Category Archives: Faculty


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.


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…


Faculty and Students Assail Texas A&M President’s Criticism of Professor

Faculty members, students, and others at Texas A&M University at College Station are pushing back against its president’s criticism of what a philosophy professor said were his remarks taken out of context by a conservative critic.

Several graduate students have started an online petition in which they denounce a statement by the president, Michael K. Young, as “incredibly irresponsible.” By Friday morning, roughly 300 people had signed the petition in support of Tommy Curry, an associate pr…


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…


Faculty Strike at U. of Illinois at Springfield Ends With Contract Agreement

After nearly a week, a faculty strike at the University of Illinois at Springfield has come to an end after a tentative contract agreement was reached with the the administration, the Chicago Tribune reports. Details of the contract have not yet been released.

UIS United Faculty, the faculty union, which represents roughly 160 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, announced the strike last Monday after failing to reach an agreement with the administration. With final exams looming, faculty …


Lecturer Who Tweeted ‘Trump Must Hang’ Apologizes and Deletes Account

Updated (4/12/2017, 3:02 p.m.) with statement from Fresno State’s president.

A lecturer at California State University at Fresno who tweeted that “Trump must hang” has apologized for the statement and deleted his Twitter account.

The instructor, Lars Maischak, acted after the president of Fresno State, Joseph I. Castro, condemned the tweet and said the university would participate in any federal investigation of the incident. Earlier this week Mr. Maischak said his message had been taken out of …


Fresno State President Vows to Cooperate in Investigation of Lecturer Who Tweeted, ‘Trump Must Hang’

The president of California State University at Fresno has promised to cooperate in any resulting federal investigation following a lecturer’s tweet that appeared to call for fatal violence against President Trump.

“The university is taking this matter seriously and handling it in accordance with applicable law and policy, as well as our traditions of academic freedom and the requirements of the faculty collective-bargaining unit agreement,” Joseph I. Castro, Fresno State’s president, wrote in a…


Black Professors at Kentucky State Vote No Confidence in Faculty Senate’s President

Updated (4/7/2017, 2:31 p.m.) with comment from the president of the Faculty Caucus of Color.

Members of the Faculty Caucus of Color at Kentucky State University have voted to express the “highest confidence” in Karen Bearden, chairwoman of the Board of Regents, but no confidence in Kimberly Sipes, president of the Faculty Senate.

Last month the Faculty Senate at the historically black university, in Frankfort, Ky., voted no confidence in Ms. Bearden following a rocky presidential search. Black …


Faculty Leaders at Howard U. Surprise Colleagues With No-Confidence Vote

Updated (4/5/2017, 2:20 p.m.) with further details about faculty concerns over the vote.

Leaders of the Faculty Senate at Howard University, a historically black institution in Washington, D.C., have voted to express no confidence in Wayne A.I. Frederick, the university’s president, and Anthony Wutoh, its provost, to the chagrin and bewilderment of some of their colleagues, The Washington Post reports.

The vote by the Faculty Council, a leadership body of the senate, took place on Friday. In a l…


Morehouse College Faculty Votes No Confidence in Board Chair

Faculty members at Morehouse College voted last week to express no confidence in the chairman of its Board of Trustees, Robert C. Davidson, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The vote is at least the second to occur at a historically black college this month. Faculty members at Kentucky State University also voted to express no confidence in the chair of its board last week.

Several people at Morehouse were upset by the board’s January decision not to renew the contract of the college’s p…