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Faculty

How Skin-Deep Judgments of Professors Might Influence Student Success

A scholar at UNLV has been examining whether students actually might learn more if their instructor is attractive. For those hoping that brains are all that counts in academe, the picture he paints isn’t pretty.

Research

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges $3 Billion for Science Research

The Facebook co-founder and his physician wife draw praise from Bill Gates, among others, as they outlined plans to tackle big goals and fund research that other grant makers consider too risky.

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Labor & Work-Life Issues

Lessons From Long Island U.’s Faculty Lockout

Experts on labor negotiations say other colleges might want to think twice before replacing instructors to pre-empt a faculty strike.

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Faculty

Illinois’s Regional Public Colleges Report Strained Conditions Amid Sliding Enrollment

Both faculty members and administrators cite the state’s continuing budget standoff as the primary culprit for the drop in students.

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Graduate Students

Stresses on Doctoral Programs May Be Taking a Toll on Applications, Data Suggest

A survey by the Council of Graduate Schools found a 4.3-percent decrease in applications from 2014 to 2015. Whether that represents a blip or a trend remains to be seen.

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Faculty

What It Will Take for Missouri to Meet Its Faculty-Diversity Goal

The university, rocked by campus protests last year, has unveiled an ambitious multimillion-dollar plan. Experts say the follow-through will be as important as the rollout.

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Faculty

Professors Are Nerds. Or So Your iPhone Would Have You Believe.

The new Apple update links professors with the "nerd face" emoji. Some professors are taking that association in stride.

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Research

Newly Named Species Find Their 15 Minutes of Fame. Thanks, Obama.

A handful of researchers have named their recent discoveries for the president. With that decision comes publicity and, for some, regret.

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Faculty

As Long Island U.’s Faculty Lockout Nears 2 Weeks, Both Sides Dig In

The university’s Brooklyn campus locked out hundreds of faculty members in anticipation of a strike. Some professors say the administration will have a hard time regaining their trust.

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Research

Farm Scientists See Ripening Opportunity for Greater Federal Support

Agricultural researchers — and the companies that support them — say it's time for Congress to boost its investment in their work.

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Faculty

How to Do a Better Job of Searching for Diversity

In the often subjective faculty-search process, some colleges are taking new steps to bring a wider spectrum of candidates to the table.

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Faculty

As Lockout Continues at Long Island U., Students Report Meager Classroom Instruction

The university’s Brooklyn campus says the student reaction has been "overwhelmingly positive." But at least some students there beg to differ.

Research

Amid Heightened Interest, Transgender Studies Weighs Newfound Influence

Scholars in the field are holding what’s billed as the first conference of its kind as transgender issues become more mainstream than ever.

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Faculty

A Comedian and an Academic Walk Into a Podcast …

Shane Mauss, a stand-up comic who likes picking professors’ brains, has become an unlikely but engaging science educator.

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Research

Better Than Impact Factor? NIH Team Claims Key Advance in Ranking Journal Articles

Analysts endorsed a measure, called relative citation ratio, that aims to reflect how experts assess the influence of a paper, not just how many people cite it.

Faculty

In Brooklyn, Faculty Lash Out at University’s Use of a ‘Nuclear Option’

When the semester starts, on Wednesday, at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus, professors won’t be in class. That’s because the administration, amid contentious contract talks, has locked them out.

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Faculty

How 3 Professors Use Trigger Warnings in Their Classrooms

The words mean different things to different people, and often they're not even called "trigger warnings." Whatever their name, here's what they look like in practice.

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Graduate Students

For Research Assistants, NLRB Decision Marks a Big Win

Teaching assistants weren’t the only ones celebrating the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling in the Columbia University graduate-unionization case.

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Faculty

Citing Safety Concerns, Northwestern U. Bans Tenured 'Gadfly' Professor From Campus

Jacqueline Stevens has been asked to undergo an evaluation of her "fitness for duty" before returning to her position in political science. She says she's being punished for her outspokenness; a colleague says her presence makes him feel unsafe.

Faculty

Denied Tenure, a Professor Starts a Hunger Strike

Juan J. Rojo, an assistant professor of Spanish at Lafayette College, says the president’s decision to veto a recommendation in his favor violates shared governance and undermines the institution’s commitment to diversity.

Publishing

Elsevier’s New Patent for Online Peer Review Throws a Scare Into Open-Source Advocates

The giant journal company said it was merely protecting its own proprietary system. But a wave of critics on social media said they were suspicious of its motives.

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Faculty

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.

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Faculty

Is Anybody Reading the Syllabus? To Find Out, Some Professors Bury Hidden Gems

Professors have long struggled with getting students to read the syllabus thoroughly. Now they are trying different tricks to engage students.

Research

Federal Prosecutors Join Fight Against Predatory Journals

The Federal Trade Commission, in its first such foray into scholarly publishing, has filed a civil complaint against one of the largest publishers of online science journals.

Faculty

A Brief Guide to the Battle Over Trigger Warnings

A message to incoming students from a University of Chicago dean has touched off a debate about the use of the warnings on college campuses. Here's what you need to know about them.

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Faculty

Trading One Marathon for Another, an Olympic Runner Returns to the Classroom

After his summer in Rio, Jared Ward is hitting the ground running for another semester of teaching and researching statistics at Brigham Young University.

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Graduate Students

A New Era for Grad-Student Organizing

Changing realities in higher education and the broad scope of a new decision by the National Labor Relations Board are feeding a growing appetite among graduate students to fight for better working conditions.

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Faculty

You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That.

Michael Wesch, an associate professor of anthropology at Kansas State University, joins his students for an unusual tour of their lives beyond the classroom.