Category Archives: The Profession

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Chicago State U. Enrolls Just 86 Freshmen This Fall

Chicago State University enrolled just 86 freshmen this fall semester, and its undergraduate enrollment has dropped by 32 percent over the past year, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The university now has a total of 3,578 students enrolled, and total enrollment is down by a quarter. This is just one of the many concerns for the struggling public university.

Just this month its president, Thomas Calhoun Jr,. was let go after only nine months at the helm.

Chicago State struggled to make it through th…

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Community College Disciplined Instructor After Student Handed Out Pro-Union Pens

Dave Berger, a sociology instructor at Inver Hills Community College, was banned from the campus for three months, starting in February, while the college investigated who was behind a student’s distribution of pens with the faculty-union label on it, the Star Tribune reports.

The Minnesota college accused Mr. Berger of pressuring a student to pass out the pens on his behalf. But Mr. Berger contends the student was coerced by a staff member to give false testimony.

Following the investigation, t…

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Bill in Congress Would Use Research Funds to Curb Sex Harassment in Academe

Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat of California, plans to introduce a bill on Thursday that would target sexual harassment in academe through the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and dozens of other federal agencies that award lucrative research and development grants.

The legislation states that, if a research professor is found responsible for violating a college’s sex-harassment policy, the college would be required to report the finding to all federal agencies t…

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Lafayette College Professor Who Went on Hunger Strike Is Denied Tenure Again

An assistant professor of Spanish at Lafayette College who went on a hunger strike to protest being denied tenure has been denied tenure again, WFMZ, a television station in eastern Pennsylvania, reported.

On September 15 the college’s Board of Trustees met to consider reversing its denial of Juan J. Rojo’s tenure bid, but on Tuesday the board sent him a letter stating that the decision remained unchanged.

Mr. Rojo began his hunger strike this month, after the college’s president denied his bid …

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U. of Kentucky Promises Reforms After Sexual-Misconduct Case

The University of Kentucky plans to carry out several reforms to protect students and employees from sexual harassment, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The reforms include better training for graduate students and faculty members, and establishing a process to review professors’ tenure if they are involved in sexual-misconduct cases. New faculty members will be required to fill out a questionnaire about previous sexual or research misconduct.

“Today, for example, there is a higher standard …

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Northwestern U. Lifts Ban Keeping Tenured Professor From Campus

Northwestern University has lifted a ban that prevented Jacqueline Stevens, a political-science professor, from going on the campus, The Daily Northwestern reports.

Ms. Stevens, a tenured professor, was banned from the campus in July, as part of university officials’ response to a dispute between Ms. Stevens and another faculty member. Officials told her to stay away until she underwent a “fitness for duty” evaluation by a health professional.

In March, Ms. Stevens got into a dispute with her as…

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U. of California at Berkeley Reinstates Course on Palestine

The University of California at Berkeley has reinstated an undergraduate course about the history of Palestine that it suspended on Tuesday, September 13, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

Last week Carla Hesse, dean of the College of Letters and Science, suspended the ethnic-studies course “Palestine: A Colonial Settler Analysis” over concerns that it was framed with a particular political agenda and may have violated UC policy against partisan courses and political indoctrination, acc…

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Jury Awards $367,000 in Tenure-Denial Lawsuit Against Saint Louis U.

A jury has ordered Saint Louis University to pay a former theology professor $367,000 for gender discrimination during her unsuccessful bid for tenure, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The faculty member, Cornelia Horn, was an assistant professor at the university from 2004 to 2012. In her lawsuit, she also accused the Jesuit institution of discouraging female faculty members from seeking tenure, and giving them less help than their male counterparts in preparing their tenure bids, the newsp…

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City College of N.Y. President Is Cleared in Dispute Over Spending From Arts Fund

A City University of New York investigation has exonerated the president of its City College campus of accusations that she improperly spent some $600,000 from an arts endowment on adjunct professors’ salaries, The New York Times reports.

The investigation, by CUNY’s general counsel, followed complaints by faculty members who were surprised to find this summer that the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Fund for the Arts, created with gifts from the Sosnoffs and previously used for arts programs, exhibits,…

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Former Law Dean Accused of Harassment Sues Berkeley

[Updated (9/15/2016, 8:44 p.m.) with comment from the university.]

A former dean of the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Law, Sujit Choudhry, has accused the university system of violating his right to due process of law and equal protection, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The suit, which follows a grievance filed in April, states that the university tried to deprive him of his salary, employment, and r…