Category Archives: The Profession

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UC-Berkeley Fires Professor Accused of Harassing Students

The University of California at Berkeley has fired a professor after a committee found that he sexually harassed four students. The professor denies the allegations.

Blake Wentworth, an assistant professor in the department of South and Southeast Asian studies, had been suspended since June of last year in connection with the claims.

“The committee found by clear and convincing evidence that Wentworth had engaged in the misconduct and recommended his dismissal,” a news release from the unive…

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NLRB Issues Second Decision Allowing the Unionization of Undergraduates

The National Labor Relations Board has cleared the way for the unionization of student employees of the University of Chicago’s libraries, marking the second time this spring that it has declared undergraduate students eligible to bargain collectively.

In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, Peter Sung Ohr, director of the NLRB’s regional office in Chicago, rejected the university’s argument that the paid student workers in its libraries should be precluded from unionization because its relation…

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Yale Dean Is Suspended in Connection With Offensive Yelp Reviews

Yale University on Thursday suspended one of its deans in connection with a series of classist and sometimes racially charged reviews on the website Yelp, the Associated Press reports.

June Chu, the suspended administrator, didn’t immediately return calls or comments to the Associated Press on Thursday. Ms. Chu, dean of Pierson College, fell under scrutiny after the Yale Daily News reported she had used the crowdsourcing website to take shots at restaurants and businesses around New Haven, Conn.

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Nashville State Is Accused of Spying on Investigation of Its Oppressive Climate

Nashville State Community College maintains such an oppressive climate for its faculty members that it sought to monitor and interfere with efforts to ask them about it, according to a report commissioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Nashville State’s executives sought to surreptitiously identify which faculty members were being confidentially interviewed by investigators from Middle Tennessee State University. Several administrators, including George H. Van Allen, the college’s presid…

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Caltech Students Protest Return of Professor From Suspension

A professor at the California Institute of Technology who was suspended for allegedly harassing his graduate students was back on the campus this month, prompting dozens of students to protest on Tuesday afternoon, reports BuzzFeed.

Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics, had returned to the campus to observe a student’s thesis defense. The news website reports that dozens of students sat in silence in the astronomy department, and one carried a sign that declared, “To suppor…

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Mills College Declares Financial Emergency and May Cut 30 to 35 Jobs

Mills College, a liberal-arts institution for women in Oakland, Calif., declared a financial emergency on Tuesday as a first step toward dealing with financial challenges, including a projected $9.1-million deficit in the coming fiscal year.

In a news release and in a statement emailed to faculty, staff, and students on Tuesday afternoon, the college described the Board of Trustees’ approval of the declaration of emergency as a step that authorizes Mills to restructure all of its expenses in p…

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Texas A&M President Calls Professor’s Remarks ‘Disturbing’

Updated (5/11/2017, 5:10 p.m.) with comment from Professor Curry.

The president of Texas A&M University at College Station has rebuked a professor after a conservative commentator drew attention to four-year-old remarks in which the scholar referred to the killing of white people.

In a column in The American Conservative titled “When Is It OK to Kill Whites?,” Rod Dreher describes comments by Tommy Curry, an associate professor of philosophy at A&M, as “racist bilge.” In a second post Mr. Dreher…

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Tennessee Law Is Hailed as Offering Unprecedented Protection of Campus Speech

A new Tennessee law prohibits public colleges from disinviting speakers based on their controversial viewpoints or from charging student groups higher security fees to host speakers expected to trigger unrest.

Among its other provisions, the measure, signed on Tuesday by Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, requires colleges to adopt broad protections of free expression consistent with a landmark statement adopted in 2015 by the University of Chicago. It also bars public colleges from limiting studen…

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Faculty Votes No Confidence in President of Cal State San Bernardino

Following a heated debate on Tuesday, the Faculty Senate at California State University at San Bernardino voted no confidence in the institution’s president, Tomás D. Morales.

The Press-Enterprise reported that the measure passed, 21 to 15, following an hourlong discussion about what some faculty members viewed as a toxic campus climate and complaints over shared governance. Tensions have built for some time on the San Bernardino campus, where last year faculty members were planning a work stopp…

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Duke Professor Resigns After Facing Discipline for Challenging Diversity Training

Paul Griffiths, a professor of Catholic theology at Duke University, has resigned after facing discipline for his barbed criticisms of diversity training, a fellow faculty member confirmed.

Mr. Griffiths, who did not respond to emails seeking comment, has abruptly announced his decision to resign, effective in the spring of 2018, according to Thomas Pfau, a professor of English and fellow member of the Duke Divinity School’s faculty. The resignation followed months in which Mr. Griffiths clashed…