Humanities

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?

Kansas regents adopt policy on when social media use can get faculty fired

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Months after a professor's comments on Twitter set off a controversy, Kansas Board of Regents adopts policy on when professors and other employees can be fired for "improper use of social media."

Chicago community college faculty object to idea of being fingerprinted daily

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Should faculty be forced to check in every day by fingerprint? Chicago community college faculty members object to that possibility.

Council of American Studies Association backs boycott of Israeli universities

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Council of American Studies Association endorses plan to cut ties to Israeli universities and urges its members to vote for such a move.

Study finds that Ph.D.s who write interdisciplinary dissertations earn less

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If you combine two disciplines in your dissertation, you can expect to earn less than you would otherwise in the year after finishing your doctorate, study finds.

UNC institution looking at cutting physics, history, political science and more

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One North Carolina university, prodded by the state, may kill its history, political science and physics majors, among others.

Faculty-sharing experiment is working out the kinks

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A much-hyped faculty-sharing experiment among several small colleges seemed promising when it was announced a few years ago. But sharing isn't as straightforward at it seems.

Government shutdown curbs academic research at many levels

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Research nationwide was interrupted Wednesday as the federal government shutdown continued for a second day.

 

Newspaper column on 'Death of an Adjunct' prompts debate

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Adjuncts across the country share a newspaper column about the death of a longtime, penniless Duquesne U. instructor who they say illustrates the plight of part-time faculty.

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