Human resources

Court ruling may help gay employees with partners in states without marriage equity

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Federal judge's ruling involving community college professor suggests new legal strategy for same-sex couples who work in public higher ed in states that ban gay marriage.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of professor who talked about sex with students

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Appeals court finds Slippery Rock U. was within its rights to dismiss a tenured professor for sex discussions with students on a spring break trip he led.

String of unseemly revelations about Rutgers athletic staff calls vetting process into question

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New Jersey's flagship university comes under fire for its screening and hiring process yet again, following abuse and discrimination allegations against its new athletics director.

Proposed policy at Florida Gulf Coast raises question of what a university is entitled to track about faculty members

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Proposed policy at Florida Gulf Coast U. raises question of what a university is entitled to track about every professor.

College cuts adjuncts' hours to avoid Affordable Care Act costs

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At one community college, the national health-care law would have assured adjuncts access to health insurance, but the institution is cutting their hours to avoid the requirement.

Many universities still have ad-hoc policies about lactation resources

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An American U. professor set off a debate over breast-feeding in class. Not everyone agrees on that issue, but most experts say colleges should make it easy for breast-feeding employees to pump. Are institutions doing their part?

Colorado State criticized for job posting favoring recent Ph.D.s

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Colorado State job ad says candidates must have earned Ph.D.s in 2010 or later -- and the unusual requirement has some academics seeing unfair bias against those who entered the job market at a terrible time.

 

Unusually public discussion of breast-feeding while teaching

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When student journalists asked professor about how she fed her sick infant during first day of class, she objected -- and told her story online. Amid all the discussion of family-friendly policies, is this an issue that remains undiscussed?

Faculty union in large community college system agrees to performance pay

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Faculty union at City Colleges of Chicago agrees to unusual, controversial contract, phasing out "step" raises and creating bonuses based on student outcomes.

Retirements spike at Illinois universities due to pension changes

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A change in the way the state calculates future pension payments for those in public universities prompted many to retire before July 2, months and years before they planned to do so.

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