Social Sciences / Education

Study finds that students learn more from non-tenure-track instructors

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Students at major research university learn more when their instructors are off the tenure track than when they are on it, new study finds.

Florida Atlantic rehires adjunct at center of controversy over class exercise

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Florida Atlantic rehires instructor at center of controversial class exercise involving the name "Jesus." University reconsiders ban on exercise. Faculty Senate finds administrators "dismally failed" on academic freedom.

Outrage over professor's Twitter post on obese students

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Professor sets off furor with comment on Twitter about obese Ph.D. applicants.

AAUP survey finds that average faculty salary increased by rate of inflation in last year

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AAUP's annual survey shows modest pay gains, but low rate of inflation means that many full-time faculty members have a bit more spending power. Salaries and raises are larger at private than at public institutions.

Senate vote prompts discussion among political scientists about their political strategy

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Senate vote to bar support from the NSF has many scholars wondering whether their discipline needs a new strategy. Also being debated: Was an exception to the ban a win for research or a loss on principle?

Study finds minimal increases in average faculty salaries

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Median base salaries for tenure-track professors at four-year institutions were up 2.1% in 2012, about the rate of inflation. Increases at private institutions outpaced those at publics.

Student organizers of a Wharton conference cancel controversial keynote speech

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Student organizers of a forum at Wharton School revoke invitation to controversial keynote speaker from India after professors oppose his appearance.

Controversy over retired Army psychologist up for post at University of Missouri

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Ex-Army psychologist -- credited with "cleaning up" Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib -- finds the stigma of both places hard to shake as he applies for new administrative role at University of Missouri at Columbia.

Controversy grows over pro-Palestinian event at Brooklyn College

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President defends right of organizers to have event -- co-sponsored by political science department -- supportive of boycott of Israel, but pledges new events with "alternative perspectives."

Colorado Supreme Court rejects Ward Churchill's appeal

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Colorado Supreme Court rejects his appeal in decision that some faculty leaders see as danger to academic freedom -- but that some college associations argue is essential to academic freedom.

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