Politics

Civility Code or Loyalty Oath?

Facing faculty revolt, president of Bergen Community College promises revisions in proposed rules on how students and professors interact.

Reaffirming the Right to Complain

Southern Illinois faculty win agreement with university two years after their grievances about a dean were disclosed in what they saw as retribution.

Faculty Are Liberal -- Who Cares?

New study -- by a bipartisan research team -- finds that professoriate indeed leans left, but there is no evidence that this tilt has any impact on students' views.

A Rare Performance Review Do-Over

What happens when a professor understands her hiring to be a joint appointment but her contract reflects otherwise?

Torture and Tenure

Civil liberties group organizes campaign to have controversial legal scholar fired. Some academics who find his views repulsive line up to defend him.

The Buck Stops Where?

Professors at West Virginia U., outraged by scandal, demand president's ouster. Will anyone listen?

Defining Political Correctness and Its Non-Impact

New analysis of faculty database finds identifiable group of professors with common views on bias, but no willingness to discriminate on politics -- and considerable success for the politically incorrect.

Big Argus Is Watching You

National Association of Scholars recruits volunteers to monitor what goes on at college campuses.

'The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure -- Without Losing Your Soul'

In The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure -- Without Losing Your Soul (Lynne Rienner), Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy offer both empathy and "to do" lists for African American scholars seeking tenure -- as well as some advice on what not to do. The book speaks particularly to black scholars who may be the only non-white professor in a department, or who are in a very small minority.

Presidential 'Pabulum' and a Professor's Punishment

The e-mail messages wouldn't have won Donald Steiner any dinner invitations to the president's home.

In one e-mail to a faculty discussion group at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Steiner -- a research professor -- responded to a recent message from President Shirley Jackson to the faculty by writing: "Sadly, I found more of the same subterfuge and insulting pabulum."

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