Category Archives: The Profession

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3 Questions Left Unanswered by Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Report

After the latest report of academic fraud at the University of North Carolina flagship was released on Wednesday, administrators said that, disturbing as the findings were, the campus’s four-year nightmare might finally end.

“I believe we now know all that we are able to know about what happened and how it happened,” said the system’s president, Thomas W. Ross, according to an account in The Daily Tar Heel.

But the 136-page report, the result of an investigation led by a former federal prosecuto…

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3 Key Findings in Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Investigation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the findings of a long-awaited, independent investigation into academic fraud in its department of African and Afro-American studies. The comprehensive, 136-page report tells a gripping narrative full of new revelations in the prolonged scandal. The findings take aim at a number of people at Chapel Hill who have previously been implicated in the scandal but who have denied any knowledge of or role in the alleged fraud.

Here a…

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Amid Uproar Over Arrests, Greensboro Chancellor Announces Retirement

The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Linda P. Brady, announced on Monday that she would retire next year, but said her decision was not related to faculty protests over the firings and arrests of three former employees, the News & Record reports.

Last month three university-relations employees were fired for using state-owned cameras in a freelance photography business, according to the university. They have each been charged with felonies. In recent days faculty mem…

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Russia Questions 2 U.S. Journalism Professors Who Led Workshops There

Joe Bergantino, executive director of Boston University’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and Randy Covington, who directs the Newsplex journalism training facility at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, were detained and questioned in Russia for about five hours on Thursday, according to reports by BU Today and The Boston Globe. The two had been teaching journalism workshops there.

Beth Daley, a reporter for the New England Center, told the Boston University news site …

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Free-Speech Lawsuit About Student’s Remarks on Lesbianism May Proceed

A free-speech lawsuit in which a former student at the University of New Mexico has accused it of blasting her views on lesbianism may proceed in court, a federal judge ruled last month. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Judge M. Christina Armijo of the U.S. District Court in Albuquerque denied the university’s motion to dismiss the case, which was filed last year by Monica Pompeo.

The case stems from a film critique Ms. Pompeo completed as part of a class in 2012. In the critique, she called…

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Philosophy Dept. Roiled by Claims of Sex Harassment to Resume Admissions

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s philosophy department will resume graduate admissions for the 2015-16 academic year. The move comes eight months after allegations of sexual harassment spurred the removal of the department’s chairman and the suspension of admissions. According to a news release from the university, the department has carried out a series of reforms that “address issues of harassment and discrimination.”

“I believe the department has had difficult conversations, worked thr…

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Feminist Speaker’s Cancellation Spurs Protest of Misogyny in Video-Gaming

A prominent critic of misogyny in video-gaming culture canceled a speech she was scheduled to give at Utah State University on Tuesday after she drew death threats. But the threats weren’t what prompted Anita Sarkeesian to cancel the talk, she said on Twitter:

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Steven Salaita Will Get $5,000 From AAUP’s Academic Freedom Fund

The American Association of University Professors Foundation will give $5,000 to Steven G. Salaita, who was offered a professorship by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but then saw it revoked after he wrote tweets critical of Israel. The money comes from the foundation’s Academic Freedom Fund, which provides “temporary financial aid” to “faculty members whose means of support are reduced or cut off because of their involvement in academic-freedom controversies.”

Mr. Salaita has thr…

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Chinese-American Scholar’s Books Are Banned Amid Protests in Hong Kong

Chinese officials have blocked the sale of books by Yu Ying-shih, a Chinese-American scholar who has supported pro-democracy movements playing out in Hong Kong, the Associated Press reports. Mr. Yu, an emeritus professor of East Asian studies and of history at Princeton University, has publicly backed protesters who for weeks have been sparring with the police in Hong Kong over more autonomy.

“If you keep following the orders” of the Communist Party, “don’t you become 100-percent slaves eventual…

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Controversial Philosopher Will Step Down as Editor of Influential Rankings

Brian Leiter, the philosopher who has come under intense criticism in recent weeks for his caustic rhetoric, will step down as editor of The Philosophical Gourmet Report, an influential ranking of philosophy departments.

Mr. Leiter, director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values, announced the change in a blog post on Friday, after the publication’s advisory board voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move. Mr. Leiter will remain the publication’s editor unti…