The Chronicle of Higher Education | Faculty http://chronicle.com/section/Faculty/7/ News :: Faculty Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:39:17 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
<![CDATA[Pushing for Culture Change, Ph.D.'s Explore Careers Beyond Academe]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228639/ http://chronicle.com/article/Pushing-for-Culture-Change/228639/ An unusual meeting at Berkeley offers job advice and consultation to those looking for work beyond the campus.

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:55:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Exposing Concerns About the Flagship’s Control of State’s Seismologist]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228563/ http://chronicle.com/article/Quakes-Rattle-Oklahoma/228563/ The university’s president sits on the board of a prominent oil company, a worrisome fact when scientists fault injection wells for a steep rise in earthquakes.

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[An AAUP Target Disputed an Investigation’s Findings. So It Tried a Pre-emptive Attack.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228503/ http://chronicle.com/article/An-AAUP-Target-Disputed-an/228503/ The University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center leaks a draft AAUP report and charges the association with shoddy work.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:55:57 EDT
<![CDATA[Median Salaries of Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges, 2014-15]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228435/ http://chronicle.com/article/Median-Salaries-of-Tenured-and/228435/ For the second consecutive year, salary increases for professors at public colleges outpaced those of their peers at private institutions.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Amid a Sea of False Findings, the NIH Tries Reform]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228479/ http://chronicle.com/article/Amid-a-Sea-of-False-Findings/228479/ Too many biomedical studies can’t be reproduced. But to fix that, will scientists have to change their whole culture?

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Despite Progress, Only 1 in 4 College Presidents Are Women]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228473/ http://chronicle.com/article/Despite-Progress-Only-1-in-4/228473/ The proportion has barely budged in a decade, a result of barriers that are both external and self-imposed.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Illinois Bill Threatens Professors’ Cherished Perk: Tuition Breaks for Their Children]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/228437/ http://chronicle.com/article/Illinois-Bill-Threatens/228437/ The measure’s Democratic sponsor says the state cannot afford to continue granting waivers to the offspring of public-university workers.

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:55:08 EDT