Sociology

A Private Matter Goes Public

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Dispute over alleged plagiarism between 2 Penn scholars, settled quietly over the summer, is aired anew.

Anthropology, Evolved

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Arizona State revamps department in attempt to revitalize discipline, but does program agenda shortchange field?

Social Scientists Lean to the Left, Study Says

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Analysis finds wide variations among disciplines -- with anthropology and sociology more liberal than political science and economics.

Anger and Consequences

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Amid rape allegations, Duke suspends lacrosse season -- and experts consider lessons and warnings for other colleges.

Debt, Deterring Public Service

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Student loan repayment may preclude large numbers of graduates from teaching and social work jobs, study suggests.

Hell No -- He Won't Go

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Professors, what would you do to avoid teaching freshmen? Deans, what would you do to get senior professors teaching what you want them to teach?

A battle of wills at the University of Maryland at College Park -- perhaps soon to escalate into a court battle -- is a good illustration of the kinds of choices faced by colleges and professors when it comes to who will teach what.

Senatorial Peer Review

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Lawmakers tell NSF what it should and shouldn't fund -- and question some grants (without bothering to talk to the researchers involved).

What Role for Sociology?

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Discipline sets out to define its contributions to general education and acknowledges it must do a better job of demonstrating them.

Sociology, Gender and Higher Ed

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New research examines women in the professoriate and the impact of athletics on academic performance.

The 'Family Friendly' Bonus

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As more colleges have adopted "family friendly" policies for professors, many experts have noted that relatively small shares of those eligible for the flexible arrangements use them. Much has been written about why this is the case, with many observers guessing that young parents, especially women, fear that asking for flexible arrangements may hurt them in the tenure process.

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