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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).

Stimulus for Humanities Job Market

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American Council of Learned Societies and Mellon Foundation, worried about disappearance of posts, create fellowships that will give new Ph.D.'s two-year jobs at top colleges and universities, with health insurance and low teaching loads.

Toward Tobacco-Free Campuses

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College health group urges members to ban the use of all tobacco products, outdoors and indoors, ending exemption for designated smoking areas.

Tenure-o-meter

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Meet the meta-analytic tool designed to boil down a scholar's life's work to the size of a credit score.

'No University Is an Island'

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It's been more than a decade since Cary Nelson summed up his views on problems facing higher education in Manifesto of a Tenured Radical. As Nelson would be the first to admit, the issues he identified in that book have not changed -- or at least not in the direction he would want.

MLAde Is Back -- Now on Twitter

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Now annual parody of Modern Language Association -- like the group itself -- switches formats and focuses on job woes.

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