Category Archives: The Profession

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Adjuncts at Ithaca College Vote to Unionize

Adjunct professors at Ithaca College have voted to unionize with the Service Employees International Union, the group said in a news release on Thursday. Part-time professors at the New York college voted 172 to 53 in favor of unionizing, according to the release.

The vote represents the latest victory for the union’s Adjunct Action project, which seeks to organize adjuncts across the country. New York colleges whose adjuncts have also voted to unionize with the SEIU include the College of Saint…


New Group Seeks to Blacklist Pro-Palestinian Student Activists

A secretive new organization called Canary Mission has established a slick website intended to identify pro-Palestinian activists on American college campuses and prevent them from getting jobs, The Forward reports.

The group’s website profiles more than 50 students, recent graduates, and faculty members whom it denounces as “anti-freedom, anti-American, and anti-Semitic.” The group says it compiled such a list because “we believe in the right of employers to know which potentially threatening o…


As Degrees Are Cut, Critics Continue to Decry Dismantling of U. of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors last week voted to cut dozens of degree programs, The News & Observer reports. The board has voted to eliminate programs across the 16-campus system every other year for the past two decades, but this time around critics of the Republican-appointed board decried the vote as representative of its members’ quest to strip the vaunted system bare.

One board member’s remarks to The Daily Tar Heel, the system flagship’s campus newspaper, did…


Judge Orders Texas Tech to Restore Professor’s Post

Texas Tech University must restore the teaching responsibilities of a professor who says his anti-tenure views cost him a deanship and an honorary-professor title, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. James C. Wetherbe had accused the university’s former provost, Robert Smith, of reducing his teaching load and failing to award him the Paul Whitfield Horn Professorship because of his outspoken views against tenure. Judge Ruben Reyes, of the 72nd District Court, ordered Texas Tech officials to a…


W.Va. Court Shields Researcher’s Records on Health Effects of Mining

The West Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday shielded from disclosure a former West Virginia University researcher’s records of his work concerning the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining, The Charleston Gazette reported.

The scholar, Michael Hendryx, who is now a professor at Indiana University at Bloomington, led research that found that people living near mountaintop-removal mines faced higher risks of cancer and premature death. A mining company had sued the university for access to …


Bible-College Professor Leaves Job After Criticizing Church Over Sex Scandal

A professor at a small Bible college in Florissant, Mo., who has been a vocal critic of a local church’s handling of a sex-abuse scandal said the matter had prompted him to resign from his job at St. Louis Christian College, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The professor, Douglas Lay, had been a member of the First Christian Church of Florissant, which has close ties to the college, according to the newspaper. He and others in the church’s congregation argued that church leaders had mishand…


Israel-Boycott Debate Spurs Fight Over Definition of ‘Anti-Semitism’

Allegations of anti-Semitism leveled at advocates of economic sanctions against Israel have spurred a fight over how colleges should define speech that victimizes Jewish students. Some Jewish groups want colleges to use a definition of anti-Semitism crafted by the U.S. State Department, but many critics of Israel argue that the State Department’s definition is too expansive and covers statements about Israel that should be considered fair game.

More than 100 faculty members at the University of …


U. of Denver Law School Scores a Marijuana Professorship

The University of Denver’s law school is blazing a new trail in the professoriate.

Thanks to a $45,000 donation from Vicente Sederberg LLC, a self-described “full-service marijuana law firm” based in Denver, the Sturm College of Law has established what the firm says is the first professorship of marijuana law in the world.

The three-year professorship will be held first by Sam Kamin, a professor and director of the school’s Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program, the firm said in a news rel…


Marquette Scraps Mural of Convicted Murderer and Fugitive After Criticism

Marquette University has quickly painted over a campus mural of a woman on the FBI’s most-wanted list after a faculty member criticized it online, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The mural showed Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, who in 1977 was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper but later escaped to Cuba, where she lives today. It had been displayed in the university’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center since at least March.

On Saturday, John McAdams, an asso…


Professor’s Online Comments About ‘the Blacks’ Were ‘Noxious,’ Duke Says

A political-science professor at Duke University is in hot water over a comment he posted online generalizing about “the blacks” and “the Asians,” The News & Observer reports.

In a comment on a New York Times editorial about the recent protests in Baltimore, Jerry Hough wrote, in part: “Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration.”

Mr. …