Politics

Fraying of Academic Freedom

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Brigham Young places professor on leave over 9/11; Southern Maine shuts exhibit by man who killed police officer; and more incidents.

Political Shocker: Faculty Moderates

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New analysis suggests that the biggest trend in professorial politics is a shift to the center in many disciplines.

Uncertain Outcome for Accused Harvard Scholar

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University ends its ethics inquiry into Andrei Shleifer, who was charged with defrauding U.S. But was he punished?

Gallaudet Faculty Joins In

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Professors urge president-elect to resign and vote “no confidence” in current president and university’s trustees.

9/11 Skeptic Will Leave Post at Brigham Young

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Professor whom university stripped of teaching duties reaches agreement to retire early.

Searching for Answers at Gallaudet

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As board plans to meet, two sides differ strongly on why president-elect is so vehemently opposed.

Calm at Gallaudet

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With Jane Fernandes out, protesters open up the campus gates. But where will the university go now?

'Death of a Department Chair'

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Isabel Vittorio, who, as a department chair at the fictional Austin University, had variously “been described as narcissistic, charismatic, brilliant, and opportunistic” was found slumped over her desk in the Department of Literature and Rhetoric early on a Monday morning, her neck broken. What ensues as the murder investigation unfolds is a peek inside what author Lynn C. Miller called the closed, “wonderful dysfunctional family template” of a humanities department.

Who Won the Battle of Pennsylvania?

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As David Horowitz's prized legislative panel finishes work, he claims victory, but many academics say it debunked his claims.

'What Ever Happened to the Faculty?'

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Mary Burgan, former general secretary of the American Association of University Professors, is not happy about the trends she sees with regard to faculty rights. Traditional governance models are being replaced with strict hierarchies, and too many faculty members have too little influence in crucial decisions, she writes, in What Ever Happened to the Faculty? Drift and Decision in Higher Education, just published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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