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Research

What Happens When Your Research Is Featured on ‘Fox & Friends’

A foundational piece of research on microaggressions, cited as a guide by several universities, has surfaced as ammunition in the war over sensitivity in higher education.

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Faculty

AAUP Rethinks How It Fights Governing Boards

The American Association of University Professors plans to review its policies dealing with colleges’ governing boards in response to fears of ineffectiveness and controversy surrounding its sanction of the University of Iowa.

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Research

Data Mining Points Path to Helping Female and Minority Scientists

Research from Harvard suggests that measuring "reach" — how closely one journal author is connected to others — could be a key factor in career advancement.

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Publishing

‘Fem Fog’ Fallout: Scholars Wrestle With Honoring a Colleague Tarnished by a Blog Post

Well before Allen J. Frantzen’s comments on feminism were widely condemned by fellow medievalists, scholars started compiling a work celebrating his career. Five years later, some are getting cold feet.

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Research

Historians of Slavery Find Fruitful Terrain: Their Own Institutions

In a year when student activists pushed colleges to reconsider racially charged monuments and building names, researchers who investigate campus history have found new momentum.

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Research

Federal Agencies Don’t Fund Big Gun-Violence Research. Can California?

The state’s Legislature voted on Thursday to create the California Firearm Violence Research Center in the UC system, aimed at "filling the gap" left by restrictions at the federal level.

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Faculty

Turmoil Raises Specter of Faculty Exodus From Public Colleges

High-profile defections stoke rumors of a mass exit, but even if professors aren’t fleeing in droves, there’s plenty of maneuvering behind the scenes.

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Faculty

AAUP Rebukes Universities for Their Boards’ Actions

The American Association of University Professors censures or sanctions four colleges and sidesteps calls to take stands against fossil-fuel investments and in favor of Hillary Clinton.

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Teaching

How One Professor Is Trying to Paint a Richer Portrait of Effective Teaching

Philip B. Stark found that student evaluations of teaching can be tainted by gender bias. He’s spearheading an effort among his peers to rely on those evaluations less, and to use other methods instead.

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Faculty

Academics in Sexual Minorities Can Feel a Need to Stay Closeted

A researcher who extensively interviewed LGBTQ faculty members heard from many who associated being open about their identity with tokenism or career derailment.

Graduate Students

In UCLA Shooter’s Motive, Echoes of an Age-Old Academic Fear

Mainak Sarkar’s unsupported claim that his professor, William Klug, stole his work reflects a common anxiety that has led to resentment and lawsuits elsewhere.

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Teaching

The Making of a Teaching Evangelist

How Eric Mazur came to realize that the traditional classroom lecture had to go.

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Faculty

Even for ‘Mad Men’ Obsessives, Higher-Ed Marketing Inspires Unease

As universities struggle to affirm their value and stand out from competitors, faculty members feel pressure to sell themselves and the institutions they represent.

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Faculty

Why Did a UCLA Professor Become a Target of His Enraged Advisee?

William Klug helped a struggling doctoral student when others saw little in the man’s work that was worth salvaging. Mr. Klug’s killing by that student left those who knew the professor baffled.

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Teaching

What Should a Major Teach? ‘Adrift’ Authors Offer Answers

A book edited by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa describes a two-year, faculty-led project to define the main ideas and practices at the core of six popular disciplines.

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Faculty

Emeritus Professors Make a Case for Campuses to Tap Their Talents

Often there’s no measure of what retired faculty members contribute, but in the University of California system, they’re taking stock.

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Research

Is It Time for Universities to Get Out of the Hospital Business?

The health-care industry is turning inside out, forcing some elite institutions to consider whether their once-lucrative medical centers are becoming liabilities.

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Faculty

This Professor Enrolled as an Undercover Student

Mike Cross describes what motivated him, what secrets he learned, and how hard many community-college students have it.

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Faculty

What Colleges Can Do to Diversify Their Curricula

Student protesters at Seattle University want fewer "dead white dudes" in their curriculum. Is that possible?

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Faculty

A ‘Devastating Account’ of Diversity at Yale

Ambitious plans and a repeated failure to execute them characterize the university’s record of confronting race, a faculty panel concludes.

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Research

‘It’ll Never Stop!’ Linguistics Scholar Warns of Great Emoji Flood

The demand for new emoji has made the work of the Unicode Consortium, which develops standards for the display of text in software, newly relevant. But has it gotten out of hand?

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Faculty

AAUP Accuses U. of Missouri System of Violating Melissa Click’s Rights

Investigators with the American Association of University Professors said that the controversial faculty member’s firing set a precedent that threatens academic freedom.

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Graduate Students

Building a Better ‘Bridge’ to the Ph.D.

An HBCU works with a top research university to help minority students transition from the master’s.

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Research

The Life of ‘The Party Decides’

Four political-science professors contemplate the improbable rise and fall of an obscure academic text in the time of Trump.

Publishing

What Do the Authors of Sci-Hub’s Most-Downloaded Articles Think About Sci-Hub?

We spoke with a few of them, and for the most part, they had no problem with being popular on the piracy network.