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Tenure as a Tarnished Brass Ring

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Has the system become so flawed that it's not worth it any more? Why are some tenured, liberal professors challenging what others long for?

If You Text in Class, This Prof Will Leave

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Syracuse professor takes a firm stance against what he views as disrespect. But his identification of students' ethnicity has some accusing him of rudeness.

A Rare Performance Review Do-Over

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What happens when a professor understands her hiring to be a joint appointment but her contract reflects otherwise?

The Arrival of 'Merit-Blind Admissions'

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Some Brown University mathematics professors were confused and dismayed this month to learn that the university planned to admit 20 percent of its next freshman class completely at random -- by putting names in a hat and drawing them out.

Validation for RateMyProfessors.com?

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Study finds high correlation between reviews on the Web site professors love to hate and in formal evaluation system used by 275 colleges.

'On Course': New Guide to First Semester of Teaching

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A frequent refrain of new faculty members, fresh from graduate school, is that earning a Ph.D. didn't train them to lead a course. A new book -- On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard University Press) -- aims to help such professors. The author is James M.

Double Dipping in Conference Papers

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Political scientists consider whether it's OK to give the same presentation more than once -- and whether hiring committees should take note of the practice.

Does Academe Hinder Parenthood?

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2 new studies suggest that many professors, especially women, are less likely than other professionals or men in their field to have kids.

'The Last Professors'

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Two much-discussed trends in academe -- the adoption of corporate values and the decline in the percentage of faculty jobs that are on the tenure track -- are closely linked and require joint examination. That is the thesis of a new book, The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities, just published by Fordham University Press. Frank Donoghue, the author, is associate professor of English at Ohio State University.

In Culture Wars or Duke-Bashing, Do Facts Matter?

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Have you heard the one about the psychology chair who won't hire Republicans? As it turns out...

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