Politics

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.

Capital City Rumble

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Years of political infighting between unions, lawmakers and system leaders come to a head at California State, and Sacramento is a particular hot spot.

When Professors Get Their Politics

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Theories abound about why academics are more liberal than are average citizens. Some blame bias, arguing that conservative scholars are denied positions. Others see self-selection at work, with academe attracting more liberal individuals, while conservatives are more likely to opt for other careers. Still others see some sort of socialization going on in graduate programs or early faculty careers, such that the young academic emerges on the left. And there are numerous other theories.

Prof's Sex Site Sparks Debate

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Kenneth Ng calls his Web site a primer for tourists headed to Thailand, but Fodor’s it ain’t.

Psst ... You're Fired

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If a public university president is forced out, does she make a sound? In most cases she does, but apparently not in some parts of Connecticut.

Disappearing Departments

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Kean University department chairs have spent a year on the endangered species list, and now they appear headed for all-but-certain extinction.

Profs Turned Pols

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From local school board races to Congressional campaigns, an effort is under way to push scientists out of the lab and onto the stump.

Is It a Sin?

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As a small Christian college in St. Paul, Minn., Bethel University seems like the kind of place where sharing would be commonplace. A recent plagiarism case on the campus, however, has plunged the college into a debate over the difference between collegial exchanges of course materials and the outright stealing of fellow professors’ ideas.

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