Category Archives: The Profession

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New President at Iowa Won’t Seek Tenured Post That Contract Allows

A spokeswoman for the University of Iowa says the institution’s newly appointed president will not seek a tenured faculty position for which he is eligible under his contract, the Associated Press reported.

J. Bruce Harreld’s appointment as president sparked fears among faculty members that his lack of experience in academic leadership made him unqualified for the position. He will take office in November, succeeding Sally K. Mason, who led the university for eight years.

The Iowa City Press-Cit…


U. of Denver Law School Discriminates Against Female Professors, U.S. Panel Says

The University of Denver’s law school has been discriminating against female faculty members for more than four decades, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Denver Post reports that the federal commission asserted in a letter to the university on Friday that the school has exhibited a gender gap in faculty pay since 1973, and discovered evidence of the gap in 2012 but didn’t do anything about it.

The commission’s investigation was prompted by a complaint filed more than…


West Point Professor Who Slammed Critics of War on Terror as Traitors Resigns

William C. Bradford, the law professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who recently denounced scholarly critics of U.S. tactics against terrorism as traitors and “unlawful combatants,” has resigned from West Point, according to reports by The Atlantic and the blog Retraction Watch.

Retraction Watch said it had received a statement from West Point confirming that Mr. Bradford had resigned on Sunday. “He was hired on Aug. 1, 2015, and taught 5 lessons from Aug. 17-Aug 27,” the state…


Academics Who Criticize War on Terror Are ‘Lawful Targets,’ West Point Professor Says

Legal scholars who criticize U.S. tactics against terrorists are committing treasonous acts in support of an enemy, and they and the law schools that employ them should be regarded as “lawful targets” for military attacks, a law professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point argued in an article published recently by a student-edited law journal.

The article, “Trahison des Professeurs: The Critical Law of Armed Conflict / Academy as an Islamist Fifth Column,” appeared in the Spring/Summer …


Legal Fight Over U. of Kansas Lecturer’s Records Is Settled

A legal dispute over a University of Kansas student’s effort to obtain the records of a lecturer who previously worked for the conservative Koch brothers has been settled, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The lecturer, Arthur Hall, is director for the university’s Center for Applied Economics. He had previously served as chief economist of the public-sector group of Koch Industries Inc. Schuyler Kraus, who is president of a campus group called Students for a Sustainable Future, had submitt…


Faculty Union at Berklee Erred in Refusing to Bargain Over Effects of Policy, NLRB Says

The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a faculty union’s complaint of unfair labor practices against the Berklee College of Music, holding that the union was responsible for its failure to bargain over the effects of a class-cancellation policy that it had said was established without its input.

Berklee, a private, undergraduate college in Boston, was contractually obligated to bargain with its faculty union only over the effects of the cancellation policy — not over the language of …


NLRB Official Orders Count of Adjuncts’ Ballots at Manhattan College

A regional official of the National Labor Relations Board has ordered the tallying of ballots in a union election for Manhattan College’s part-time faculty members. She based her decision on a finding that such instructors do not contribute to the religious environment of the Roman Catholic college enough to be excluded from the board’s jurisdiction for First Amendment reasons.

Karen P. Fernbach, director of the NLRB’s regional office in New York, said in the decision on Wednesday that she had f…


Filling Out That McSweeney’s Faculty-Meeting Bingo Ballot? Send It to Us

If, in these hectic first days of the semester, you’ve been spending your time on Twitter, you’ve probably seen the funny “First Faculty Meeting of the Year Bingo,” written by Lisa Nikolidakis for McSweeney’s. If you haven’t, go there for a good laugh.

Catharsis achieved. The bingo ballot certainly sounds like an accurate portrayal of higher-ed rhetoric, but is it? There’s only one way to find out: By asking our audience of faculty members to print out the lovely McSweeney’s ballot, take it to t…


In Open Letter, 41 U. of Illinois Leaders Demand Steven Salaita’s Rehiring

[Updated (8/24/2015, 7:11 p.m.) with news of the provost's resignation.]

Forty-one campus leaders at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have signed an open letter calling on the institution to hire Steven G. Salaita, whose appointment to a professorship was nixed last year over the scholar’s anti-Israel tweets.

The message comes after a tumultuous few weeks for the campus. Earlier this month, a federal court ruled that the university had broken its contractual obligations with Mr. Sa…


U. of Texas System Calls for More Shared Governance at Troubled Cancer Center

The University of Texas system has called for an end to top-down governance at its MD Anderson Cancer Center, the site of years of faculty unrest.

Ronald A. DePinho, the center’s president, and Gary J. Whitman, the chairman of its Faculty Senate, announced plans to overhaul the center’s governance at the system’s urging in an email sent to faculty members last week, reports The Cancer Letter, an industry newsletter.

Attached to the email were letters that William H. McRaven, the chancellor of th…