PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Faculty http://www.chronicle.com/section/Faculty/7/ 2016-10-23T13:56:01-04:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education Pennsylvania Professors Dig In for a Long Fight http://www.chronicle.com/article/Pennsylvania-Professors-Dig-In/238141 2016-10-21T04:55:36-04:00 On the second day of a faculty strike at the 14 state-owned colleges, some professors and students were voicing concerns about how a prolonged walkout might affect them. By Peter Schmidt Faculty Strike Throws Pennsylvania’s State-Owned Colleges Into ‘Organized Chaos’ http://www.chronicle.com/article/Faculty-Strike-Throws/238123 2016-10-20T04:56:45-04:00 Years of close calls during collective bargaining led the 14-campus system to develop contingency plans in the event of a work stoppage. The test now is how well those plans will work. By Katherine Knott and Peter Schmidt A Higher-Education Rebel With a Cause http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Higher-Education-Rebel-With/238099 2016-10-19T14:00:08-04:00 Sarah Short, who has taught some 44,000 students over a half-century at Syracuse University, wants to see more classroom interaction. By Jeffrey R. Young Tenure Denials Set Off Alarm Bells, and a Book, About Obstacles for Minority Faculty http://www.chronicle.com/article/Tenure-Denials-Set-Off-Alarm/238100 2016-10-19T04:57:35-04:00 After learning about four such cases at one institution, Patricia A. Matthew couldn’t believe that leaders there had failed to see they had a problem. So she gathered essays about the experiences of minority scholars on the tenure track. By Sarah Brown Costs of Competency-Based Programs Come Into Focus http://www.chronicle.com/article/Costs-of-Competency-Based/238092 2016-10-18T04:55:00-04:00 The programs may be inexpensive to run, but they can also take longer than expected to turn a profit, according to a new study. By Dan Berrett The Next Great Hope for Measuring Learning http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Next-Great-Hope-for/238075 2016-10-16T19:00:01-04:00 Thirteen states are using a common tool to evaluate how well their students write, calculate, and think. Can this effort paint an accurate portrait of academic quality? By Dan Berrett Universities Seek Smaller, Modernized Fleet of Research Vessels http://www.chronicle.com/article/Universities-Seek-Smaller/238046 2016-10-12T04:55:00-04:00 The Obama administration has asked Congress to pay $106 million toward two new ships, although researchers say a third vessel is needed — an idea that has support in the Senate but not in the House of Representatives. By Paul Basken Why the College Degree Seems to Be Deciding the Presidential Election http://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-the-College-Degree-Seems/238044 2016-10-12T04:55:00-04:00 A stark divide in voter preferences has opened between people with college diplomas and people without them. What’s going on? Here are a few issues to consider. By Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz As Concerns Grow About Using Data to Measure Faculty, a Company Changes Its Message http://www.chronicle.com/article/As-Concerns-Grow-About-Using/238034 2016-10-11T04:56:04-04:00 Professors have expressed displeasure with Academic Analytics, a company that tracks journal articles, citations, books, and grants to account for scholarly productivity. Now Georgetown has dropped the service, arguing that it is of questionable value. By Paul Basken With Campus Carry in Place, Some Texas Grad Students Make Bars Their Offices http://www.chronicle.com/article/With-Campus-Carry-in-Place/238011 2016-10-07T04:56:41-04:00 Under the new law, offices can be declared gun-free only if they’re single-occupancy. That leaves out most graduate students, so some are turning to other spaces where guns remain off-limits. By Shannon Najmabadi How One University Closed the Gender Gap in STEM-Faculty Hiring http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-One-University-Closed-the/238003 2016-10-07T04:55:00-04:00 Some departments at Montana State University had just one female professor, or none at all. But in the last four years, half of all STEM hires have been women. By Audrey Williams June Clinton and Trump Are the Candidates of Our Dreams, Whether We Like It or Not http://www.chronicle.com/article/ClintonTrump-Are-the/237997 2016-10-06T04:55:00-04:00 Kelly Bulkeley has been collecting dreams about presidential candidates for years. What do they all mean? By Steve Kolowich How One College Quelled Controversy Over a Koch-Financed Center http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-One-College-Quelled/237984 2016-10-04T04:55:00-04:00 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. By Peter Schmidt An Ambitious Science Hub's New Leader Explains Its Bid to Find All Cures http://www.chronicle.com/article/An-Ambitious-Science-Hubs-New/237983 2016-10-04T04:55:00-04:00 Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, the pediatrician Priscilla Chan, have invested $600 million in a new lab space for universities in the Bay Area. The Chronicle talks to one of its directors. By Paul Basken The Accidental Ethicist http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Accidental-Ethicist/237954 2016-10-02T19:00:43-04:00 Marc Edwards, the hero scientist of Flint, Mich., has become a standard-bearer for watchdog scholarship. So why does he feel haunted? By Steve Kolowich NYU’s Grad-Student Union Succeeded. Cornell’s Flopped. Why? http://www.chronicle.com/article/NYU-s-Grad-Student-Union/237950 2016-10-02T18:45:43-04:00 Comparing a pair of grad-union votes from more than a decade ago can provide valuable context for the collective-bargaining fights expected this year. By Vimal Patel Big Money Comes to Inequality Research http://www.chronicle.com/article/Big-Money-Comes-to-Inequality/237927 2016-09-29T04:55:00-04:00 Amid anxieties over growing disparities, donors and foundations are devoting serious amounts to studies of rich and poor. By Scott Carlson How Skin-Deep Judgments of Professors Might Influence Student Success http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Skin-Deep-Judgments-of/237896 2016-09-27T04:55:00-04:00 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. By Peter Schmidt Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges $3 Billion for Science Research https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Chan-Zuckerberg-Initiative/237865 2016-09-21T17:43:00-04:00 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. By Rebecca Koenig Lessons From Long Island U.’s Faculty Lockout http://www.chronicle.com/article/Lessons-From-Long-Island/237835 2016-09-20T04:57:59-04:00 Experts on labor negotiations say other colleges might want to think twice before replacing instructors to pre-empt a faculty strike. By Peter Schmidt