Category Archives: The Profession

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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…

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Jury Awards $2.5 Million to Ex-Employee at UC-Riverside in Gender-Bias Case

A jury has ordered the University of California to pay a former employee on its Riverside campus $2.5 million for violating state law when it fired her after she reported gender discrimination, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Michele Coyle, who was chief campus counsel until 2012, filed a civil complaint in 2015 alleging that she and other female staff members had been the victims of “rampant gender discrimination” by the university’s executive vice chancellor at the time, Dallas M. Rabenstein.

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U. of Michigan Says Racist Emails, Purportedly From Professor, Were Forged

Racist and anti-Semitic emails sent to students at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor on Tuesday, purportedly from a computer-science professor, are forgeries, the Associated Press reports.

The forged emails appeared to come from J. Alex Halderman, a computer-security and privacy expert, and a vocal advocate of recounts in several states following the election of President Trump. According to the AP, it is unknown whether Mr. Halderman was a target as a result of his advocacy.

In response t…

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U. of Alaska President Gets Second Vote of No Confidence

James R. Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska system, has received his second vote of no confidence in a month, this time by the Faculty Senate on the system’s Fairbanks campus.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported that faculty members in Fairbanks had voted 26 to 12 on a resolution that criticized Mr. Johnsen for the “Strategic Pathways” initiative, which faculty members have complained leaves them out of decision making about the system’s priorities. In January the University of Alaska …

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New Study Charts Recent Proliferation of Faculty Unions

The number of faculty unions at the nation’s colleges has surged, with most of the growth the result of efforts by the Service Employees International Union to organize private colleges’ non-tenure-track instructors, a new study has found.

In the first nine months of 2016 alone, the National Labor Relations Board certified 20 new collective-bargaining units at private colleges, concludes the study, published online this week in the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy. SEIU’s organizi…

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Judge Sides With U. of Kentucky in Fight Over Openness and Privacy

[Updated (1/24/2017, 3:40 p.m.) with additional details and reaction.]

A Kentucky Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of the University of Kentucky in its lawsuit against the university’s student newspaper, which had been seeking records regarding sexual-assault allegations against a professor.

Judge Thomas L. Clark found that the investigation file involving the professor, James D. Harwood, was protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Mr. Harwood, an associate professor…

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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…

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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.

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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…