Stanford's New Grants for the Humanities

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Winning research support is tough for faculty members in all disciplines -- and makes or breaks careers, especially at research universities. For those in the sciences, competition from many federal agencies has grown more intense in recent years, but there are still billions given out annually and even relatively junior professors can hope to land grants of significant size.

Race and Careers

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English and language professors consider how who they are affects their jobs -- and who gets hired for which positions.

Academic Fashions Aren't Just Sartorial

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At last year's annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Elisabeth Ladenson found herself in discussion with a bus dispatcher while waiting for a shuttle. "You all have that look," the dispatcher told Ladenson, an associate professor of French at Columbia University.

Rallying and Quibbling on Tenure Plan

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MLA proposal to change how professors are hired and promoted draws generally strong support -- and some objections on details.

Dramatic Plan for Language Programs

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Panel wants departments to move beyond literature -- with overhauls in staffing and curriculum for undergrad and Ph.D. education.

Radical Shift for MLA -- on Meeting Date

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Delegate Assembly rejects the use of the term "illegal alien" -- while measure to defend Ward Churchill is cast aside.

Banned in Akron

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Administrators bar selection of noted writer's work for freshmen to read because he was once in jail.

From Service Function to Discipline

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Professors of writing and rhetoric consider evolution of their role -- and the questions raised by more independence.

Fooling the College Board

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To demonstrate flaws of SAT writing test, MIT professor coached student on how to get a good score on a lousy essay -- and pulled it off.

Doing E-Portfolios Right

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As curricular approach spreads, composition professors adopt "best practices" statement.


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