Category Archives: Faculty


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…


Study Finds More Faculty Diversity at Public Institutions Than at Private Ones

Members of underrepresented minority groups are working largely at research universities, according to a study by the TIAA Institute.

The report measured faculty diversity for a forthcoming book with the Johns Hopkins University Press, some 50 years after Title IX and affirmative-action policies were designed to change faculty demographics.

Since 1993 the ratio of white to underrepresented-minority tenured faculty members has been halved, from a 15:1 ratio in 1993 to 7.8:1 in 2013, the report sa…


UC-Davis Chancellor Is Placed on Leave

[Last updated (4/28/2016, 9:40 a.m.) with a statement from the office of president of the University of California system.]

The chancellor of the University of California at Davis, Linda P.B. Katehi, was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday night, pending an investigation of information that “raises serious questions” about whether she may have violated university policies, according to a statement from the office of the president of the University of California system.

The system’s pre…


Law Dean Accused of Harassment Says Berkeley Violated His Rights

A month after the dean of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law stepped down following a sexual-harassment lawsuit, the tenured professor has accused the university of violating his due-process rights, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Sujit Choudhry resigned last month, two days after a former assistant filed a suit accusing him of repeatedly sexually harassing her. In July 2015 a university investigation found Mr. Choudhry had sexually harassed the woman, and punished him …


Morehead State Faculty Senate Censures President After He Proposed Unpaid Furlough

Morehead State University’s Faculty Senate voted last week to censure the Kentucky institution’s president, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The Senate voted 23 to 11 to censure Wayne D. Andrews, signaling serious dissatisfaction with his leadership. The vote stemmed from the lack of faculty input on campus decisions, the body’s chairwoman told the newspaper.

It is unclear whether the vote was related to Mr. Andrews’s decision to place all faculty and staff members on a weeklong unpaid furlo…


More Professors Say Undergraduates Need to Hone Research Abilities, Survey Finds

Report: “Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey”

Authors: Christine Wolff, Alisa B. Rod, and Roger C. Schonfeld; Ms. Wolff and Mr. Schonfeld are at Ithaka S+R, the consulting-and-research arm of the nonprofit group Ithaka, which focuses on technology in academe; Ms. Rod is associate director of the Empirical Reasoning Center at Barnard College

Summary: This latest edition of a survey that is conducted every three years found an uptick in faculty members who believe undergraduate students are arriving at …


U. of British Columbia Faculty Vote No Confidence in Board

Faculty members at the University of British Columbia have passed a vote of no confidence in the institution’s Board of Governors, The Globe and Mail reports.

The results of the symbolic vote, announced on Tuesday after a week of balloting, marks the latest development in a series of leadership controversies at the university. The troubles began when President Arvind Gupta abruptly resigned last summer. A former president, Martha Piper, is serving as interim president.

In October, a former chair…