Another Reason to Nurture Student Leaders

To the Editor:

The recent essay you published, “How to Nurture Student Leaders” (The Chronicle, March 19), was great, and we have distributed it through the student government at my college. The piece was brought to my attention because our own institution is experiencing the sort of conflict between student leadership and administration described in the piece, and I took Costopoulos’ advice to heart. However, the author may have missed another reason for inviting student leaders into the fold.

Essay Mischaracterized Mission of Campus Watch

To the Editor:

Brian Leiter, in “Academic Ethics: Defending Faculty Speech” (The Chronicle, March 22), smears Campus Watch and mischaracterizes its mission.

Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, critiques Middle East studies by holding professors accountable for their work. It does not “police faculty speech”; how could it when it lacks any and all police power? It does not “inflame public opinion and incite harassment” of academics but engages in careful, multiple fact-check…

Charles Murray Is Not a Sociologist

To the Editor:

In your Ticker article, “Here’s Where Charles Murray, Whose Presence Inflamed Middlebury, Is Speaking Next” (The Chronicle, March 21), you refer to Charles Murray as a sociologist. Murray is NOT a sociologist. His Ph.D. is in political science and his bachelor’s degree is in history.

His infamous, and probably best known, work, The Bell Curve, is not a sociological analysis. The book argues that intelligence shapes social class, crime, and other social facts. He further contends t…

Wage Premiums Play Key Role in Gender Pay Gap

To the Editor:

To suggest “the pay gaps [is] unchanged … because male faculty members already earn more,” (“Gender Pay Gap Persists Across Faculty Ranks,The Chronicle, March 22) is a truism (and false). 

The wage gap among professors is more complicated than the past bleeding over into the present. Civil Rights began 53 years ago; the Equal Pay Act 54 years ago, and Title IX 45 years ago. Yet wage gaps persist.

The wage gap involves ongoing discrimination that unfortunately is not measured we…

When It Comes to Education, Print Is Still Best

To the Editor:

There are assumptions Jason B. Jones inherits from another blogger in his recent post, “How to Teach Students How to Read on Screens, and Why You Might Want To (The Chronicle, March 21), that are worth exploring further, especially for those of us who care deeply about teaching and learning. Most importantly, while it is no doubt true that it can be “democratizing” to teach digital reading and comprehension skills to college students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds…

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…