Category Archives: The Profession

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U. of Michigan Professor Takes Heat for Writing ‘I Hate Republicans’

[Updated (12/18/2014, 5:28 p.m.) with comment from Ms. Douglas and a link to her essay.]

The chair of the communications department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is under fire, reports the Detroit Free Press, for a blog post she wrote that begins as follows:

“I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa, or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immi…


Marquette U. Professor Who Blasted TA for Gay-Marriage Discussion Is Suspended

An associate professor at Marquette University says he has been suspended with pay for publicly criticizing how a teaching assistant handled the topic of gay marriage in a class discussion, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Last month a student in the teaching assistant’s class confronted her for not allowing more discussion of whether a ban on gay marriage violated the philosopher John Rawls’s equal-liberty principle, after another student suggested it did. The student recorded the con…


College President Draws Fire for Tweeting Picture With Bare-Chested ‘Hotties’

Faculty members at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania are a little peeved at their president, Marcia G. Welsh, for tweeting a picture of herself standing next to shirtless male students wearing Santa hats. Ms. Welsh was delivering holiday cookies to residence halls across campus, reports The Patriot-News, when she encountered the male students, who call themselves the “Hawthorn Hotties,” and took the photo.


Fired Faculty Activist Settles Lawsuit Against Community College in Texas

A tenured professor who was fired from his job at the College of the Mainland after years of clashing with the administration has settled a lawsuit against the Texas institution, the Houston Chronicle reported. Neither side disclosed the terms of the settlement.

The professor, David Michael Smith, had accused the college of retaliating against him for filing two previous free-speech lawsuits and helping colleagues challenge the administration’s actions. The college said he had been dismissed for…


Egypt Blocks Entry by Scholar Critical of Government

An American scholar who has criticized Egypt’s government was blocked from entering the country late Friday night, The New York Times reports.

Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had flown to Cairo for a conference organized by the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs. Ms. Dunne said in a telephone interview with the Times that she had been held for about six hours at the Cairo airport, then put on a flight out of the country. It appeared to be t…


Harvard Professor Eats Crow at Chinese Restaurant

A Harvard Business School professor has apologized for lambasting an employee of a Chinese restaurant in emails claiming he was overcharged by $4, according to a statement on his personal website.

The emails—between Benjamin G. Edelman, the professor, and Ran Duan, who works at a branch of Sichuan Garden, a restaurant founded by his parents—went viral on Tuesday after they were published by The Boston Globe.

“Having reflected on my interaction with Ran, including what I said and how I said it, i…


Graduate Assistants at U. of Oregon End Strike

Graduate assistants at the University of Oregon have reached a tentative contract agreement with the administration, ending an eight-day strike that left classes short-staffed as final examinations began, The Oregonian reports. The university met the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation’s central demand for paid medical and family leave by guaranteeing that a hardship fund would be established.

The deal’s announcement followed a 22-hour mediation session. Union officials told the newspaper that …


MIT Pulls Professor’s Online Lectures After Sexual-Harassment Finding

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has taken down online lectures by a former faculty member after it determined he had sexually harassed a woman on the Internet, The Boston Globe reports. A woman who was participating in MITx, the institute’s online-learning platform, filed a complaint against Walter Lewin in October.

Mr. Lewin stopped teaching on the campus in 2008, and last taught an MITx course in 2013. The Globe could not reach him for comment on Monday night.

“Dr. Lewin had a long a…


Judge Blocks U. of Kansas From Releasing Lecturer’s Correspondence

A state judge has blocked the University of Kansas from releasing the correspondence of a lecturer who previously worked for the conservative Koch brothers until the court can sort out whether the documents are covered by the state’s open-records laws.

Judge Robert Fairchild of the state district court for Douglas County, Kan., on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order barring the university from releasing the correspondence of Arthur Hall, director of the university’s Center for Applie…


N.Y. Adjunct Union Ousts Leader Who Tried to Fine Non-Striking Members

The union representing part-time instructors at Nassau Community College has voted out a leader who had sought to levy a $1,000 fine against members who refused last year to participate in a strike.

In voting conducted in November and tallied on Tuesday, members of the New York college’s Adjunct Faculty Association unseated Charles Loiacono, a former English professor who had been the union’s president for 19 years. In an interview with Newsday, Stefan Krompier, a professor of marketing who narr…