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.



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.


Graduate Students

A New Era for Grad-Student Organizing

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



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.



How One Professor Will Turn Wisconsin’s Higher-Ed Philosophy Into a Seminar

This fall Chad A. Goldberg will teach students the significance of the "Wisconsin Idea," a longstanding principle in the state-university system’s mission statement that was almost overturned last year by the governor.


Graduate Students

NYU’s Graduate Union: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

The NLRB’s ruling on Tuesday, that graduate students are employees, prompts a look back at the labor-union battle that started it all.


Graduate Students

Ruling Pushes Door to Grad-Student Unions ‘Wide Open’

The National Labor Relations Board’s decision in a case involving Columbia University has made clear that graduate-employee unions are legal at private colleges. Experts predict a surge in organizing similar to what has taken place among adjuncts.



The New Gun-Violence Scholars

A discipline with little federal funding now has some momentum. But the researchers who study firearms violence and policy still face emotional and financial demands.



To Curtail Violence, Researchers Say, Reduce Economic Inequality

If a coherent antiviolence strategy exists, it’s built on two precepts: Think small, and start by creating jobs. Both of those guidelines present researchers with challenges.



A Public-Records Fight Raises Questions About a University’s Obligations

The University of Kentucky has sued its student newspaper in a battle over whether the institution must disclose details of complaints that accuse a professor of sexual misconduct.


Leaked Faculty Letters Expose Racial Fault Lines at Smith's Social-Work School

The letters, which allude to a "tainted" admissions process and students being "set up for failure," drew quick rebukes from students who said the language was racially insensitive.



A Joke Syllabus With a Serious Point: Cussing Away the Reproducibility Crisis

Sanjay Srivastava’s assessment of the state of psychology mixes a certain four-letter word and gallows humor with a desire to raise awareness of important research issues in his field.


Graduate Students

Why Colleges Still Scarcely Track Ph.D.s

A lack of resources and an unwillingness to confront reality may hold institutions back, but like students, they may also benefit from studying postdoctoral career paths.



Institutes, Grading, and the Nine Circles of Adjunct Hell: ‘McSweeney’s’ Regards Academe

Scholars use the humor website Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency to poke fun at higher education’s most reviled customs — and sometimes themselves.


Graduate Students

At an All-Science Institution, LGBTQ Students Take Visibility Into Their Own Hands

Members of Prism, or People at Rockefeller Identifying as Sexual Minorities, say they founded the group to shed light on the particular challenges they face in the sciences.



Zika Moves Quickly, and Scientists Fear That Journals Aren't Keeping Pace

It typically takes months to shepherd a piece through the peer-review process at top publications. What should scholars do when their work examines how an outbreak might spread within days?


Graduate Students

Grants Seek to Foster a Culture Change in Humanities Graduate Education

With help from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other groups, some colleges are experimenting with ideas for reorienting the humanities Ph.D. to today’s job market.



Some Texas Faculty Members Wonder if They Can Keep Guns Out of Their Offices

Professors at Texas A&M University can bar firearms if they make a compelling case. But so far, there’s no evidence that any such requests have been answered.



General Education Gets an ‘Integrative Learning’ Makeover

Breadth requirements, often loathed as annoyances, get retooled to be more coherent, interconnected, and appealing.



Stigma, Stress, and Fear: Faculty Mental-Health Services Fall Short

Counseling and other support for troubled students have become easier to find in recent years. But many professors still deal with their problems in isolation.



Every 2 Years, One Professor Turns the Olympics Into Her Classroom

This month in Rio de Janeiro, a George Washington University professor and her students will be collecting data on venues, seating, security, and other topics for the International Olympic Committee.


Researchers Push Back Against Journals’ Demands That Medical Data Be Shared

Hundreds of scientists said the research community isn’t yet ready to release data on a relatively quick turnaround.



The Scholars Who Look at American History Through Beer-Tinted Glasses

For a major cultural force, beer hasn’t faced much serious historical inquiry. But now that the Smithsonian is seeking a scholar in the field, could "beer studies" become a thing?



The College Custodian as an Unheralded Pillar of Student Support

A researcher who shadowed maintenance workers in the dormitories of a large public university found that they often provide mentorship and crisis intervention. He suggests training them to do so better.


More Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low

Only 6.6 percent of faculty members are "very aware" of open educational resources, a survey found, and many say they can’t find such materials, although their use in introductory courses is ticking up.



One Idea to Ease Faculty Into Retirement: the ‘Terminal Sabbatical’

At Widener University, administrators hope that a year of research and service will help professors make the transition.



How Much Can Unions Lift Adjuncts? CUNY Contract Fight Hinges on What’s Good Enough

Many of the City University of New York’s part-time faculty members oppose a new labor agreement that their union heralds as offering them big gains.


How to Hold Research ‘Rock Stars’ Accountable for Sexual Harassment

A panel on harassment in academe, particularly in the sciences, explored why it’s difficult to punish professors for inappropriate behavior and what can be done about that. Here are three themes from the discussion.