Research Deregulation in Psychology Not Cause for Celebration

To the Editor:

Richard A Shweder and Richard E. Nisbett make the case that research deregulation is a positive development (“Long-Sought Research Deregulation Is Upon Us. Don’t Squander the Moment,The Chronicle, March 12). It comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with deceptive research practices, the abrogation or distortion of informed consent, minimal or no debriefing, misconduct (falsification, fabrication, plagiary), and the harm that ensues (in the infamous Tuskegee, Milgram, and Zimba…

Steps Colleges Can Take to Avoid What Happened at Middlebury

To the Editor:

I enjoyed your even-handed article “What Could Middlebury Have Done to Avoid a Free-Speech Fracas?” (The Chronicle, March 7). Middlebury faculty and administrators seem genuinely perplexed by what to do about the protests that erupted in violence over a presentation by Charles Murray.

The answer to their puzzlement isn’t hard, though it will take a good measure of self-discipline by university faculty and administrators.

Step 1. You have to prohibit non-university personnel from a…

Give Foreign Scholars a Printout of Regulations to Show Customs Agents

To the Editor:

Your article about a French professor who was detained at the airport for almost 10 hours, and then almost deported, because of a misunderstanding about how an honorarium he was to receive for participating in a symposium at Texas A&M affected his visa status (it didn’t),  is distressing for at least two reasons (“French Scholar on Way to Speak at Texas A&M Was Detained at Airport for 10 Hours,The Chronicle, February 26).

First, it could happen to any American university which i…

Using Executive Search Firms Should Not Be Considered a Given

To the Editor:

Despite what Mr. Perlmutter admits is the widely held view that executive search firms are “mercenaries,” he uncritically accepts that these are a fixture of the academic landscape (“Administration 101: Working With Executive Search Firms,The Chronicle, March 5). In fact, his piece only reinforces this view by recommending ways in which prospective administrators can gain the attention of headhunters and work hand-in-hand with them to advance their ambitions.

Mr. Perlmutter’s …

Amherst Leaders Showed Bad Judgment in Treatment of Coach

To the Editor:

In his article on class and race divisions in college sports at Amherst College (“Behind Ugly Locker-Room Talk, Divisions of Class and Race,The Chronicle, February 19), Jack Stripling opens to public view previously undisclosed details of the resignation of the men’s cross-country team coach, Ned Nedeau. I am among the people Mr. Stripling invited to speak with him when he visited Amherst; like the great majority of those he contacted, I did not accept his invitation. Now, howev…

Column on Assessment & Evaluation Was Grossly Narrow and Unfair

To the Editor:

As a skilled and respected assessment and evaluation specialist in higher education, I found Ms. Mentor’s recent column, “You Will Be Assessed and Found Mediocre” (The Chronicle, February 15), to be grossly narrow in its treatment of a broad domain and an overwhelmingly vicious review of an entire profession.

Ms. Mentor fails to recognize the numerous purposes and approaches to A&E. My own experience does not resemble anything close to the “power-hungry spirit” Ms. Mentor so adama…

To Protect Undocumented Students, Prepare for Study-Abroad Option

To the Editor:

Looking ahead to the threats posed by the kinds of enforcement activities that undocumented students may face, it is important to consider as wide a range of responses as possible in order to protect their rights, secure their safety, and foster their growth, education, and subsequent success in life.

One option worth considering would be to use the sites schools have abroad as safe havens for their students. Should the point arrive at which an undocumented student faces the immed…

Video Recordings Can Ensure Voting Integrity

To the Editor:

In your article, “Professor Who Urged an Election Recount Thinks Trump Won, but Voting Integrity Still Concerns Him” (The Chronicle, February 23), Professor Halderman is asked how election tallies should be verified, assuming all precincts rely solely on paper ballots.  He responds: “There is one easy and cheap thing that we could do, which is to statistically sample precincts after each federal election and just have people manually count those precincts until we have a high leve…

Why Give Space to Writing Teachers Who Lack Passion or Knowledge?

To the Editor:

The exchange between Teller, Shearer Stewart, and Hesse about writing pedagogy gave me déjà vu (“Are We Teaching Composition All Wrong?The Chronicle, October 3, 2016), (“No, We’re Not Teaching Composition ‘All Wrong’,The Chronicle, November 21, 2016), (“We Know What Works in Teaching Composition,The Chronicle, January 3). It’s worth noting some patterns among Chronicle critics of writing instruction.

Chronicle critics question course outcomes. In 2009, Prince argued that the…

Article on Conservative Students Recording Professors Was One-Sided

To the Editor:

The recent article about the Conservative Political Action Conference encouraging students to record their professors had the chance to bring an informed voice to an important issue that is likely to grow in the coming years, but instead it was essentially free advertising for Campus Reform and its agenda (“Campus Conservatives Get a Lesson in Activism: When Professors Start Ranting, Start Filming,The Chronicle, February 23).

After an opening section that reads like a flyer for …