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The Mystery of Faculty Priorities

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Does it make economic and public policy sense for professors to spend more time on research? Two scholars review the evidence and find more theories than answers.

(Somewhat) Family Friendlier

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Significantly more colleges have policies to help employees maneuver work/life balance than they did in 2002, but many approaches are informal, study finds.

'Faring Well' or Disappearing?

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WASHINGTON -- While women are underrepresented on the science faculties of research universities, they are more likely than men to be interviewed for tenure-track jobs and to receive job offers, and if they are hired and stay, they are at least as likely as men to receive tenure. Those are the conclusions of a study requested by Congress and released Tuesday by the National Academies.

Tenure's Value ... to Society

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A judge ruled last week in Colorado that not only is tenure a good thing for the professors who enjoy it, it is valuable to the public. Further, the court ruled that the value (to the public) of tenure outweighed the value of giving colleges flexibility in hiring and dismissing. That is a principle that faculty members say is very important and makes this case about much more than the specific issues at play.

Out of the Loop

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International survey finds that American faculty members don't feel that they have much influence over key aspects of higher education and most feel they haven't seen major improvements in working conditions during their careers.

Getting Out of Grading

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Duke's Cathy Davidson, calling the current process "meaningless" and "superficial," decides to turn evaluations over to her students.

'Academic Lives'

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When professors publish their memoirs, what do their stories say about themselves, the state of academe, and their disciplines? These are some of the issues addressed in Academic Lives: Memoir, Cultural Theory and the University Today (University of Georgia Press). The author is Cynthia Franklin, professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Franklin discussed her new book in an e-mail interview.

Q: What drew you to the topic of academic memoirs?



Worry, but Not Panic

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TIAA-CREF survey of academic employees nearing retirement age finds plenty of concern about finances, but relatively modest shifts in investment strategies.

Counting Faculty and Staff Absences

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U. of New Mexico introduces system aimed at spotting an H1N1 outbreak and helping administrators make decisions about illness-related closures. Some faculty skepticism ensues.

'Wannabe U'

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Want to know what faculty members really think about administrators these days? You may want to check out Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University (University of Chicago Press).

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