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Mentoring 101

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Guiding undergraduate students can be personally rewarding and support good teaching, a panel of historians notes. So why is it left to chance?

Into the Fray

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Noting years of misreading of the past by those in power, historians vow wider engagement with the public.

The Gender Gap on Service

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New study examines the points in their careers when academic women get more assignments than men -- and how those assignments may hold them back.

Turning on the Faculty

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Professors at public universities worry that a combination of economic anxiety, anti-union sentiment and frustration over rising college costs will make them and their institutions targets for populist anger.

Not So Fast

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Michigan provost wants to extend pre-tenure period to 10 years -- and faculty senate resoundingly rejects the idea.

Ethos Matters

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Researchers find that institutional identity trumps policy when it comes to whether professors think their institutions value teaching.

'The Heart of Higher Education'

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While many college faculty members and administrators are focused on budget cuts or research agendas, Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc have issued a call to return to what they think matters the most: teaching, and teaching in an "integrative" way that moves past individual disciplines. Their appeal comes in a new book, The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal (Jossey-Bass).

Punching In at Kean U.

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University with a history of tensions with its faculty has started requiring professors to file time sheets.

'Lowering Higher Education'

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With colleges under intense pressure to find new sources of revenue, many are applying business ideas or creating closer ties to corporations. In their new book, Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education (University of Toronto Press), James E. Côté and Anton L.

Flexible Policies, Unchanged Practice

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More medical schools offer better-balanced work-life policies to faculty, new study finds, but few actually use them.

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