Category Archives: The Profession

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Jewish-Studies Scholars Condemn List of ‘Anti-Semitic’ Professors

Thirty Jewish-studies professors have released a statement condemning a group that circulated a list of professors in Middle Eastern studies whom it labeled anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic and urged students to avoid. The Amcha Initiative, an activist group whose mission is “to investigate, document, educate about, and combat anti-Semitic behavior on college and university campuses,” published the list, of more than 200 professors, who it said support an academic boycott of Israel.

Calling that pub…


U. of Arizona Reprimands Professor in Wake of Plagiarism Inquiry

The University of Arizona has reprimanded a professor after an investigation into allegations that she plagiarized the work of a former student, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The student accused Susannah Dickinson, an assistant professor in Arizona’s School of Architecture, of lifting material from his master’s thesis and presenting it as her own work. Ms. Dickinson was the faculty adviser for the student’s thesis.

A university committee reviewed three allegations of plagiarism. Andrew C. Com…


Salaita Will Give Lecture at Centenary College of Louisiana

Steven G. Salaita, the scholar at the center of an academic-freedom controversy that has rocked the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give a public lecture on Monday at Centenary College of Louisiana, the college announced on Thursday.

Illinois had offered Mr. Salaita a tenured professorship in American Indian studies, but later withdrew it after the scholar attracted scrutiny for a stream of profanity-laced tweets that criticized Israel. Many academics have denounced the universi…


Professor Accused of Past Sex Abuse Resigns From U. of St. Thomas (Minn.)

A professor at the University of St. Thomas who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl more than a decade ago has resigned from the Minnesota university’s faculty, the Star Tribune reported.

The Rev. Michael J. Keating, an associate professor of Catholic studies, was accused of abusing the girl while he was studying to be a priest. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The university announced his resignation this week and posted his resignation letter on its website.

“After careful considerat…


Adjuncts in Michigan and Louisiana Protest Long Waits for Pay

Part-time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University are protesting a decision by its administration to delay their first paycheck, leaving them among many adjunct instructors nationwide who find themselves facing long waits to be compensated at the start of each academic year.

Adjunct instructors at Delgado Community College, in New Orleans, are similarly facing financial hardship as a result of the college’s decision to extend their wait for their first paycheck from five weeks to seven, The Tim…


Pitt Professors Are Wary of Signing Away Intellectual-Property Rights

Faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh are skeptical of a directive to “irrevocably assign and transfer to the university” their rights, title, and interest to all intellectual property produced during their employment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Administrators say the rule, which also applies to nonclerical staff members, is necessary to keep the university eligible for federal research dollars because of the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Stanford v. Roche. That ruling, acco…


U. of Illinois Board Votes Down Salaita Appointment

The University of Illinois’s Board of Trustees voted on Thursday to deny the appointment of Steven G. Salaita to a professorship on the Urbana-Champaign campus, in the latest chapter of a month-old saga that has inflamed academe.

That Mr. Salaita’s appointment appeared on the list of proposed faculty hires to be voted on by the board came as a surprise. The campus’s chancellor, Phyllis M. Wise, who has been the subject of several no-confidence votes at the college, maintained in recent weeks tha…


Salaita Tells Supporters He Is Committed to Teaching at U. of Illinois

Steven G. Salaita told a crowd of about 200 supporters on Tuesday afternoon that he remains committed to teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, according to various media reports.

A lawyer representing Mr. Salaita said the professor was prepared to pursue legal action if he was not hired, according to a live blog from The News-Gazette. Mr. Salaita was hired last year to teach in the university’s program in American Indian studies, but the offer was rescinded after he drew co…


Breaking Public Silence, Salaita Will Speak on Rescinded Appointment

Steven G. Salaita, whose rescinded appointment to the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has sparked an outcry in academe, will speak publicly about the controversy for the first time on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Center for Constitutional Rights, a legal group that is representing him.

Mr. Salaita will visit the campus on Tuesday to speak about his situation, along with other “organized attacks on free speech on campuses and concerns about academic free…


AAUP Says ‘Trigger Warnings’ Threaten Academic Freedom

The American Association of University Professors has taken a formal stand in opposition to “trigger warnings,” or advance notices to students that instructional material might elicit from them a troubling emotional response.

In a report issued on Monday, the AAUP argues that trigger warnings threaten academic freedom and the quality of instruction, and says there are better means of helping students who are the victims of trauma.

The use of trigger warnings suggests “that classrooms should offe…