Humanities

Fight over layoffs at University of Southern Maine boils over

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Anger at faculty layoffs at Southern Maine boils over. Professors say administration is attacking tenure, pitting younger and older faculty members against one another, and undermining liberal arts.

Lost faculty job offer raises questions about negotiation strategy

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How one tenure-track candidate's attempts at negotiations resulted in her losing the offer entirely.

Researcher casts doubt on plagiarism detection software Turnitin's efficacy claims

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Did the plagiarism detection software Turnitin cut "unoriginal writing" by almost 40 percent? Not so fast, one researcher says.

To see how liberal arts grads really fare, report examines long-term data

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Over the arc of a career, humanities and social science graduates earn as much or more than those in professional fields, new study shows, and are equally employed.

At MLA meeting, digital humanists share both research and success stories

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Aided by successful new faculty members, the digital humanities claim a part of the MLA's annual meeting.

MLA Delegate Assembly narrowly votes to criticize Israel

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MLA Delegate Assembly narrowly approves controversial measure criticizing Israeli decisions on travel of scholars to the country and the West Bank. Should the meeting have been chaired by someone who backs boycott of Israel?

Speakers at MLA generally are skeptical of idea of shrinking Ph.D. programs

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Speakers at MLA meeting endorse many reforms of graduate education, but object to the idea that Ph.D. programs should shrink.

At MLA event and counter-event, debate over the Israel boycott

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At separate events at separate hotels, MLA panelists discuss the Israel boycott movement and academic freedom. Only those who attended both sessions heard divergent views.

Debate over panel at MLA raises issue of when balance matters

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Pro-Israel groups question why speakers at an MLA session on the Israel boycott all appear to favor it. Some of those speakers say there is nothing wrong with organizing a session that way.

Email to job candidates renews debate about conference interviewing

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Is it O.K. for a search committee to tell job candidates on January 3 that they do or do not have interviews at a disciplinary meeting that starts January 9?

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