty more control of online courses

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StraighterLine and Udemy offer the potential of self-employment to entrepreneurial professors. But will a free market for online teaching pay off for faculty?

College cuts adjuncts' hours to avoid Affordable Care Act costs

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At one community college, the national health-care law would have assured adjuncts access to health insurance, but the institution is cutting their hours to avoid the requirement.

New College of the Humanities enrolls first class amidst questions on price and profits

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New College of the Humanities, in London, seeks to meld the American liberal arts and Oxford tutorial models. But critics have focused on its £18,000 annual price tag and its corporate structure.

Distinguished literary scholar and Cornell University professor turns 100

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M. H. Abrams, one of the 20th century's great literary critics, turns 100.

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