Category Archives: The Profession

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In Milestone, Columbia U. Graduate Students Vote to Unionize

[Updated (12/9/2016, 5:16 p.m.) with comments from the university.]

Research and teaching assistants at Columbia University have voted to unionize as the Graduate Workers of Columbia, an affiliate of the United Auto Workers union, according to a news release issued on Friday by the union.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled in August that graduate students who serve as research and teaching assistants at Columbia were primarily employees, not students, and so could unionize under federal la…


Wisconsin Regents Approve Post-Tenure Policies Condemned by Faculty

University of Wisconsin system regents on Thursday approved a new policy mandating that administrators conduct “independent, substantive reviews” of tenured faculty members every five years, The Journal Sentinel reports. While top administrators already have authority over post-tenure reviews, faculty critics have worried aloud that the change — which makes administrators’ duties in the area explicit — will make it easier for professors to be fired.

The new policy comes amid longstanding angst o…


Virginia Military Institute Defends Use of Coloring Sheets at Campus Event

The Virginia Military Institute’s superintendent has defended its annual “Reading Day,” an event that’s faced some backlash for trying to relieve stress by, among many other things, offering students coloring sheets, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

A poster for the event, which is scheduled for next Wednesday, sparked controversy when online commenters complained that it would coddle the institute’s cadets. “Reading Day” is an optional event designed to help students reduce stress. Activiti…


Student Is Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of U. of Southern California Professor

[Updated (12/3/2016, 1:40 p.m.) to include further details about the suspect.]

A graduate student has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reports. The professor, Bosco Tjan, was stabbed multiple times in the campus’s Seeley G. Mudd building on Friday afternoon. Mr. Tjan was a co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. He joined the USC faculty in 2001.

In a message to the campus, P…


U. of Pennsylvania Provost Is Named New President of Duke U.

Vincent Price, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, was named on Friday as Duke University’s 10th president, the university said in a news release.

The university’s Board of Trustees elected Mr. Price to replace President Richard H. Brodhead. In April, Mr. Brodhead announced that he would step down from his post this coming summer.

Mr. Price has worked as Penn’s provost since 2009. He is also a political-science professor and a communication professor at Penn. He will start his new positi…


Chancellor Gets No-Confidence Vote at Indiana U.-Purdue U. Campus

The Faculty Senate at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne approved on Monday a resolution expressing no confidence in the leadership of the campus’s chancellor, Vicky L. Carwein, The News-Sentinel, a local newspaper, reported.

Faculty concerns about the chancellor relate both to her responses to financial pressures on the university, which is known as IPFW, and to her efforts to preserve IPFW’s status as a combined Indiana-Purdue campus. A legislative working group has recommended…


Cornel West Reportedly Will Return to Teach at Harvard

Cornel R. West, the prominent activist and African-American-studies scholar who broke with Harvard University 14 years ago, has been invited back to the university to teach, The New York Times reports.

Mr. West left Harvard for Princeton University in 2002 after a high-profile dispute with Harvard’s president at the time, Lawrence H. Summers. In 2012, Mr. West became a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary, in New York. He now holds emeritus-professor statu…


Rutgers Adjunct Lecturer Is Removed From Classroom After Controversial Tweets

The Rutgers University lecturer who said he had been asked by the police to undergo a psychological exam after writing a series of controversial posts on Twitter has been removed from the classroom and placed on paid administrative leave, campus officials told The Star-Ledger on Friday.

Kevin Allred, an adjunct part-time lecturer in women’s and gender studies, had posted a tweet after Donald J. Trump won the U.S. presidential election that said, “Will the 2nd amendment be as cool when I buy a gu…


Oberlin College Fires Professor Over Anti-Semitic Social-Media Posts

Oberlin College on Tuesday fired a controversial faculty member who had drawn fierce criticism for social-media posts in which she claimed that “Israeli and Zionist Jews” were responsible for the 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.

In a statement, the Ohio college’s Board of Trustees said it had voted to dismiss Joy D. Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition, effective immediately.

Ms. Karega had been on paid leave since August, when the liberal-arts college’s faculty op…


Cornell U. Names U. of Michigan Provost as Its Next President

Martha E. Pollack, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, was elected on Monday as Cornell University’s 14th president by the its Board of Trustees, according to a news release from Cornell.

She will take office on April 17, 2017, the release says, and will succeed Hunter R. Rawlings III, Cornell’s interim president. Mr. Rawlings, who had served as Cornell’s 10th president, was named interim president after the untimely death of Pres…