All posts by Charles Huckabee


Professor Who Expressed Solidarity With Muslims Will Leave Wheaton of Illinois

Wheaton College of Illinois and Larycia A. Hawkins, an associate professor of political science whom the evangelical Christian institution was seeking to fire, “have reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways,” the college and Ms. Hawkins announced on Saturday in a joint statement.

The statement describes the agreement as “a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation” and says that neither Wheaton nor Ms. Hawkins will discuss it before Wednesday, when they plan to ho…


U. of Chicago Scientist Resigns Amid Sexual-Misconduct Investigation

A prominent molecular biologist at the University of Chicago has resigned after an investigation there concluded with a recommendation that he be fired for violating the university’s sexual-misconduct policy, The New York Times reports.

The professor, Jason Lieb, made unwelcome sexual advances to several female graduate students at an off-campus retreat and engaged in sexual activity with a student who was “incapacitated due to alcohol and therefore could not consent,” states a letter descri…


After ‘Chocolate Milk’ Scandal, U. of Maryland Will Review How It Communicates Research

The University of Maryland at College Park, stung by criticism over a news release in December that touted the benefits of a specific brand of chocolate milk among high-school athletes who had suffered concussions, has convened a high-level panel to review the incident and how the university communicates research findings.

The Washington Post reports that Patrick O’Shea, a vice president of the university and its chief research officer, assembled the panel to ensure that the campus’s communi…


Network-Security Measures at UC Raise Some Professors’ Fears of Snooping

Some faculty members at the University of California at Berkeley are voicing concerns that administrators could use new systemwide network-security hardware to monitor their emails and record what websites they visit, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

In a column last week, two reporters cited an alarm raised by one faculty member, who said in a message to other professors that the “intrusive device” was “capable of capturing and analyzing all network traffic to and from the Berkeley …


Faculty Leaders Urge Mizzou Board to Use ‘Existing Procedures’ if Investigating Professor

A day after the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri suspended a professor who has been under fire for trying to block student journalists from covering a protest on the Columbia campus last fall, a panel of faculty leaders at the flagship called on the board to use “existing procedures” if it believed a formal investigation was warranted.

The board’s chair announced the suspension of the professor, Melissa A. Click, in a brief statement issued on Wednesday night at the conclusion of …


Jordan Kurland, Long-Serving AAUP Official, Dies at 87

Jordan E. Kurland, the associate general secretary of the American Association of University Professors and a member of the group’s professional staff for more than 50 years, died on Saturday after a brief illness, the association announced. He was 87.

In a resolution adopted at the association’s annual meeting last summer, the AAUP honored Mr. Kurland for a half-century of service and noted that he had continued to preside over the group’s major case work in academic freedom and tenure, des…


Obama Calls for Pell Grant Changes to Accelerate Progress Toward Degrees

To help students make quicker progress toward earning degrees, the Obama administration is calling for a significant expansion of the Pell Grant program that would make the grants available year-round and reward students who take a full schedule of courses each semester.

Together, the two proposals would mean an additional $2 billion in Pell Grant assistance during the 2017 fiscal year, the Education Department said in a news release.

Reinstating year-round Pell Grants — a provision that fell vi…


Arizona State Professor Who Was Demoted After Plagiarism Inquiry Will Resign

A history professor at Arizona State University who was demoted last year following an inquiry into plagiarism accusations has agreed to resign but will continue to be paid more than $200,000 in salary over the next 16 months, The Arizona Republic reports.

University officials released a statement on Friday saying the professor, Matthew C. Whitaker, had “voluntarily resigned from his position as associate professor and co-director of the Center for Race and Democracy.”

Mr. Whitaker had been demo…


U. of Colorado to Pay $25,000 to Settle Dispute With Philosophy Professor

The University of Colorado has agreed to pay $25,000 to an associate professor of philosophy who was barred from the Boulder campus for two months in 2014 after he made a joke about suicide and murder, the Daily Camera, a newspaper in Boulder, reports.

The professor, Daniel P. Kaufman, agreed to the settlement after a judge threw out his claims of discrimination and retaliation in a federal lawsuit against the university but declined to rule on other claims made under state law. Mr. Kaufman said…


ACLU of Missouri to Appeal Decision Allowing College to Require Drug Tests

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri plans to appeal a federal-court ruling that upheld the State Technical College of Missouri’s plan to screen all incoming students for drug use, the News Tribune, a newspaper in Jefferson City, Mo., reports.

The ACLU first challenged the policy in 2011, arguing that it violated the students’ Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” A trial judge who heard arguments in the case issued a ruling that temporarily bl…