Category Archives: The Profession

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College Chief Apologizes After Controversy Over Student’s Research Poster

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s president has apologized for the decision to move an undergraduate’s research poster, which featured a large image of the female reproductive anatomy, during an annual symposium.

The controversy arose during an event known as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, a showcase for student-led research projects. Near the entrance to the event was a student’s poster portraying “an artistic rendering of the female anatomy,” said Lisa Akc…


Budget Cuts Prompt U. of North Dakota to Eliminate More Than 100 Positions

The University of North Dakota will cut 138 positions, including 51 on the faculty, in response to state budget retrenchment, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

The institution’s interim president, Ed Schafer, announced the cuts at Thursday’s meeting of the state’s Board of Higher Education. The university, in Grand Forks, faces a $21.5-million reduction, the AP reported.

Earlier this month the university announced it would eliminate its men’s golf and baseball programs because of the bu…


Duke’s President Will Step Down in 2017

Duke University’s president, Richard H. Brodhead, will resign from his post on June 30, 2017, at the end of the next academic year, a university news release said on Thursday.

Mr. Brodhead took the reins at Duke in 2004, two years before a lacrosse scandal in which three white Duke lacrosse players were falsely accused of rape by a black student at North Carolina Central University.

The criminal case and the university’s response sparked national debates about college athletes’ behavior, the rol…


George Mason Faculty Calls on Leaders to Abandon Scalia Name for Law School

George Mason University’s Faculty Senate voted on Wednesday to condemn the renaming of the university’s law school to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court. BuzzFeed News reported that the body had voted 21 to 13 to call for the renaming process to be reopened. The vote is only symbolic.

At the meeting, BuzzFeed reported, faculty members slammed the university not only for its choice of name, but also for accepting, in exchange for the Scalia renaming, $30 million from the c…


UC-Davis Chancellor Is Placed on Leave

[Last updated (4/28/2016, 9:40 a.m.) with a statement from the office of president of the University of California system.]

The chancellor of the University of California at Davis, Linda P.B. Katehi, was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday night, pending an investigation of information that “raises serious questions” about whether she may have violated university policies, according to a statement from the office of the president of the University of California system.

The system’s pre…


Minnesota State Officials Shelve Controversial Rule to Examine Employee Cellphones

Administrators in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have shelved a controversial rule that let university officials examine employees’ personal cellphones, the Star Tribune reported on Monday.

The rule, which took effect on April 1, would have allowed administrators to look over employees’ private phones, computers, and other mobile devices they use for work. The rule has drawn resistance from state lawmakers and university employees alike.

The system decided to put a hold on …


Law Dean Accused of Harassment Says Berkeley Violated His Rights

A month after the dean of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law stepped down following a sexual-harassment lawsuit, the tenured professor has accused the university of violating his due-process rights, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Sujit Choudhry resigned last month, two days after a former assistant filed a suit accusing him of repeatedly sexually harassing her. In July 2015 a university investigation found Mr. Choudhry had sexually harassed the woman, and punished him …


Scholars Sue American Studies Association Over Boycott of Israel

[Updated (4/20/2016, 2:57 p.m.) with a statement from the association.]

Four professors have sued the American Studies Association over its boycott of Israel’s academic institutions, saying the move exceeds the scope of the organization’s charter, according to a news release issued by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.

The association’s 2013 vote to approve the boycott, in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, provoked a backlash from scholars who said it posed a s…


Professor Is Mauled by Bear During Course on Mountaineering

An outdoor-studies professor at the University of Alaska Southeast was mauled by a bear on Monday while teaching a mountaineering course, the Associated Press reports.

The professor, Forest Wagner, 35, was with 12 students on Mount Emmerich, near Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked. A student hiked down the mountain to find cellphone reception to call for help.

Mr. Wagner was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center, in Anchorage, which said he was in serious condition. No students were injure…


Morehead State Faculty Senate Censures President After He Proposed Unpaid Furlough

Morehead State University’s Faculty Senate voted last week to censure the Kentucky institution’s president, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

The Senate voted 23 to 11 to censure Wayne D. Andrews, signaling serious dissatisfaction with his leadership. The vote stemmed from the lack of faculty input on campus decisions, the body’s chairwoman told the newspaper.

It is unclear whether the vote was related to Mr. Andrews’s decision to place all faculty and staff members on a weeklong unpaid furlo…