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'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).

The Fix That Wasn't In

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When administrators send Mike McKinney an e-mail, they often begin with “Howdy.” It may seem an informal introduction, but the Texas A&M University chancellor invites that sort of thing. Such is the way in Texas, where major deals can be brokered over football games – and handshakes are expected to be honored like contracts, McKinney says.

“This is Texas,” says McKinney, who runs the 11-campus system. “This is not some other places. Don’t give your word until you’re ready to keep it, and once you give your word you have to keep your word.”

Non-Communication Association?

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Scholars who focus on rhetoric, persuasion and debate want to know why their disciplinary group doesn't seem to engage in those activities.

Rice at a Crossroads

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The fate of a merger with Baylor College of Medicine will likely be decided in the coming weeks, but concerns about the partnership remain pronounced.

Second Opinion

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With trust in short supply, increasingly skeptical faculty and students turn to independent auditors to analyze the state of university budgets.

New View of Faculty Liberalism

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Study links a range of factors -- including educational attainment, gap between educational attainment and expected income, and religion -- in making academe "politically typed."

Tenure Case Hinges on Collegiality

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Faced with charges that he's acted as a "bully" and sought revenge on colleagues who opposed him, a journalism professor at Ohio U. may sacrifice academe's coveted credential.

Limits on Presidents' Love Lives

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When Robert Zimmer separated from his wife and disclosed to trustees that he was romantically involved with a faculty member, the University of Chicago president gave rise to a host of thorny issues. How will conflicts of interest be resolved? How long will Zimmer’s estranged wife remain in the presidential residence, where official university functions are still taking place? And, more broadly, how might Zimmer’s own credibility be affected by his decision to date a professor on the campus?

Professor in Chief

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Obama's critics have again taken to deriding his professorial past, shedding light on longstanding stereotypes about academe.

Faculty Challenge Tenure Denial

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Ohio University professor denied tenure over collegiality issues was victim of a "tainted" process and should have been approved, a committee finds.

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