Category Archives: The Profession

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‘Whiteness’ Course at Arizona State Draws Torrent of Hate Mail

A professor at Arizona State University has received hostile emails and has been harassed on the campus and online after a Fox News commentator criticized a special-topics course he is teaching this semester called “U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness,” The Arizona Republic reports.

The professor, Lee Bebout, has received at least 70 hostile emails since January, when the Fox News correspondent Elisabeth Hasselbeck described the course as “unfair and wrong” in a segment of Fox & Friends.


Faculty Critic of NYU’s Role in Abu Dhabi Is Target of Secret Investigation

Andrew Ross, a faculty member at New York University who has been a sharp critic of the abuse of migrant workers in the construction of its campus in the United Arab Emirates, is the target of a mysterious investigation, The New York Times reports. An investigator has been seeking out “people to comment negatively” about him, the Times says, but has refused to disclose who hired her.

The investigation has also taken aim at a reporter, Ariel Kaminer, who co-wrote an article for the Times about th…


AAUP Calls Travel Ban on New York U. Professor ‘Troubling’

The American Association of University Professors says it is “deeply troubled” that a New York University professor, Andrew Ross, was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, according to a statement released on Thursday. Mr. Ross has been a vocal critic of the treatment of migrant laborers who built the university’s campus in Abu Dhabi, the emirates’ capital.

In its statement, the AAUP says the denial has “ominous implications” for academic freedom at the branch campus. “The AAUP urg…


New York U. Taps Oxford Vice Chancellor as Next President

Andrew D. Hamilton, vice chancellor of the University of Oxford and a former provost of Yale University, will be the next president of New York University, it announced on Wednesday. Mr. Hamilton will succeed John E. Sexton, the controversial leader who has overseen the university’s radical growth since he took office, in 2002.

The announcement came three days after one of NYU’s professors, Andrew Ross, was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, where the university has a branch campus. Mr. R…


NYU Professor Is Barred From United Arab Emirates

A New York University professor who has criticized the exploitation of migrant construction workers in the United Arab Emirates learned over the weekend that he had been barred from the country, The New York Times reported.

The professor, Andrew Ross, who specializes in labor issues, was trying to check in for a flight from Kennedy International Airport to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the emirates, when a computer flagged his passport. “I was told I couldn’t board the airplane,” Mr. Ross said…


Another Speaker Cancels Events at U. of Illinois Over Salaita Controversy

Another high-profile figure has canceled a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over the controversy surrounding Steven G. Salaita, The News-Gazette reports. But Anita Hill’s cancellation is not a show of support for Mr. Salaita, who was not appointed to a tenured professorship after controversy over his anti-Israel tweets and who has sued in response.

“I naïvely thought that a fruitful conversation on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign could lead t…


U. of New Hampshire Dismisses Professor Who Altered Colleague’s Teaching Evaluations

An associate professor of Spanish at the University of New Hampshire has been dismissed from his position, according to Initially fired in May 2013, after he admitted having lowered a colleague’s teaching evaluations, the professor, Marco Dorfsman, had been fighting for reinstatement ever since. He won a reprieve when his termination was overturned, in November 2013, by an independent arbitrator, who found that the university lacked just cause to fire him. In January 2014 a N…


Labor Board Reinstates Grad Students’ Union Petitions at Columbia and the New School

The National Labor Relations Board has revived the efforts of graduate students and the United Auto Workers to form unions at Columbia University and the New School, according to Capital New York. The website, which reports on city and state politics, says the board reinstated the groups’ petitions to be recognized after they were denied, on February 6, by the NLRB’s regional director for New York City.

In separate, brief rulings issued on Friday, the board said it was granting the groups at Co…


New Faculty Contract Restricts Rutgers’s Power to Freeze Pay

A tentative agreement between Rutgers University and its main faculty union curbs the administration’s power to withhold pay increases and also creates a fund to support the development of graduate and teaching assistants.

The question of when Rutgers can refuse to honor contractually pledged pay raises had been a major sticking point in negotiations between its administration and its nearly 4,700-member faculty union, which is affiliated with both the American Federation of Teachers and the Ame…


AAUP Assails Wisconsin Governor’s Autonomy Plan

The American Association of University Professors has come out against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut ties between the State of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin system.

The proposal “could profoundly undermine tenure, due process, and shared governance in the university system, principles that AAUP has long seen as essential to ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good,” the association said in a statement.

Raymond W. Cross, the system’s president, has supported t…