Category Archives: The Profession

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Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Saint Louis U.

Adjunct faculty members in two divisions of Saint Louis University have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday.

Part-time instructors in the university’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences voted 89 to 28 in favor of forming a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. One hundred and fifty-six adjuncts were eligible to vote.

The vote followed successful union drives by the SEIU at other campuses in the St. Louis a…


Faculty Strike Begins at Green River Community College

Faculty members at Green River Community College began a strike on Monday to protest its proposal to cut 11 programs, The Seattle Times reports.

The faculty said the strike at the Washington college would last three days, in order to minimally disrupt students’ lives. The last day of the quarter is June 10.

This month the college’s faculty voted no confidence in President Eileen E. Ely over the proposed cuts. Under the proposal, five tenured and one tenure-track faculty member would lose their j…


Professor Who Says He Was Fired for Bathroom-Bill Post Is Reinstated

A faculty member at Hampden-Sydney College who said he had been fired over his Facebook post weighing in on the national debate surrounding transgender-rights legislation will teach next year at the Virginia college, it announced on Thursday.

Lt. Gen. William (Jerry) Boykin recently took to Facebook saying that he opposed bills that would allow transgender people to use bathrooms reflecting their gender identity. North Carolina has recently faced a national backlash for enacting a bill, HB2, tha…


Professor Is Awarded $2.2 Million in Discrimination Case Against William Paterson U.

A black education professor at William Paterson University of New Jersey has been awarded a total of more than $2 million in damages after a jury found that the college harassed and discriminated against her because of her race and religion, The Record reported on Thursday.

The professor, Althea Hylton-Lindsay, filed suit in 2013, saying she had been harassed after a new dean, Candace Burns, came to the university. A week after Ms. Hylton-Lindsay filed a complaint with the college, she was remov…


Facing Budget Cuts, Kentucky Community College System Lays Off 45 Faculty Members

The Kentucky Community and Technical College system has trimmed more than 500 positions, including those of 45 faculty and 125 staff members who were laid off, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on Wednesday.

The system faced a $26-million shortfall this year from repeated state budget cuts and declining enrollment. Earlier this month, the system’s president, Jay Box, warned of looming reductions in spending.

To offset the cuts, colleges across the system have eliminated 191 faculty positions …


Illinois Professors Speak Out Against Governor’s Pick for Higher-Ed Board

Professors at Illinois colleges and universities spoke out this week in interviews with The News-Gazette against Gov. Bruce V. Rauner’s nominee to the faculty seat on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Mr. Rauner, a Republican who took office in 2015 and has made a name for himself by slashing state funds to higher education, nominated John Bambenek, a part-time lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and onetime Republican candidate for the State Senate, on April 15. So…


Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Religious Colleges’ Contraception Case

Rather than rule on the merits of a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s provision for private health-insurance plans to offer women free access to contraception, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to send the case back to a lower court.

During oral arguments in the case, Zubik v. Burwell, No. 14-1418, in March, lawyers representing religious colleges argued that their clients were morally opposed to any involvement of their employee-insurance plans in providing contraception coverage. T…


CUNY’s Faculty Union Votes to Authorize Strike

The City University of New York’s faculty union has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike as a five-year standoff over a contract drags on.

More than 10,000 unionized faculty and staff members participated in the vote, and 92 percent voted in favor of the strike authorization, the union announced on Thursday. They don’t plan to strike during this academic year, said Barbara Bowen, the union’s president and a professor of English at CUNY’s Queens College, but might do so in the fall if…


Graduate Students Sue Mizzou Over Right to Form a Union

Graduate students at the University of Missouri have sued the institution, demanding that it recognize their affirmative vote to form a union, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. Listed as plaintiffs in the suit, filed on Wednesday, are the Coalition of Graduate Workers and six individual graduate students.

The suit represents the latest agitation between the university and its graduate students, which was touched off by the university’s sudden decision last year to revoke graduate assistants’ h…


Ball State U. Grants Tenure to Faculty Member Who Once Taught Intelligent Design as Science

A Ball State University faculty member who was told in 2013 to stop teaching intelligent design has been awarded tenure, The Star Press of Muncie, Ind., reported on Wednesday.

Eric Hedin, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, told The Star Press he was pleased to receive approval for tenure. “I look forward to continuing my professional contributions to Ball State University,” he said.

In 2013 Mr. Hedin taught that nature shows signs of intelligent design, contrary to evolution. Jo An…