Category Archives: The Profession

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Anchorage Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in U. of Alaska President

The University of Alaska at Anchorage’s Faculty Senate voted no confidence last week in the university system’s president, James R. Johnsen.

The Friday vote, reported in the Alaska Dispatch News, was in response to changing university priorities following a $50-million cut in state funding over two years.

As part of its “Strategic Pathways” initiative, begun last year, the university consolidated its three education programs into a single entity on the Juneau campus, leaving Anchorage and Fairba…


Colleges Are Accused of Using Civics Instruction to Promote Liberal Activism

Colleges can expect to see their civics-education offerings come under fire from conservatives as a result of a report issued on Tuesday by the National Association of Scholars, an advocacy group.

The NAS, which takes a traditionalist view of higher education, argues in its report that a “New Civics” movement in higher education has supplanted objective teaching about the United States’ system of government with efforts to encourage students to engage in liberal or leftist political activism.


New Federal Guidance Is Hailed as Helping Adjuncts Collect Unemployment

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued long-awaited guidance clarifying when states should deem colleges’ contingent faculty members eligible for unemployment compensation.

The department’s new guidance spells out what criteria the state agencies should use in determining whether such instructors have lost their jobs — rendering them eligible for unemployment compensation — or are simply without work during the summer months. It includes criteria for determining whether colleges had previo…


MLA Delegates Reject Call for an Academic Boycott of Israel

The Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly on Saturday defeated a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel and voted to move forward for consideration by the entire MLA membership another resolution that urges the association to refrain from endorsing a campaign for such boycotts, according to a posting on MLA Commons.

The group’s Executive Council will examine and may modify the anti-boycott resolution before forwarding it to the membership. In 2014, the membership defeated


Twin Surprises at Suffolk U.: an Extra Paycheck and a Demand to Return It

[Updated (1/6/2017, 4:28 p.m.) with a statement from the university.]

Some employees at Suffolk University were surprised on Thursday to see an extra paycheck in their bank accounts, The Boston Globe reports, and still more surprised over the university’s insistence that they return the money.

In an internal email obtained by the Globe, the Massachusetts college said that a vendor had mistakenly deposited the funds during a test of a new payroll system. When faculty members saw the unexpected nu…


American Council on Education President to Step Down

Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, will step down on October 31, the group announced on Tuesday in a news release.

Ms. Broad, the first woman to lead the organization, became ACE’s 12th president, in 2008.

As the group’s head, Ms. Broad led the modernization of the GED testing program, oversaw efforts to help college presidents and chancellors ensure integrity in their athletics programs, and promoted the benefits of a diverse student body, according to the rele…


Drexel Calls Professor’s Controversial Tweets Protected Speech

Drexel University on Thursday called a professor’s controversial social-media remarks “protected speech,” after the professor sparked an uproar online by tweeting that “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.”

George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, drew harsh criticism over the tweet, which he posted on Christmas Eve. He followed up the post with another that stated, “To clarify: When the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that wa…


U. of Oregon Law Professor Who Wore Blackface Violated Policy, Report Says

Nancy Shurtz, a law professor at the University of Oregon, committed “discriminatory harassment” by wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume during a party at her house, according to an investigative report released on Wednesday by the university.

After the party Ms. Shurtz was placed on leave, and some of her law colleagues called on her to resign. In a written statement, the university’s provost said any disciplinary action taken against Ms. Shurtz would be confidential.

According to t…


Most Colleges Will Change Overtime Policies Despite Judge’s Blocking of New Rule

A majority of colleges will proceed with at least some of the changes they’d planned to comply with a new federal rule on overtime pay that was blocked last month by a federal judge, according to a survey of 495 institutions by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The new rule, which had been expected to take effect on December 1, would increase the pool of employees eligible for overtime pay, from those earning up to $23,000 annually to those earning up to a …


U. of New Mexico President Will Step Down Early

Robert G. Frank, president of the University of New Mexico, will leave office on December 31, five months early, the Associated Press reports.

News of his early departure followed an external investigation into whether Mr. Frank had created a hostile work environment at the university.

The university’s Board of Regents on Tuesday reached an agreement with Mr. Frank covering his stepping down. He will be on a paid professional-development leave of absence that will end when his original contract …