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Fight Over Tenure and Faculty Rights

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Professors at Del Mar say interim president is rewriting the rules and writing away their job security; he says he's trying to promote standards. Battle shifts to court today.

When and Why Professors Retire

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Provosts at state university meeting consider why some faculty members leave when others don't, and the role of incentives.

Professors and Politics (Again)

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Research coming out today finds (surprise) that faculty members lean to the left -- and charges that "groupthink" limits hiring and other decisions.

Reconsidering Retiree Health Benefits

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Dartmouth plan that would scale back coverage troubles some faculty who say the college is providing a disincentive to retire.

'Scholarship in the Digital Age'

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It's hard to meet academics these days whose work hasn't been changed by the Internet. But even if everyone knows that the world of scholarship has changed, it's not always clear just how or the way those evolutions fit into the broad history of scholarship. Christine L. Borgman sets out to do just that in Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure and the Internet, just published by MIT Press.

List of Top Academic Employers Evolves

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With more colleges participating, COACHE project issues new list of exemplary institutions -- and continues to find that some are not among the wealthiest or most prestigious.

Fewer English Jobs, More Language Jobs

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As MLA convention approaches and interviews loom, a mixed picture emerges for key humanities disciplines.

Rethinking Work

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At MLA meeting, panelists consider new ways to frame adjunct issues, as well as issues related to service requirements and new attempts to bridge the tenure-track/non-tenured divide.

ABC Thinks You're Rich; 'U.S. News' Says Your Job Is Cushy

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It turns out that college administrators and professors should stop complaining about their pay and working conditions, at least according to U.S. News & World Report and ABC News.

On Saturday night, Charlie Gibson, the ABC anchor, was introducing a question in the Democratic presidential debate about proposed tax increases for wealthy Americans and his example of those who might be affected: college professors at a liberal arts college.

Call to Arms for Academic Labor

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Marc Bousquet pulls no punches in "How the University Works," his analysis about why so many Ph.D.'s may never see tenure or decent working conditions.

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