Category Archives: The Profession

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Temple U. Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

Temple University’s adjunct faculty members have voted overwhelmingly to become part of a union local affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers.

The vote was 609 to 266, according to Kate Childs Graham, an AFT spokeswoman. As a result, more than 1,400 part-time faculty members at Temple will join the university’s AFT affiliate, the Temple Association of University Professionals, roughly doubling the union local’s size.


Occidental Faculty Weighs System for Reports of Microaggressions

Occidental College faculty members are considering the creation of a formal system to let students report them for microaggressions, according to a document first obtained by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian advocacy group.

The proposed microaggression-reporting system is part of a broader plan to respond to black-student unrest at the California college, and is scheduled to be put before the faculty at its December…


Complaint Accuses U. of Kansas Professor of Racial Discrimination in Class

A professor at the University of Kansas at Lawrence is on leave while the university investigates a complaint accusing her of racially discriminatory behavior in class, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. Graduate students, meanwhile, are pursuing a social-media campaign demanding that she be fired.

Andrea M. Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies, told the newspaper she was notified on Friday morning that five individuals had filed the complaint with the university’s Office…


Anthropology Association Moves Forward on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

The American Anthropological Association moved closer to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions on Friday, as members at the group’s annual meeting, in Denver, voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution calling for the move. The resolution now will be sent to the association’s full membership for a final vote this coming spring.

The resolution calls for the association to refrain from any formal work with Israeli colleges and universities, though it does not address individual scholars. Th…


Photos of Black Professors Are Defaced at Harvard Law School

Black tape was found covering the faces of black Harvard Law School professors on framed photographs outside a lecture hall on Thursday, a day after students there held a rally in solidarity with other campuses protesting racism across the country.

Photos of the taped-over pictures circulated on Twitter:


U. of Montana Plans to Eliminate 52 Faculty Jobs as Part of Budget Cuts

The University of Montana at Missoula will eliminate 201 full-time jobs, including 52 faculty posts, because of budget concerns, The Billings Gazette reports.

The university’s president, Royce C. Engstrom, who announced the cuts on Tuesday, said the disciplines most heavily affected would be journalism, anthropology, English, geography, liberal studies, art, political science, and forestry management, among others. Of the faculty positions being cut, 25 are already vacant.

Professors responded b…


Rider U. Faculty Accepts Pay Freeze to Forestall Layoffs and Program Cuts

Rider University has dropped plans to lay off faculty members and shut down academic programs after its faculty union agreed to a two-year freeze in wages, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The planned cuts, announced in October, would have resulted in 14 layoffs and 14 program closures, and would have saved $2 million. An agreement that includes the pay freeze was approved on Friday by the New Jersey university’s board, the Inquirer reported.


AAUP Calls for Repeal of Campus-Carry Legislation

The American Association of University Professors has called for the repeal of so-called campus-carry legislation, which permits people who hold concealed-handgun licenses to carry their weapons at colleges.

“College campuses are marketplaces of ideas, and a rigorous academic exchange of ideas may be chilled by the presence of weapons,” reads the AAUP’s statement, in part. “Students and faculty members will not be comfortable discussing controversial subjects if they think there might be a gun i…


U. of Illinois Will Pay Salaita $600,000 to Settle Lawsuits

[Updated (11/12/2015, 12:49 p.m.) with news of the board's approval and a statement from Mr. Salaita.]

A settlement between the University of Illinois and Steven G. Salaita will pay the professor, whose tenured-job offer at the Urbana-Champaign campus was revoked last year, $600,000 to drop two lawsuits. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the settlement, which also stipulates that the university pay Mr. Salaita’s lawyers $275,000.

The deal follows more than a year …


U. of Missouri Professor Offers to Resign After Declining to Cancel Class

A University of Missouri professor has offered to resign after he was criticized for declining to cancel his Wednesday class with the Columbia campus on edge amid rumors of violence and online threats. The local television station KOMU reported that Dale E. Brigham, an associate teaching professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology, had offered to resign, but that administrators had not accepted the resignation as of Wednesday evening.

“I am just trying to do what I think is …