How Much Can Unions Lift Adjuncts? CUNY Contract Fight Hinges on What’s Good Enough

Many of the City University of New York’s part-time faculty members oppose a new labor agreement that their union heralds as offering them big gains.


How to Hold Research ‘Rock Stars’ Accountable for Sexual Harassment

A panel on harassment in academe, particularly in the sciences, explored why it’s difficult to punish professors for inappropriate behavior and what can be done about that. Here are three themes from the discussion.



‘Historians Against Trump’ and ‘Historians on Donald Trump’: Scholars Sound Off About Why They Joined

Academics in the two groups say they see it as their duty to point out historical precedents for a Trump presidency and to help the public make educated choices.



A Team of Political Scientists, a Convention Like No Other, and a Search for One Good Protest

Student researchers from Penn State arrived at the Republican National Convention expecting chaotic — and perhaps frightening — scenes of activism. Instead they got a lesson in the unpredictability of social-science fieldwork.



How One English Professor Plans to Turn Melania Trump Into a Teachable Moment

Terri Coleman, an adjunct at Dillard University, says the apparent plagiarism by the wife of the Republican nominee will make it onto her syllabus.



The U. of Missouri Press Almost Closed 4 Years Ago. Here’s How It Bounced Back.

Aided by a public outcry, the publisher thwarted a plan to shut it down. It’s now on firmer footing, but like other university presses, it is still weathering the challenges of a shifting market.



When the President of the United States Writes an Article in Your Journal

How do you edit Barack Obama? The Chronicle spoke to the editor in chief of a journal that published the president’s article on the future of health-care reform on Monday.



As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them

Hal Plotkin, a longtime supporter of open educational resources, says efforts like the Zero Textbook Cost degree could save students billions of dollars.



'One Trigger Finger for Whites and Another for Blacks': What the Research Says

Scholars have been studying the role of race in fatal police shootings for decades. Here’s a survey of what they’ve learned.


Why Don't Young Scientists Get More Grants? Often They Don't Apply

Experts have long bemoaned the fact that older researchers earn disproportionate funding. A new study suggests they're more likely than their younger colleagues to ask the NIH for money.



The U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty

Three years after the university system’s Academic Senate approved a bold plan to make faculty research freely available, only 25 percent of professors are putting their papers in a state-created repository.


In ‘Donald Trump, PhD,’ Scientists Find Catharsis Amid Gags

Why one scientist started a Twitter account that applies the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s style of rhetoric to reforming the sciences.


Graduate Students

What Minority-Serving Institutions Can Teach Other Colleges

They know a lot about creating a sense of belonging for people from underrepresented groups, says Marybeth Gasman.

Graduate Students

How Minority Students' Experiences Differ: What Research Reveals

For one thing, they are more likely to want careers that serve their communities.



To Diversify the Faculty, Start Here

How one university is changing a sink-or-swim culture to broaden the appeal of a Ph.D.



To Avoid More Scandals, Cautious Departments Swap Drinking for Hiking

After sex-harassment scandals, increased vigilance has prompted new rules for interactions between professors and graduate students.



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.



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.



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.



‘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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.