PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Faculty https://www.chronicle.com/section/Faculty/7/ 2020-01-22T20:55:16-05:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education The Real Problem With Grade Inflation https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Real-Problem-With-Grade/247876 2020-01-17T14:22:00-05:00 It’s not that colleges are catering to students, one expert says. It’s that students’ fixation on grades makes them too risk averse. By Beckie Supiano A Brown U. Professor Took On Big Pharma. His University Pulled Him From the Classroom. https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Brown-U-Professor-Took-On/247871 2020-01-16T22:05:00-05:00 The case highlights the conflicts for colleges that employ researchers who study — and engage in advocacy against — powerful corporations. By Francie Diep Do Gateway Courses Foster Inequity? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Do-Gateway-Courses-Foster/247853 2020-01-16T11:00:00-05:00 The Gardner Institute sees fixing foundational courses as a social-justice issue. The reason: A disproportionate share of students who struggle in those classes come from disadvantaged groups. By Beth McMurtrie Colleges Struggle to Serve Millions of Dropouts. Have These Men Cracked the Code? https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20190116-CollegeForDropouts 2020-01-16T10:00:00-05:00 College Unbound removes barriers and empowers students to drive the curriculum. But can it succeed on a larger scale? By Kelly Field Berkeley TAs Are Awarded Millions in Back Pay https://www.chronicle.com/article/Berkeley-TAs-Are-Awarded/247864 2020-01-15T20:15:00-05:00 The ruling applies to only one department at Berkeley, but the whole University of California system is likely to take note, an expert says. By Alexander C. Kafka What Instructors Can Learn From Improv https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Instructors-Can-Learn/247837 2020-01-15T00:01:00-05:00 How the rules of an improvisational performance can help professors unlock their students’ creativity. By Beckie Supiano Racist Incidents, Budget Cuts, and Faculty Warnings: Inside the Run-Up to a Campus Book-Burning https://www.chronicle.com/article/Racist-Incidents-Budget-Cuts/247845 2020-01-13T18:16:00-05:00 A book-burning last year at Georgia Southern University made international headlines. But there’s more to the story. By Lindsay Ellis When Colleges Frown on Kids on Campus — or Even Ban Them https://www.chronicle.com/article/When-Colleges-Frown-on-Kids-on/247831 2020-01-09T21:33:00-05:00 Academics take to social media to insist on the virtues of bringing their children to work. By Megan Zahneis Can a Different Approach to Testing Help Students Remember What They Learn? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Can-a-Different-Approach-to/247816 2020-01-09T04:00:00-05:00 An accounting professor, who has long worried about how much students forget after taking an exam, trades midterms for weekly quizzes and additional homework. By Beckie Supiano The MLA Started Publishing Job-Searching Advice More Than 50 Years Ago. Here’s How Things Have Changed. https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-MLA-Started-Publishing/247824 2020-01-08T18:31:00-05:00 Six points of interest show how the job market, demographics, and norms about work and life have shifted, all worth considering as the association’s annual meeting opens on Thursday. By Audrey Williams June Was It Wrong for a Professor to Show a Student Video Parodying a Hitler Film — or for UMass to Remove Her for It? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Was-It-Wrong-for-a-Professor/247753 2019-12-20T16:52:00-05:00 The flagship university called it “objectively offensive” for a lecturer of accounting to screen an extra-credit parody project. Several students left the class to protest the administration’s decision. By Megan Zahneis How Russian Lessons, Phone Calls, and a Corps of Volunteers Helped a Grad Student Endure 3 Years in an Iranian Prison https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Russian-Lessons-Phone/247746 2019-12-19T12:33:00-05:00 After being arrested while doing research for his history dissertation, Xiyue Wang relied on a network of friends, colleagues, and strangers to support him — and help him continue his studies. By Liam Knox Our Most Popular Teaching Newsletter Topics of 2019 https://www.chronicle.com/article/Our-Most-Popular-Teaching/247739 2019-12-19T11:00:00-05:00 We crunched the numbers to figure out what newsletter topics you found most engaging this year. In short: those that gave you tips on helping you better engage with your students. (Plus one on those dreaded course evaluations.) By Beth McMurtrie Making the Most of Multiple-Choice Exams https://www.chronicle.com/article/Making-the-Most-of/247704 2019-12-12T04:00:00-05:00 Asking students to engage with every answer choice can foster critical thinking and productive failure. By Beckie Supiano This Professor Was Accused of Bullying Grad Students. Now He’s Being Banned From Teaching. https://www.chronicle.com/article/This-Professor-Was-Accused-of/247705 2019-12-11T20:11:00-05:00 Barrett Watten, an English professor and poet at Wayne State University, was found to have “engaged in a hostile environment/sexual harassment,” among other things. Watten says the findings are “false or inaccurate as represented.” By Megan Zahneis Researchers Will Keep $2-Million Prize After U. of Florida Changes Policy https://www.chronicle.com/article/Researchers-Will-Keep/247702 2019-12-11T14:57:00-05:00 The university said it would not seek the money, and would create such a policy only as part of the collective-bargaining process. By Vimal Patel A Professor’s Writings About Pederasty Enraged Students. So They Protested at His Home. https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Professor-s-Writings-About/247694 2019-12-10T20:50:00-05:00 A group of protesters outraged by a professor’s writings banged on the front door of his house on Monday evening, filmed their demonstration, and were escorted away by the police. By Katherine Mangan Professor Accused of Sexual Misconduct Retires and Is Barred From Some Campus Buildings https://www.chronicle.com/article/Professor-Accused-of-Sexual/247679 2019-12-06T18:20:00-05:00 University of Georgia investigators recommended that he be fired for violating anti-harassment policies, but the university accepted his resignation instead. By Katherine Mangan Fixing the Courses Everyone Loves to Hate https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20191206-GatewayCourses 2019-12-06T17:20:00-05:00 Large introductory courses are notorious for being tedious, confusing, and even harmful. The University of Michigan is betting it can change all that. By Beth McMurtrie ProPublica’s Dollars for Profs Database https://projects.propublica.org/dollars-for-profs/ 2019-12-06T16:33:00-05:00 Dig into university researchers’ outside income and conflicts of interest with this unique database, which allows you to search records from multiple state universities and the National Institutes of Health.