Voltaire Wasn't Cut Out to Be an Iowa State TA

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At the best of all possible universities, teaching assistants feel appreciated by their superiors and cherish all of their students, and everyone works in harmony. Not, apparently, at Iowa State University.

Buying Its Way Onto the Program?

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Turnitin.com wants to pay for instructors to apply to present at scholarly meetings -- and talk about how successful its services are.

English for Graduate Students

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Going beyond TOEFL, U. of Alabama at Birmingham tests international graduate students on their ability to perform high-level academic work in English.

Early Decision -- for Faculty Jobs

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In humanities fields where interviews typically take place in December and January, some departments are moving up the deadlines, winnowing and hiring.

College Bans Nietzsche Quote on Prof's Door

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"God is dead." That phrase, from Friedrich Nietzsche's The Gay Science, is among the philosopher's most well known -- and most hotly debated.

At Temple College, a community college in Texas, the words in the original German -- Gott ist tot -- have been barred from a professor's office door. While the college says that to leave the phrase up would offend others and constitute and endorsement of the phrase, the professor and others see a double standard in place, and a violation of academic freedom.

The Tightening Humanities Job Market

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With big disciplinary meetings about to start, some reliable measures start to appear about how many colleges are really hiring -- and the news isn't good.

English, Redefined, at Harvard

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New proposed curriculum for majors would replace historical survey courses with a series of smaller seminars, prompting questions on what's lost as well as gained.

The Adjunctification of English

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MLA seeks to highlight -- and reverse -- the increasing use of non-tenure-track professors to teach writing and literature.

Coherence, Literature, Languages

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New report suggests goals for undergraduate majors in English and foreign languages -- including a "radical stance" that all such majors know both English and one other language well.

The Teaching Paradox

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Women who teach English and other languages are more satisfied with classroom work than other aspects of their jobs, but report shame over pride in areas other than research, survey finds.


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