How One College Quelled Controversy Over a Koch-Financed Center

Western Carolina University faced a faculty rebellion over plans to use funds from the conservative Charles Koch Foundation to create a new research center on free enterprise. It found ways to render the gift agreement much easier for critics to swallow.


How the Salaita Incident Imperiled the Program That Tried to Hire Him

After revoking a job offer to Steven G. Salaita, in 2014, the University of Illinois’s flagship felt repercussions on a global scale. The dwindling fortunes of its American Indian-studies program show there were internal consequences, too.


Tenure Rights and the Rise of Title IX: a Looming Culture Clash

The controversy over sexual-harassment cases at Berkeley highlights the larger battle over faculty protections and the call for a swift conclusion of complaints.


How Christian Colleges Might Pick Their Battles More Wisely

The author of a new book on Christian colleges and academic freedom says the institutions could uphold their faith without unnecessary clashes with instructors.


Melissa Click’s Inbox

The 12 kinds of email a professor got after she became a national spectacle.


College Wrestles With Controversy Over Its Response to Professor’s Religious Views

A dispute at Wheaton College of Illinois that started with a Facebook post about Christianity and Islam could end in a professor’s dismissal. For other faculty members at the evangelical Christian institution, that raises troubling questions.

U. of Illinois Settles the Salaita Case, but Will That Help It Move On?

While the legal drama is over, academic boycotts remain in place.

Star Scholar Resigns From Northwestern, Saying It Doesn't Respect Academic Freedom

Alice Dreger, an author and professor of medical humanities, says a dean tried to censor portions of an essay in a journal she guest-edited.


Louisiana State’s Firing of Salty Professor Renews Worries About Faculty Rights

The university has drawn new scrutiny for dismissing a tenured instructor mainly for using obscene language and jokes around students.

U. of Kansas Takes Narrow View of Lecturer’s Privacy Rights in Records Dispute

In a court filing, the university argues that only higher-education institutions, and not their individual faculty members, have a right to academic freedom under the First Amendment.

Steven Salaita’s New (Temporary) Career: Public Speaker

Rejected by the University of Illinois for tweets critical of Israel, the scholar ponders his next move.


How Does an Academic Boycott of Israel Actually Work?

Resolutions on the issue often focus on symbolism more than specifics, as a recent flap over the American Studies Association's boycott demonstrates.


Texas University Faces Trial for Ousting Employee Who Defied Congressman

An appeals court has cleared the way for a former gallery director at Stephen F. Austin State University to sue administrators who ousted him after he refused involvement in a lawmaker’s event.


What’s Next in the Steven Salaita Dispute?

The Illinois board’s vote to reject the outspoken scholar marks not the end of the story but the beginning of the next chapter.


Pleas for Civility Meet Cynicism

Advocates of academic freedom see college leaders’ calls for lowering the temperature of campus debates as attacks on free speech.


Salaita to U. of Illinois: ‘Reinstate Me’ or Brace for Legal Fight

The jilted scholar says in an interview he wants the job that was offered him.


U. of Illinois Feels Backlash From Scholars Angered by Salaita Case

To protest the withdrawal of a job offer to the controversial professor, at least two speakers have canceled engagements.

Scholars Sound Alarms About Being Judged on Their Civility

Academics questioned an assertion that the University of Illinois had to reinforce an expectation of a community "that values civility as much as scholarship.”


Israeli Scholar Says Outcry Over His Rape Remarks Has Not Hurt Planned U.S. Tour

The only thing that deters terrorists is if "they know that their sister or their mother will be raped," Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University said last month.

AAUP Members Are Warned of Growing Threats to Academic Freedom

At the opening of the association’s annual meeting, professors hear pleas for campus policies to protect online speech.

U. of Colorado Violated Faculty Rights in Philosophy Dept. Scandal, AAUP Says

Academic freedom and faculty self-governance were among the casualties when the Boulder campus responded to allegations of sexual harassment in the department, a new report charges.


Professor's Rhetorical Question About Rape Draws Firestorm of Protest

A petition demands censure of a University of Rochester scholar who mused on a blog: Should rape be illegal if the victim is unconscious and no harm results?


After Loss in Court, Scholar Defends Libel Lawsuit Over Negative Book Review

Karin N. Calvo-Goller's libel lawsuit stoked concerns about libel tourism and scholars' freedom to publish criticism. She answers her critics in a Chronicle interview.


French Court Finds in Favor of Editor Accused of Libel Over Book Review

The editor, a professor at NYU, was sued in France, where the book's author has citizenship. The case drew widespread interest for its potentially chilling effect.

Tenure's Place in Law-School Accreditation Guidelines Is Hot Topic at Meeting

The debate centered on whether, and how, law schools could protect academic freedom without a tenure system.