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California Appeals Vergara Anti-Tenure Ruling

California Governor Gerry Brown has appealed a state judge’s horrendous ruling that threw out teacher job protection laws on the ground that they deprived students of their constitutional rights.  In … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Misguided Battle Between Cursive and Writing Produced on a Smartphone

In a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, I closed with, “Is there room for cursive writing as we now begin the academic year in the not-so-hallowed halls of academe … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Discussing the Steven Salaita Case in Our Classrooms

If you want to engage your students in a thoughtful debate about public discourse in the age of Facebook and Twitter, you can of course use the ten or twelve … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

When Simplification May Be Too Simplistic

On August 27, the Denver Business Journal ran an article on proposed legislation that will dramatically overhaul the application for federal student aid. The article opens with the following two … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

What Passes for Victories in an Era of Political Gridlock

Here is the opening of a recent item from The Hill [http://thehill.com/homenews/house/319443-immigration-advocates-claim-resounding-win-for-their-side-in-quiet-august]: “Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform are claiming victory in the August recess. Their argument? They won because they … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

National (In-)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels: 49-50.

  Uris, Leon.  Topaz.  New York: McGraw Hill, 1967. Leon Uris’s great subjects were the experience of combat in the Second World War, the post-war pursuit of war criminals, and … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Why Would They Hire YOU?”

When I returned to campus, after two years teaching elsewhere, for the final interview that would bring me back full-time, I stopped into the adjunct room to see if anyone … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

AAUP Takes UIUC to Task for Apparent Summary Dismissal

The AAUP today wrote to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise to express deep concern about actions taken against professor Steven Salaita. “Aborting an appointment in this manner without … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Poorer by Degrees

Here is a link to Poorer by Degrees, a new short documentary by Jennifer Shuberth, a former faculty member at Portland State University: http://vimeo.com/95828754. The documentary questions the premise that … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Dear “Whining Adjuncts,” Just for the Record Even I Think That This Is Tone Deaf

Some time ago, Aaron Barlow wrote a post titled “To My Tenured Colleagues” in which he asked those with tenure to treat the adjunct faculty at their institutions as full … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 2 Comments
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