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Work place 'flexibility stigma' affects non-parents, too, study suggests

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What do academic departments risk when they're not perceived as being "flexible" enough to accommodate work-family balance? A lot -- and not only parents feel the pinch, a new study suggests.

Blog aims to 'normalize' kindness in academe

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There are lots of stories about jerks in academe. A new blog isn't about them.

Chicago community college faculty object to idea of being fingerprinted daily

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Should faculty be forced to check in every day by fingerprint? Chicago community college faculty members object to that possibility.

Professor says what he thinks, and regrets it

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Have you ever wished you could tell a student what you really think? One professor recently did so, and regrets the way he did it (if not the substance).

British professors object to website that ranks them

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British professors object to website -- inspired by Rate My Professors -- that ranks them.

New book on gender, family and academe shows how kids affect careers in higher education

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A decadelong research initiative out of the University of California at Berkeley culminates in a detailed look at the effects of children on men's and women's academic careers.

Blog post asks whether nice academics finish last

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A professor's reflection on personalities prevalent in academe strikes a chord with scholars.

Study debunks myth that male faculty 'milk' paid leave

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Male faculty members don't take paid parental leave as often as critics assert, even when their spouses also work.

Campus and academic communities left to wonder why after a professor's suicide

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Death of department chair at Texas A&M -- a prominent figure in rhetoric nationally -- leaves scholars with more questions than answers.

New survey on faculty activities and attitudes

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New survey of faculty members finds decreased time on teaching, gender differences in classroom approaches, and more stress in the public than private sector. Plus new data on part-timers.

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