Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at The Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. She also has covered government and land use issues for newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008.

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April 28, 2017
Study suggests professors widely oppose campus carry as inimical to academic freedom, but fewer would alter their teaching habits under the law.
April 28, 2017
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and North Carolina are circulating bills that would require state universities to punish students who disrupt campus speech and remain neutral on political and social issues. Both are based on model legislation from the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank.
April 27, 2017
Response to Gap ad shows perils of attempting to define or monetize academic fashion.
April 26, 2017
Mary Beckerle was reinstated Tuesday to her position as director and CEO of the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Beckerle was fired suddenly via email last week, angering faculty members and the prominent Huntsman family of donors.
April 26, 2017
An assistant professor of aviation technology at Indiana State University in Terre Haute was arrested Monday on charges of obstruction of justice and harassment, RTV 6-ABC reported. Azhar Hussain is accused of sending emails containing anti-Muslim messages and threats to members of the campus community -- and naming himself as a target.
April 26, 2017
Collapse of undergraduate curricular reform at Duke illustrates the difficulty of building consensus on just what students need to learn.
April 25, 2017
Controversy over Alice Goffman's book lives on, with students at Pomona saying the sociologist's alleged racial insensitivities should disqualify her from a visiting professorship there.
April 24, 2017
A Texas appeals court last week granted an injunction to a 2008 chemistry Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin who’s fighting to keep her doctorate after accusations of scientific misconduct. Suvi Orr’s dissertation paper was retracted for unreproducible data in 2012, but she’s since argued that she misread data and didn’t falsify anything.
April 21, 2017
A death this week leads to renewed discussions about academics and mental health.
April 21, 2017
Faculty members at Fordham University voted no confidence this week in Father Joseph M. McShane, president, over what they’ve called “draconian” proposed cuts to their health care benefits. Other concerns include the university’s alleged refusal to discuss pay raises until the faculty accepts changes to their health care, the state of shared governance and the university’s opposition to a proposed part-time faculty union affiliated with Service Employees International Union. Some 488 of 611 eligible faculty members participated, with 431 voting no confidence.


February 26, 2015
Large-scale walkouts were few during National Adjunct Walkout Day, but dozens of campuses saw protests. Organizers say events brought new attention to poor wages and working conditions for those off the tenure track.
January 2, 2014
Judge upholds new Florida rules that would link evaluation of professors to such factors as learning gains and job placement.  
October 25, 2013
Oct. 25, 2013 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers explored the views of chief human resources officers on wellness-related penalties, adjuncts and health care, and ignorance about retirement, among other topics. The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On Nov. 13, Inside Higher Ed conducted a free webinar to discuss the results of the survey. Editor Doug Lederman and Sabrina Ellis of George Washington University analyzed the findings and answered readers' questions. To view the webinar, please click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of chief HR officers was made possible in part by advertising from TIAA-CREF.
November 20, 2012
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.
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