The Chronicle of Higher Education | Faculty http://chronicle.com/section/Faculty/7/ News :: Faculty Mon, 04 May 2015 06:20:32 EDT <![CDATA[How Science-Literate Are You?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229753/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Science-Literate-Are-You-/229753/ See how your science knowledge compares with that of American citizens.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Do Smart Drugs Exist? The Answer Isn't So Simple]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229879/ http://chronicle.com/article/Do-Smart-Drugs-Exist-The/229879/ Several studies suggest that the cognitive benefits of prescription stimulants are modest at best.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Teaching Science So It Sticks]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229881/ http://chronicle.com/article/Teaching-Science-So-It-Sticks/229881/ As the nation focuses on producing more scientists, new courses seek to make the disciplines more accessible and rigorous for everybody else.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Universities Aim to Investigate Alternative Medicine, Not Promote It]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229787/ http://chronicle.com/article/Universities-Aim-to/229787/ A National Institutes of Health division has drawn criticism for supporting research into approaches like meditation and acupuncture.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:55:06 EDT
<![CDATA[AAUP Takes Illinois to Task in Report on Salaita Case]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229715/ http://chronicle.com/article/AAUP-Takes-Illinois-to-Task-in/229715/ A formal finding that the university violated principles of academic freedom sets the stage for a censure vote at the association’s conference, in June.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[MLA Election Slate Signals a Stronger Embrace of Writing Specialists]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229683/ http://chronicle.com/article/MLA-Election-Slate-Signals-a/229683/ Writing-studies scholars have often said that the Modern Language Association doesn’t do enough for them. That could change, as three such scholars vie for a key job.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:55:10 EDT
<![CDATA[What It Means to Reach for Carnegie's Top Tier]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229651/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-It-Means-to-Reach-for/229651/ After being battered by the recession, the University of Nevada at Reno has vowed to climb to new heights on the Carnegie classification.

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Peer Review Works, Says New Research on Citations and Patents]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229607/ http://chronicle.com/article/Peer-Review-Works-Says-New/229607/ The study, covering nearly three decades of projects backed by the National Institutes of Health, found that those with higher review scores earn more and better mentions.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:01:45 EDT
<![CDATA[Iowa Legislator Wants to Give Students the Chance to Fire Underwhelming Faculty]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229589/ http://chronicle.com/article/Iowa-Legislator-Wants-to-Give/229589/ A bill in the State Senate would require colleges to compile student evaluations of professors — and let students vote to dismiss one of those who score poorly.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:56:46 EDT
<![CDATA[8 Courses a Year for Every Professor? N.C. Lawmakers Ponder the Possibility]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229591/ http://chronicle.com/article/8-Courses-a-Year-for-Every/229591/ A bill in North Carolina that would dock the pay of any public-university professor who failed to reach a minimum teaching load has sparked faculty outrage statewide.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Even With Unions, Adjuncts Are Rarely Protected From Last-Minute Job Losses]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229547/ http://chronicle.com/article/Even-With-Unions-Adjuncts-Are/229547/ Just one in four contracts ensures the instructors even a small payment when a course assignment is canceled, an analysis found.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[In Search of Limits, a Climate Scientist Pushes Bounds]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229513/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Search-of-Limits-a-Climate/229513/ A new paper raises the question of how much the fear of being misinterpreted by skeptics is constraining researchers.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[To Be a Featured Speaker at a Scholarly Meeting, It Helps to Be Male]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229465/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Be-a-Featured-Speaker-at-a/229465/ Prompting a conversation that is growing in momentum, scholars in some disciplines are tallying a gender gap in the voices heard at plenary sessions.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Unionization Pays Off for Community-College Instructors]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229353/ http://chronicle.com/article/Unionization-Pays-Off-for/229353/ New research finds big gaps in faculty compensation at public two-year colleges linked to state labor laws and institutions’ size, revenue sources, and location.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Helping Minority Ph.D.'s in STEM: Something's Working]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229323/ http://chronicle.com/article/Helping-Minority-PhDs-in/229323/ A new report shows progress in assisting minority students earn doctorates, but which strategies are most successful remain unclear.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[For the Humanities, Some Good News Is Mixed With the Bad]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229291/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-the-Humanities-Some-Good/229291/ A new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences offers insights on the state of the humanities in higher education.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Faculty Salaries Are Up Slightly but Still Recovering From the Recession's Effects]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229261/ http://chronicle.com/article/Faculty-Salaries-Are-Up/229261/ The "silver lining," says the AAUP’s annual report, is that for the second year in a row, pay rose faster than the rate of inflation.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Historians Attack the Data and the Ethics of Colleagues' Manifesto]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229207/ http://chronicle.com/article/Historians-Attack-the-Data-and/229207/ The debate concerns how historians do their work and what protocols should prevail for critiquing and revising scholarship online.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A College Turns to Design Thinkers to Refresh Its Aging Curriculum]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229081/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-College-Turns-to-Design/229081/ Colleges have used design thinking to improve their business practices. Now it’s being used to change what lies at the heart of an institution.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[To Attract Students, Professors Produce Hollywood-Style Previews]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229087/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Attract-Students/229087/ Though some academics may despair at the idea of "branding" their courses, promotional videos are taking hold.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Challenge for Universities: What to Disclose About Researchers’ Financial Backing]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229027/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Challenge-for-Universities-/229027/ Lawmakers push for openness, and institutions aren't always sure where to draw the line.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Accusations of Student Harassment Leave Professors Feeling Vulnerable]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229029/ http://chronicle.com/article/Accusations-of-Student/229029/ A University of Michigan faculty committee accuses the administration of ignoring instructors’ due-process rights in handling complaints of sexual misconduct.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[An Indiana Professor on the ‘Religious Freedom’ Law: ‘Students Are Appalled’]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228985/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-Indiana-Professor-on-the/228985/ A scholar who works with LGBT students fears a "brain drain" if the state doesn’t quickly reverse course on the controversial law.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:55:19 EDT
<![CDATA[Tenure Lawsuit Challenges Privacy of Student Evaluations]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228789/ http://chronicle.com/article/Tenure-Lawsuit-Challenges/228789/ A theater professor fired by Pomona College accuses it of denying her access to students’ reviews of her teaching to hide its own discrimination.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A New Grant Aims to Help Young Medical Researchers Jump-Start Their Careers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228707/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-New-Grant-Aims-to-Help-Young/228707/ The average scientist is 42 before he or she scores a first NIH grant. That creates a gap, and three philanthropic groups are trying to fill it.

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:01:46 EDT
<![CDATA[Studies of the Gut: Overhyped or Underappreciated?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228657/ http://chronicle.com/article/Studies-of-the-Gut-Overhyped/228657/ Even researchers who disagree on whether today’s results are overstated agree on the promise of tomorrow’s.

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:01 EDT