Professors

Can Free Speech Be Furloughed?

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The day after a peaceful protest over budget conditions at a California community college, four professors -- including a union president -- are placed on leave and banned from campus.

Seeking Tenure 'Conversion'

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In discussions about the use and abuse of adjunct faculty members, "conversion" is a controversial topic. Typically it refers to a decision by a college or university to convert some number of adjunct positions into a number (typically a smaller number) of tenure-track positions. The idea of conversion has been key to the reform proposals of national faculty groups.

DNA Swab for Your Job

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U. of Akron says all new employees must be willing to submit to an unusual test for academic employment. Adjunct leader quits in disgust.

When Is a Suspension Not a Suspension?

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Southwestern College says that barring professors from teaching or stepping on campus isn't a punishment.

The Uninsured Adjunct

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Suit in Massachusetts draws attention to lack of health coverage for many of those off the tenure track -- even those who work full time.

Labor College's Deal Questioned

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At many faculty gatherings these days, one hears quips and complaints about for-profit higher education. Professors who value what they consider essential and eroding traditions -- a significant tenure-track faculty and the centrality of the liberal arts, for example -- resent the adjunct-heavy, career-education dominant model of higher education that is widely used in for-profit higher ed. As a result, many faculty advocates are skeptical not only about for-profit higher education, but about the growing number of alliances between nonprofit colleges and for-profit colleges.

AAUP Forced to Redo Election

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U.S. Labor Department forces new procedure for selecting chair of the association's state conferences.

Salaries Fell for 32.6% of Faculty

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Median salary change for 2009-10 was 0%. Disciplinary gaps remain significant.

Apology Ends Defamation Suit

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Publisher of newsletter that criticizes CUNY's faculty union sees vindication, as litigation ends without his having to pay anything. But the plaintiff sees victory as well.

What Part-Timers Want

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National survey finds generally high job satisfaction, but many fault salaries, lack of health insurance or difficulty of moving to full-time faculty ranks.

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