Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his family in Bethesda, Md.

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April 16, 2009
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute on Wednesday invited nearly 200 institutions to compete for $85 million in grants aimed at stimulating more innovative approaches to teaching science. To supplement the Maryland medical institute's standard science education program, it is offering supplemental grants this year designed to encourage more experimentation with curricular and teaching methods.
April 16, 2009
Washington and Lee University has announced the return of a book to its library -- 52,858 days late. The book wasn't actually borrowed, but was taken by a Union soldier during the Civil War, when troops moved through Lexington, Va. in 1864. From an inscription written by the soldier, it appears that he thought he was taking the book from the library of the Virginia Military Institute (which is a neighbor to Washington and Lee). The book -- the first volume of W.F.P.
April 16, 2009
Student cheating, a common problem when it comes to American students, is complicated further when students cross cultures and ethical boundaries, sessions at registrars' meeting reveal.
April 15, 2009
As Europe looks enviously at U.S. research productivity, economists examine which policy changes are likely to spur innovation. (Hint: Autonomous universities and competition for funds.)
April 15, 2009
In two votes -- one for those on the tenure track and one for adjuncts -- faculty members at Montana State University at Bozeman have voted to unionize. The professors will be represented in separate units, but both are affiliated with the joint American Federation of Teachers-National Education Association state affiliate, which already represents faculty members in the rest of public higher education in the state.
April 15, 2009
Free Exchange on Campus has released a detailed critique of David Horowitz's new book, One Party Classroom, which identifies what Horowitz considers the 150 worst courses in the United States. As with previous Horowitz writing, much of the book is focused on previous writing by Horowitz and a review of course syllabuses.
April 15, 2009
Yale University has had a contentious history with its unions. But on Tuesday Yale and the UNITED HERE locals that represent the university's clerical, technical, service and maintenance unions announced tentative three-year contract deals, months before the expiration of current contracts. Yale and unions have been working to collaborate more and fight less, and both sides praised the agreement. The contracts include provisions for modest salary increases, job security measures, and an agreement to expand the unions' jurisdiction to new Yale campuses.
April 15, 2009
Virginia Tech's president has directed the dean of its College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences to rework tenure and promotion guidelines that critics complained required applicants to show that they have done work to promote diversity, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. In an e-mail message shared by the civil liberties group, a Virginia Tech spokesman confirmed that the provost, Mark McNamee, "has asked the college to rework its proposed guidelines.
April 15, 2009
Valley City State University, in North Dakota, has called off classes for the rest of the week because of flooding of the Sheyenne River. Local authorities have urged the evacuation of the area.
April 14, 2009
One of the most influential cultural theorists of her generation, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, died on Sunday following "a long and very public battle with cancer," in the words of David Manning, director of media relations for the CUNY Graduate Center, where Sedgwick was a distinguished professor of English.

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