Category Archives: The Profession

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Wayne State U. Seeks to Revoke Tenure of 5 Medical-School Professors

Wayne State University is trying to revoke the tenure of five professors at its medical school for allegedly underperforming in their academic duties, according to The Detroit News.

Hearings to withdraw tenure from the professors began on Wednesday. All told, the university is eyeing 37 members of the faculty at the medical school who could either retire or be terminated for “grossly underperforming.” The five faculty members also appeared on a list of “60 to 80 unproductive medical-school fac…

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Iowa State U. Defends 9/11 Assignment Against Lawmaker’s Criticism

When an Iowa State University lecturer assigned students to write about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, from the perspective of a terrorist group, he drew harsh criticism from an Iowa legislator, but campus administrators have defended the assignment.

The 500-word paper was part of an online course taught by James Strohman for the university’s department of world languages and cultures, The Des Moines Register reported. The assignment has been part of the course for years, but it r…

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Adjuncts at Colorado Community Colleges Lack Academic-Freedom Protections, AAUP Says

The American Association of University Professors is citing the firing of a Colorado adjunct instructor as evidence of a broader lack of academic freedom for part-time faculty members throughout that state’s community-college system.

The case of Nathanial Bork, who lost his job at the Community College of Aurora last fall after he complained to its accreditor about a new curriculum there, “exposes the absence of adequate procedural protections for the adjunct faculty in the regulations of the …

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Trump Will Propose Shutting Down National Arts and Humanities Endowments

President Trump plans to propose eliminating the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities in his budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which is scheduled to be released Thursday morning, The New York Times reports.

The Times report cited two unnamed officials with knowledge of a meeting on Wednesday at which Jane Chu, chairwoman of the arts endowment, disclosed the plan to her staff.

The news was not unexpected, as The Hill reported in January that Mr. Trump, who at the time had not yet ta…

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Northwestern U. Is Accused of Violating Academic Freedom

Northwestern University engaged in “serious violations of academic freedom” both in its dealings with a bioethics journal that published a controversial article and in its investigation of Laura Kipnis, a film professor whom students accused of wrongdoing over her essay criticizing its sexual-misconduct policies, a faculty panel has concluded.

In a report on its findings, the Northwestern Faculty Senate’s ad hoc committee on academic freedom urges the university to revise its sexual-harassment…

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Legislative Panel Seeks to Open ‘Intellectual Diversity’ Office at U. of Tennessee

A committee of Tennessee lawmakers voted on Wednesday to spend nearly half a million dollars to open an office at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that would “encourage more people with conservative views to speak their minds,” reported The Tennessean.

The move followed the state legislature’s vote, in 2016, to take $436,000 from the university’s diversity office and add it to a scholarship fund for minority engineering students.

In Wednesday’s vote, the State Senate’s education committe…

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75 Nontenure Jobs to Be Cut at U. of Oregon, Faculty Union Says

The University of Oregon is preparing to lay off around 75 members of its nontenured faculty in an effort to save money, according to a report by the The Register-Guard.

The university’s labor union, United Academics, told the newspaper that plans would include 25 cuts from the College of Arts and Science, 25 from the College of Education, and 25 from other departments.

The university is facing an $8.8-million budget shortfall in 2017-18 because of increasing salaries and retirement benefits, th…

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French Scholar on Way to Speak at Texas A&M Was Detained at Airport for 10 Hours

A visiting scholar who was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University at College Station was detained at Houston International Airport last week and was about to be deported before university officials reached customs agents at the airport and persuaded them they were making a mistake, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

The scholar, Henry Rousso, is a senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who studies the history and memory of traumatic pasts, especially o…

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Graduate Students in 6 Departments at Yale Vote to Unionize

After months of legal disputes, graduate students in six academic departments at Yale University have voted to unionize, joining the union of graduate employees, Local 33, on Thursday, the Yale Daily News reports.

The departments of English, geology and geophysics, history, history of art, mathematics, and sociology voted to join the union in the elections. Students in two other departments, East Asian languages and literatures and political science, are still waiting on the results of challenge…

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Student Is Suspended for Filming Instructor Who Made Anti-Trump Remarks

Orange Coast College, a community college in California, has suspended a student for filming a faculty member who expressed anti-Trump sentiments in class last year, The Orange County Register reports.

The student, Caleb O’Neil, filmed his psychology instructor, Olga Perez Stable Cox, making comments about President Trump’s election during her human-sexuality class. In the video, Ms. Cox, who has taught at the college for more than 40 years, can be heard voicing concern about antigay sentim…