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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.

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Teaching

Carol Dweck Says Theory of Educational Mind-Set Is Often Misunderstood  

In an interview, the Stanford professor also shares some of her latest ideas about how to help students push forward when they have setbacks.

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Faculty

Meet the Wisconsin Student Leader Who Just Told Professors to Grow Up

The departing student-body president at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire explains why he excoriated faculty leaders for planning to vote no confidence in university-system officials.

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Faculty

Academic-Freedom Spat Triggers Wave of Resignations at Religious College  

Nearly half of the faculty members in a small department at Pacific Union College are leaving or stepping down in protest of administrators’ treatment of a professor who invited a controversial speaker.

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Faculty

The TEDification of the Large Lecture  

Oregon State University is among colleges that are redesigning arena classrooms and bringing higher production values to how they use them, to help keep students engaged.

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Faculty

Student Activists Tell Colleges: To Improve Racial Climate, Look Hard at Tenure  

At Rutgers University and elsewhere, they are raising questions about how race factors into tenure and promotion — and, in some cases, advocating for scholars whose bids were denied.

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Faculty

George Mason’s Plans to Honor Scalia Spark Protests Over the University’s Direction

Critics of an agreement to rename the Virginia institution's law school after the late Supreme Court justice see the move as evidence that the university is being steered rightward by big donors like the Charles Koch Foundation.

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Teaching

How Colleges Are Turning Their Racist Pasts Into Teaching Opportunities  

In keeping John C. Calhoun’s name on a college, Yale University says it welcomes the chance to teach American history. Here’s how that has worked out on three other campuses.

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Faculty

After 3 Years, U. of Colorado Deems Its Conservative-Scholars Program a Success  

But the Boulder campus’s invitation of visiting professors of conservative thought may not work elsewhere.

Teaching

Dissecting One (Extremely Boring) College Lecture  

Three teaching experts offer color commentary on a classroom scene, and discuss the pros and cons of this enduring teaching format.

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Teaching

What One Student Learned by Teaching His Peers  

Peer teaching is popular — and effective. A "learning assistant" in math at Florida International University says it even helped make him a better student.

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Faculty

Being Melissa Click  

Is the former Missouri professor an out-of-control activist? A poster child for academic freedom? Or something else?

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Graduate Students

How Colleges Help Foreign Grad Students With Their Teaching  

Language apps, cultural lessons, and theater skills are enlisted in getting international grad students more comfortable in front of the classroom.

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Faculty

A Final Round of Advice for Final Exams

Ready for final exams? Cram by revisiting some of our most-read advice on this all-important part of the year.

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Research

Zika Virus Complicates Crusade Against Research on Fetal Tissue  

Many, but not all, medical researchers say the material is vital for investigating how the virus affects infants’ brains while still in the womb.

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Research

The Pentagon Wants to Expand University Research Ties. Here’s What It’s Looking For.  

Stephen P. Welby, the new assistant secretary for research and engineering, says the Defense Department wants to build more relationships "with smart folks who are thinking about the future," including campus scientists.

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Faculty

How to Build a Major in a Young Field  

The University of Toledo’s new disability-studies program attracts undergradute interest.

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Publishing

Online Piracy of Academic Materials Extends to Scholarly Books  

A website called Library Genesis, apparently a sister site to the notorious Sci-Hub, has ripped off thousands of university-press titles.