Politics

Reaffirming the Right to Complain

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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?

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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

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

Torture and Tenure

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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?

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

Defining Political Correctness and Its Non-Impact

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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

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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'

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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

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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."

Tolerant Faculty, Intolerant Students

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Seeking to respond to critics of perceived lack of intellectual diversity on campuses, Georgia higher ed system conducts statewide survey and finds the problem isn't professors.

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