The Chronicle of Higher Education | Faculty http://chronicle.com/section/Faculty/7/ News :: Faculty Sun, 24 May 2015 08:29:25 EDT <![CDATA[Professors Face Long Odds in Court Battles Over Speech Rights]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230311/ http://chronicle.com/article/Professors-Face-Long-Odds-in/230311/ An analysis of more than 200 court decisions involving faculty members’ First Amendment lawsuits says colleges usually win.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 04:56:04 EDT
<![CDATA[‘We Need to Take a Look at the Data’: How 2 Persistent Grad Students Upended a Blockbuster Study]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230313/ http://chronicle.com/article/We-Need-to-Take-a-Look-at/230313/ David Broockman said he supported a study with key findings on people’s opinions of same-sex marriage. But it unraveled when he and a colleague tried to replicate it.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 04:55:45 EDT
<![CDATA[New Graduates Test the Promise of Competency-Based Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230315/ http://chronicle.com/article/New-Graduates-Test-the-Promise/230315/ A program at Texas A&M at Commerce offers degrees that are flexible and low-cost. Will they lead to jobs?

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Thu, 21 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[As They Slice NSF’s Budget, House Republicans Seek to Expose Research Misconduct]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230271/ http://chronicle.com/article/As-They-Slice-NSF-s-Budget/230271/ Also part of a bill facing a floor vote: the future of a program that directs grant money to states whose researchers cannot win it on their own.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[2 Key Problems for Fracking Research: Not Enough Disclosure, Not Enough Financing]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230107/ http://chronicle.com/article/2-Key-Problems-for-Fracking/230107/ Two recent studies of the controversial oil-recovery technique drew funding from sources with a clear interest in the results. Experts say that demonstrates difficulties.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 04:55:39 EDT
<![CDATA[AAUP Blasts U. of Southern Maine and Felician College for Handling of Faculty Layoffs]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230105/ http://chronicle.com/article/AAUP-Blasts-U-of-Southern/230105/ The professors’ association says both the public university and the Roman Catholic college trampled faculty rights in making unnecessary job cuts.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 04:55:32 EDT
<![CDATA[To Protest Colleagues' Lack of Job Security, a Professor Quits Her Tenured Post]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230057/ http://chronicle.com/article/To-Protest-Colleagues-Lack-of/230057/ The director of Yeshiva College’s writing program refused to preside over cutbacks in full-time teaching positions.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 04:55:56 EDT
<![CDATA[The Ph.D. Pay Gap]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230041/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-PhD-Pay-Gap/230041/ Financial support for doctoral students often divides them into haves and have-nots.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How a Cultural Moment Becomes a College Course: The Case of Deflategate]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/230059/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-a-Cultural-Moment-Becomes/230059/ It didn't take long for the New England Patriots' surreal scandal to end up in a course catalog. But a professor and a dean say their class is much more than a simple gimmick.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 15:50:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Campus Diversity, Often Seen as Key to Learning, Can Have an Educational Downside]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229981/ http://chronicle.com/article/Campus-Diversity-Often-Seen/229981/ A study of college students linked their negative experiences with diversity to educational setbacks, and positive ones to less-significant gains.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 04:55:31 EDT
<![CDATA[Under Pressure, Universities Take a Renewed Shot at Improving Lab Safety]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229987/ http://chronicle.com/article/Under-Pressure-Universities/229987/ With campus accidents eclipsing those in corporate labs, a higher-education association heads up the latest effort to control the problem.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Exams Improve Students' Access to Their Brains]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229939/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Exams-Improve-Students/229939/ Cumulative finals are important, says one expert on learning and memory. But professors can help students even more by also requiring frequent, low-stakes quizzes.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Scholar of Urban Riots: Expect More Unrest]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/229919/ http://chronicle.com/article/Scholar-of-Urban-Riots-Expect/229919/ There’s no easy way to predict turmoil like that in Baltimore, says a historian, but "this is not the end of this kind of violent protest."

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Tue, 05 May 2015 04:55:17 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[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[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