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. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn 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 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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December 13, 2018
State regulators are investigating Mani Pavuluri, a former professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who violated research protocols in her work with children with bipolar disorder.
December 12, 2018
Service Employees International Union withdrew its petition to form a non-tenure-track faculty union at Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science, both the university and the union said this week. “The union’s withdrawal marks a significant moment for the college,” John Geer, dean of arts and sciences, said in an announcement. “With the petition withdrawn, I look forward to working together to find solutions.”
December 11, 2018
New study says scientists are leaving academic work at unprecedented rate.
December 11, 2018
A new paper on the “Twin-Win Model” for research proposes a problem-oriented approach and the formation of teams that pursue “the dual goals of breakthrough theories in published papers and validated solutions that are ready for widespread dissemination.” There are many paths to this kind of research success, wrote author Ben Shneiderman, Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park, but “working on authentic problems with partners w
December 10, 2018
Eric Sprankle, an associate professor of psychology at Minnesota State University at Mankato, drew criticism online and off last week with his tweet about the immaculate conception and consent. The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.
December 10, 2018
Following through on an earlier threat, the University of Wisconsin System last week withheld a $25,600 performance raise from Joe Gow, chancellor of the La Crosse campus.
December 10, 2018
Derek Pyne, an associate professor of economics at Thompson Rivers University, in British Columbia, will return to teaching next month after being banned from campus, the CBC reported.
December 10, 2018
Are numbers of doctorates awarded finally starting to reflect the poor academic job market? New data show decline in nonscience and engineering degrees. Women continue to make gains.
December 10, 2018
Raynor Mullins, a retired professor of dentistry, will get $620,000 and be able to return to the University of Kentucky as part of a settlement with the institution, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
December 7, 2018
Some 90 professors at Dartmouth College have pledged to make “structural and cultural changes” following the departure earlier this year of three professors accused of sexual misconduct.


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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