Category Archives: The Profession

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Harvard Withdraws Chelsea Manning’s Visiting Fellowship After CIA Chief’s Challenge

Harvard University’s Kennedy School has rescinded a visiting-fellow invitation to Chelsea Manning, according to a statement by Douglas W. Elmendorf, dean of the Kennedy School.

Ms. Manning, a former U.S. Army soldier, was convicted of leaking classified government data. Her prison sentence was later commuted.

After the university announced that Ms. Manning would be a visiting fellow on the campus, Michael Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, canceled his planned appearance at a K…

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U. of Virginia’s Next President Will Be Harvard Dean

The dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education will be the next president of the University of Virginia, The Daily Progress reports. James E. Ryan’s appointment is expected to be approved by UVa’s Board of Visitors at a Friday meeting.

Mr. Ryan, a graduate of and former faculty member at UVa’s School of Law, is expected to take office next summer and succeed Teresa A. Sullivan, the current president.

Mr. Ryan will return to the UVa campus after Charlottesville, Va., made national …

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Boston-Area Professors Are Arrested in Protest of Trump’s Move Against DACA

Some two dozen professors from Harvard and other universities in the Boston area were arrested on Thursday after they blocked traffic in Cambridge, Mass., to protest the Trump administration’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program that has protected thousands of young people from deportation because of their immigration status, The Harvard Crimson reported. Many of them are college students.

The program, known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, allowed people who had been brought to th…

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Grand Canyon U. Suspends Professor for Saying Some Black Lives Matter Supporters ‘Should Be Hung’

A professor of theology at Grand Canyon University, a Christian institution, has been suspended after saying some members of the Black Lives Matter movement should be hanged, reports The Arizona Republic.

The professor, Toby Jennings, made the remarks in a September 2016 seminar discussion titled “God’s Concern for the Poor: What’s Missing in Social Justice?” He has since apologized for his comments.

“Particularly, I have inexcusably offended many fellow image bearers of God by my imprudent use …

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U. of Tampa Fires Professor Who Called Hurricane Harvey ‘Karma’ for Texas

Updated (8/29/2017, 12:15 p.m.) with news that the professor was not only criticized but also fired. Further updated (5:10 p.m.) with a statement from FIRE.

A University of Tampa professor was fired on Tuesday after calling Hurricane Harvey “karma” for Texas’ voting Republican, the university said on Facebook.

Kenneth Storey, a visiting assistant professor of sociology specializing in urban issues, tweeted, “I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this …

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Dartmouth Professors Show Support for Lecturer After Antifa Interviews

More than 100 faculty members at Dartmouth College have signed a letter to Philip J. Hanlon, its president, asking him to retract a statement that disavows comments by Mark Bray, a lecturer. Since this month’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., Mr. Bray has conducted a series of interviews with national news outlets about antifa, an abbreviation of the term “anti-fascist” that refers to radical far-left groups.

Antifa groups have engaged in protests of far-right speakers and demonstrations th…

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Marygrove College to Eliminate All Undergraduate Programs

Experiencing enrollment and financial problems like other liberal-arts colleges across the country, Marygrove College announced on Wednesday that it would discard all of its undergraduate programs this winter, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“Vigorous marketing and recruitment efforts have failed to provide sufficient revenue from our undergraduate programs to continue operations as usual,” the Michigan college’s president, Elizabeth A. Burns, said in a news release. To keep the institution viab…

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UC-Berkeley’s Former Chancellor Will Be Paid $434,000 on Leave

Nicholas B. Dirks, a former chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, will be paid $434,000 during his coming year on leave, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Mr. Dirks announced in August 2016 that he would step down from his leadership position.

Under the university’s policy, Mr. Dirks qualifies for a year off with pay before returning to the classroom as a history professor. Executives must work in the university system for at least five years to receive full pay during a yea…

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Fresno State Says Lecturer Who Tweeted ‘Trump Must Hang’ Won’t Teach This Fall

Lars Maischak, a lecturer at California State University at Fresno who came under fire this spring for tweeting that “Trump must hang,” will not teach at the university in the fall, the Fresno Bee reported.

Joseph I. Castro, the university’s president, announced the news in a message to the campus.

In line with the university’s “contractual obligation,” Mr. Castro wrote, Mr. Maischak “has been assigned to convert two courses to an online format which meets his unit requirement per the faculty co…

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Caltech Professor Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

A professor at the California Institute of Technology who was found to have harassed two of his graduate students has resigned.

Christian Ott, a professor of theoretical astrophysics, will leave Caltech at the end of 2017, as first reported by BuzzFeed. In keeping with a previous suspension, he must stay away from the campus in the interim, the university said in an email.

In 2016 the university announced it had placed Mr. Ott on leave after an investigation found “unambiguous gender-based haras…