Tag: Faculty Life

  • The Reinvention of Rebecca Chopp

    The Reinvention of Rebecca Chopp

    Rebecca S. Chopp had a plan: She’d leave the chancellorship at the University of Denver after about 10 years, then return to the faculty and teach classes. It would be a fitting cap to her career, returning to her first loves — teaching and scholarship — after years in administration, where she’d often been the […]

  • A Professor Called a Public Official ‘Some Flunkie.’ The State Attorney General Wants Him Punished.

    A Professor Called a Public Official ‘Some Flunkie.’ The State Attorney General Wants Him Punished.

    University faculty-senate meetings aren’t usually attended by state officials, but at Louisiana State University’s meeting on Tuesday, an assistant attorney general for the state showed up. Lauryn Sudduth took the microphone to read aloud a letter from her boss, Attorney General Jeff Landry. The letter called mandating Covid-19 vaccines “problematic” because they violate principles of […]

  • Florida’s Flagship Is Beset With Controversy. Its Board Says Everything Is Fine.

    Florida’s Flagship Is Beset With Controversy. Its Board Says Everything Is Fine.

    In a fiery response to criticism that the University of Florida improperly barred professors from testifying against the state in a voting-rights case, the chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees on Friday denied having had any influence on the decision and stated unequivocally that Florida’s Republican governor had played “absolutely zero” role in the […]

  • U. of Florida Faculty Say Political Fears Stalled an Initiative on Race

    U. of Florida Faculty Say Political Fears Stalled an Initiative on Race

    Another University of Florida professor has accused the institution of violating his academic freedom to ward off possible action by state lawmakers. In this instance, the scholar says, administrators intruded upon curricular matters, recommending, for one, that faculty members avoid the word “critical” in the title of a new doctoral concentration related to race. A […]

  • A Hybrid-Work Semester Is Wrapping Up. Here Are Some Emerging Best Practices.

    A Hybrid-Work Semester Is Wrapping Up. Here Are Some Emerging Best Practices.

    The hot experiment on college campuses this fall has had more to do with who’s in cubicles than what’s in pipettes. Universities across the country have tried out a hybrid work force, charting a path that’s neither fully on Zoom nor wholly dependent on people sitting at their desks. The hypothesis is that several days […]

  • 2 Trustees at a Small College Resigned Over Diversity Concerns. Some on the Campus Want Answers.

    2 Trustees at a Small College Resigned Over Diversity Concerns. Some on the Campus Want Answers.

    The resignation of two trustees in recent weeks has roiled a small Iowa college where students and alumni are raising questions about how much its leaders value diversity, equity, and inclusion. Protests started at Coe College after the resignation of Robert Darryl Banks, an alumnus who served on Coe’s Board of Trustees for more than […]

  • South Carolina Legislators Want to ‘Cancel’ Tenure

    South Carolina Legislators Want to ‘Cancel’ Tenure

    A bill prefiled in the South Carolina legislature could spell trouble for the tenure system at the state’s public colleges. House Bill 4522 — the “Cancelling Professor Tenure Act” — seeks to prohibit public colleges and universities from awarding tenure to employees hired in 2023 or later. Instead, faculty members would be offered contracts no […]

  • U. of California Lecturers Call Off Strike, Celebrate Tentative Agreement

    U. of California Lecturers Call Off Strike, Celebrate Tentative Agreement

    A two-day strike by University of California lecturers was called off early Wednesday morning after the union and university system reached a tentative agreement on a contract that establishes rehiring rights, expands eligibility for paid family leave, and raises pay an average of 30 percent over five years. About 6,000 lecturers at all nine UC […]

  • U. of Florida Dean Says He Was Directed to Reject Professor’s Request to Testify Against the State

    U. of Florida Dean Says He Was Directed to Reject Professor’s Request to Testify Against the State

    The University of Florida dean who rejected a political scientist’s request to offer expert testimony because it may “pose a conflict of interest to the executive branch of the State of Florida” said this week that his decision was made at the direction of senior administrators. Daniel A. Smith, Michael McDonald, and Sharon Wright Austin, […]

  • ‘The Biggest Mess’

    ‘The Biggest Mess’

    Before the night was over, Liz Kelman would have a better idea of who Jeffrey T. Parsons really was. At the moment, he appeared to be having the time of his life. As a tray of liquor shots circulated around the party at the Stonewall Inn, an iconic gay landmark in New York City, Kelman […]