Category Archives: The Profession

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Fellow Philosophers Criticize Yale Scholar for Alleged Sexual Harassment

More than 200 philosophers across the country have signed an open letter criticizing a Yale University professor who was accused of sexual harassment, BuzzFeed reported on Monday.

The professor, Thomas Pogge, was accused in a federal civil-rights complaint of sexually harassing students.

The letter says the behavior described by Mr. Pogge’s accusers “violates the norms of appropriate professional conduct.” The signers say that “based on the information that has been made public, we strongly cond…


CUNY and Faculty Union Reach Tentative Deal to End Long Labor Fight

The City University of New York and its faculty union have reached a tentative agreement that would end a longstanding labor dispute, the parties announced on Thursday.

The union, known as the Professional Staff Congress, said in a news release that the proposed agreement “provides 10.41 percent in compounded salary increases over a period of slightly more than seven years, from October 20, 2010, through November 30, 2017.” The union said its members had not seen raises in more than six years.



St. Cloud State U. President Dies in Car Crash

Earl H. Potter III, president of Minnesota’s St. Cloud State University, died in a car accident on Monday evening, the Associated Press reports.

He was driving to the Twin Cities for a meeting with the chair of the university foundation’s board, said the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chancellor, Steven J. Rosenstone. Mr. Potter’s SUV hit a guardrail, flipped over several times, and then collided with cable barriers, the highway patrol told the AP.

He had served as St. Cloud’s preside…


Anthropology Group Narrowly Rejects Resolution on Israel Boycott

Members of the American Anthropological Association have narrowly voted to reject a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, Inside Higher Ed has reported.

Fifty-one perfect of the association’s members voted on the resolution, with 2,423 members opposing it and 2,384 supporting it. Last fall a much smaller group of members voted at the association’s annual meeting to support the resolution.

The association said in a news release that its board had approved a series of …


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Maryland’s McDaniel College

Adjunct professors at McDaniel College, a private institution in Maryland, have voted to unionize, according to results released on Monday and reported by The Baltimore Sun.

The union, which will also represent graduate teaching assistants, will be affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which in recent years has mounted a nationwide campaign to form adjunct unions at colleges in metropolitan areas, in hopes of increasing the unions’ leverage in collective bargaining.



Boss Tells Feuding TCU Workers to Settle Dispute With Fistfight

Two maintenance workers at Texas Christian University settled a year-and-a-half-old feud with a fistfight after their supervisor told them to “fight it out,” the Star-Telegram reported on Monday.

The boss called the pair into his office on Friday and told the men to fight to settle their dispute — or quit.

According to a police report, the supervisor drove the men to an off-campus park to “engage in mutual combat.” After the showdown, the three returned to the university’s physical-plant offic…


Thousands Mark Tiananmen Anniversary in Hong Kong, Minus Student Groups

The Associated Press is reporting that student groups dropped out of this year’s vigil in Hong Kong marking the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, in which Chinese government troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators, including students, in Beijing.

The vigil, which organizers said attracted 125,000 this year, annually commemorates the June 4, 1989, crackdown by the Chinese military against a student-led reform movement. The Hong Kong student groups that participated …


Seattle U.’s Humanities Dean Is Placed on Leave After Student Sit-In

Seattle University has placed the dean of its humanities college on administrative leave following a 22-day sit-in by students protesting the college’s curriculum, The Seattle Times reported on Thursday.

The dean of Matteo Ricci College, Jodi O. Kelly, was at the center of student protests that began last month.

Students called on her to resign and demanded that the college’s curriculum be diversified, saying it focused too much on Western ideas and, in short, too many “dead white dudes.”



Gunman Kills UCLA Professor and Then Himself

[Last updated (6/1/2016, 11:50 p.m.) with news of the professor's identity.]

A professor at the University of California at Los Angeles was shot to death on Wednesday by a gunman who then killed himself. According to several news sources, the assailant was an unidentified current or former student.

The faculty member was William S. Klug, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering whose research focused on computational biomechanics. The Los Angeles Times reported he was 39 and had two c…


Private College in Illinois Will Close Short-Lived Arizona Campus

A Chicago college, Saint Xavier University, is shutting the doors to its campus in Gilbert, Ariz., after just one year of operation, The Arizona Republic reported on Wednesday.

University officials said the closure, in a town southeast of Phoenix, was largely due to the Illinois budget crisis.

In July 2015, Bruce V. Rauner, Illinois’s Republican governor, and the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature began a long budget stalemate, putting public money on hold for colleges. Mr. Rauner had pro…