Category Archives: The Profession

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3 Military Psychologists Accuse Torture Investigator of ‘Bias’ and ‘Grandstanding’

Three Army psychologists have harshly criticized an independent investigation that found that the American Psychological Association had colluded with the Department of Defense in shaping ethics rules related to torture, accusing its author of “prosecutorial bias” and “grandstanding rhetoric.”

In a statement posted to an APA email list over the weekend, the three psychologists wrote that the 542-page report put together by David H. Hoffman, a former federal prosecutor, “ignores or distorts key f…


NLRB Official Blocks Unionization of New School’s Graduate-Student Employees

A regional official of the National Labor Relations Board has held that New School students who work as graduate teaching or research assistants are ineligible to unionize as employees.

Students attempting to organize a union there had expressed hope that the institution’s opposition to their unionization would soften in the wake of a labor accord at nearby New York University, which abandoned its own fight against the unionization of graduate students in 2013 and in March agreed to a contract h…


Bergen Community College Cuts 64 Lecturer Positions to Save Money

Bergen Community College has cut 64 full-time lecturer positions in an effort to save money, The Record, a New Jersey newspaper, reports. The college says the move will save $934,000.

The college is asking the 64 lecturers to reapply for their jobs as adjuncts, who are paid $2,100 per course and don’t get benefits. Lecturers at the college, who teach roughly five courses per semester, are each paid a salary of $38,600 plus benefits.

The move follows the college’s decision this month to cut or re…


Texas Tech Is Investigating Professor’s Grade-Tampering Claim

Texas Tech University is investigating a professor’s allegation that grades he had recorded were later altered, allowing students who had done poorly in his class to earn M.B.A.s.

The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech’s student newspaper, reports that Jay Conover, the professor, first suspected something was amiss when he saw a handful of students’ names on the list to graduate.

“I recognized a lot of names, but I also recognized names of some who didn’t do well in my class, and I wondered, ‘How did th…


U. of New Hampshire’s President Condemns Guide to ‘Bias-Free Language’

A University of New Hampshire guide to “bias-free language” drew criticism on Wednesday from social-media posts that cited it as an example of political correctness gone too far, and it was even condemned by the college’s president. The Associated Press reports the president, Mark W. Huddleston, said the guide, which calls use of the word “American” problematic, among other things, is not campus policy.

“I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use o…


Professor Is Out Following Investigation Into Anti-Gay Facebook Post

A business professor at an Ontario college no longer has his job after administrators investigated reports that he had made an anti-gay remark on Facebook. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports St. Lawrence College announced Tuesday on Twitter that it had investigated claims against Rick Coupland and that he no longer works at the college:


After Years of Fighting, Point Park U. Will Let Professors Unionize

More than a decade after its faculty voted to unionize, Point Park University has dropped its opposition to the effort, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The college had previously argued that full-time faculty members had enough say in governance to disqualify them from unionizing, under the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling National Labor Relations Board v. Yeshiva University.

The college’s president, Paul Hennigan, said on Monday that his administration had “no interest in having a fight …


Boston College Is Penalized for Retaliating Against Bipolar Professor

Boston College must award a chemistry professor $125,000 and back pay for illegally retaliating against him after he completed a medical leave, a state agency has ruled. The Boston Globe reports that a hearing officer with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination found this month that the college had not honored its promise to welcome back William Armstrong, who is bipolar, from medical leave, and instead barred him from department meetings.

The officer, Betty E. Waxman, acknowledged …


U. of Wisconsin Professor’s Tweets Draw Criticism From Her Own Colleagues

[Updated (7/16/2015, 6:54 p.m.) with a statement from the executive committee of Madison's Faculty Senate.]

A professor’s tweets to incoming students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison have drawn the ire of the campus’s College Republicans as well as a prominent faculty group, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of educational policy and sociology who is also one of the most prominent voices in the academic Twittersphere, sent the tweets more than a mont…


Days After Leak of Damning Report, 3 APA Officials Announce Departures

[Updated (7/14/2015, 3:10 p.m.) with reactions to the announcement.]

The American Psychological Association announced on Tuesday that three of its longtime senior leaders would leave their posts. Their departures come in the wake of an independent investigation that found that APA officials worked closely with the Department of Defense to ensure that the association’s ethics policy permitted psychologists to participate in the military’s often-brutal interrogation program during the George W. Bu…