Category Archives: The Profession

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U. of North Dakota Professor Resigns, Citing Rejection of Proposed Lectures on Pipeline Protests

A journalism professor at the University of North Dakota resigned on Thursday after he said the institution had rejected his proposal to lead a lecture series on protests over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed lectures would have covered how the Standing Rock Tribe, which led the protests, was discussed on social media, and it was the second proposal about the protests to be rejected, said the professor, Mark Trahant, according to Associated Press.

When asked last year…


After an Alcohol-Soaked Retreat, Sexual-Harassment Complaints, and a Suicide, UC-Davis Faces a Lawsuit

The widow of a former employee of the University of California at Davis has sued the institution, alleging that its investigation of sexual-harassment claims stemming from an alcohol-soaked retreat led to her husband’s death, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The newspaper provided a detailed account of a rowdy university trip that Col. Christopher De Los Santos, administrator of a department supporting the university’s agriculture college and an officer in the Air Force, took with 16 other staff memb…


Memphis College of Art Is Closing

The Memphis College of Art, a private institution in Tennessee, is closing, the college announced on Tuesday.

The closure was attributed to declining enrollment, mounting real-estate debt, and not having a plan for long-term financial sustainability. Administrators expect that the college will remain open through May 2020 on a teach-out plan, but it will cease recruiting new students.

Enrollment dipped to 305 students this year, The Commercial Appeal reports. The college employs 25 faculty memb…


Ever Had a Weird Experience Grading Papers or Tests? Tell Us About It.

A viral tweet would have you believe that a college student learned about failing a midterm in the most unwelcome of ways — from a stranger via Twitter. In short, on Thursday someone tweeted that, after nosily eyeing a professor grading papers on an airplane, a student named Taiwan Jones had definitely failed a midterm. An account named Taiwan Jones responded to the tweet with a terse “….”

But — surprise! — the tweeting was a hoax. So says The Washington Post. And we’re not exactly surprised. In…


Grad Student Sounds Alarms Over Penn’s Response to Online Attacks

Updated (10/19/2017, 4:52 p.m.) with statement from the university.

A graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania said administrators pulled them from the classroom over the use of a teaching technique, according to a set of messages on Twitter.

Stephanie McKellop, who uses they/them pronouns, wrote in a series of posts that are set to private that the university was going to condemn McKellop for using progressive stacking, a method aimed at offering marginalized students a greater chan…


Bill Would Bar U. of Wisconsin Employees From Working at Planned Parenthood

A new bill in the Wisconsin Legislature proposes barring a partnership that allows University of Wisconsin employees to work at Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reports.

The measure targets the university’s decade-old arrangement with Planned Parenthood, through which faculty members work part time at a clinic in Madison, Wis. The bill would also prevent university employees from performing abortions or training students at facilities where abortions are performed, besides hospitals.



Purdue’s President Says Free-Speech Policy Forces Him to Defend Faculty Critic

In a message to a Purdue University professor, the institution’s president, Mitch Daniels, criticized the faculty member’s defense of “Antifa” and said the campus’s free-speech policy had forced him to defend the professor, the Journal & Courier reports.

When Mr. Daniels was pressed by Bill Mullen, a professor of English and American studies and a founding member of the Campus Anti-Fascist Network, to further investigate white-supremacist posters found on the campus, the president responded wit…


Drexel Puts Professor on Leave After Tweet About Las Vegas Draws Conservative Ire

Updated (10/10/2017, 3:20 p.m.) with a statement from The Daily Caller.

Drexel University, a private research institution in Philadelphia, has placed one of its professors, George Ciccariello-Maher, on leave after he received multiple threats in connection with a series of social-media posts about race.

Mr. Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor in the politics and global-studies department, has a history of making controversial statements, including comments he shared about a “white genocide…


U. of Southern California Removes Medical-School Dean as Newspaper Reports Sexual-Misconduct Claim

Another medical-school dean has toppled at the University of Southern California amid the disclosure of alleged unsavory behavior.

The university on Thursday removed as dean Rohit Varma, an ophthalmologist, as the Los Angeles Times was about to publish an article describing his alleged sexual harassment of and alleged retaliation against a young woman he supervised in 2003, an episode that only briefly deflected his career.

The news broke just two and a half months after the Times published its …


Instructors, Did You Ever Cheat When You Were a Student?

Cheating is wrong, right? Well, that’s what we’d like to talk about with you.

If you’re a college instructor, there’s a good chance that you’re now in a position to make or enforce rules about plagiarism and other forms of cheating. But months, years, or decades ago, when you were on the other side of the lectern, did you ever engage in academic misconduct?

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