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'I Am Less Patient and Dress Better'

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SEATTLE -- Stories abound in higher education about professors with short memories about faculty life once they are promoted into the dean's office or the administration building. Nothing is more galling to many professors than the sense that Dean Jones or Vice Provost Smith really should know better -- they were so nice, after all, when they had the (smaller) office next door and shared teaching duties.

When Are Cancer Cases More Than Coincidence?

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Eight women who work in literature building at UC San Diego have had breast cancer since 2000. Two died. Walkout planned to demand action against "cluster" in facility university insists is safe.

One Too Many

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As the University of Florida struggles with budget cuts, a professor is challenging a decision to increase her teaching load to three courses a year.

The 'Black Box' of Peer Review

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Countless decisions in academe are based on the quest for excellence. Which professors to hire and promote. Which grants to fund. Which projects to pursue. Everyone wants to promote excellence. But what if academe actually doesn’t know what excellence is?

Shifting Faculty Mission

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Survey finds significant three-year growth in percentage of professors who see their role as encouraging understanding of diversity and promoting service.

'The Knowledge-Politics Problem'

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In the ongoing debates over professors’ politics, right-wing critics make much of the fact that many surveys have found professors -- especially in the humanities -- to be well to the left of the American public. This political incongruence is frequently used as a jumping off point to suggest that professors are indoctrinating students with leftist ideas.

Defeating Post-Tenure Review

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Maryland faculty kill plan that could have led to pay cuts for a small number of professors, after three years of negative evaluations. Students liked the idea.

How to View the Market

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In podcast interview, TIAA-CREF investment guru shares perspectives on the economic mess -- and how it may change (or not change) the strategies of academics at all stages of their careers.

Revolt Against Outsourced Courses

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Students at small state university -- discovering that their university awards credit for classes taught by online, for-profit company -- set off debate on what college instruction should be.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

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SAN DIEGO -- You know the stereotypes -- perhaps even believe them. College administrators these days care only for the bottom line. Professors can't decide anything or ever endorse change. When professors become department chairs or deans, they cross over to the "dark side," and forget their old values and friends.

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