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AAUP: The First One Hundred Years

January-February 2015 Volume 101, Issue 1 FEATURES The AAUP in the Courts By Robert M. O’Neil Investigative Procedures in Academic Freedom and Tenure Cases By Debra Nails Ten Decades of … Continue reading

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George Mason University and the Perpetual Problem of Speech Codes

George Mason University (GMU) has gotten a lot of attention this week, with FIRE declaring that GMU “has eliminated all of its speech codes, earning the highest, ‘green light’ rating … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Culling the Faculty… Part II

Yesterday, I posted without comment the text of a bill proposed by Iowa State Senator Mark Chelgren. The bill is so absurd that it had absolutely no chance of becoming … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 8 Comments

Some Guarded Good News from Ohio—When Any Good News Is Certainly Worth Celebrating

This post is an elaboration on a message that was sent to the members of our chapter at Wright State University, which itself was collaboratively drafted and developed from a … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

2015 Jefferson Muzzle Awards

Since 1992 the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression at the University of Virginia has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by calling attention each … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

N.L.R.B. Rules Worker Wrongly Fired for Uncivil, Expletive-Filled Speech

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that a worker using profanity on Facebook that criticised an employer cannot be used to fire the worker. The N.L.R.B. has jurisdiction over … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Salaita Update: American Jewish Committee Denied Amicus by U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

The issue of naming John Doe donour defendants in Professor Steven Salaita’s lawsuit against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was one of the more creative and interesting aspects of … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

Culling the Iowa Faculty

This proposed bill in the Iowa legislature reaches far past the abilities of my ‘word horde': Senate File 64 – Introduced SENATE FILE 64 BY CHELGREN A BILL FOR An … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 17 Comments

As the Rich Get Richer, What’s a ‘Poor’ College to Do?

Drawing upon a study by Moody’s Investors Service, Nick Anderson reported in the Washington Post last week that “the ten richest universities in America hold nearly a third of the … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stanley Fish’s Versions of Academic Freedom

Stanley Fish, Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution (University of Chicago, 2014) Reviewed by Steve Macek, North Central College Literary critic, law professor, one time New York Times … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 4 Comments

So You Want To Be an Administrator…

The administrative superstructure that characterizes American higher education is coming under increased scrutiny. Yet administrators keep multiplying anyway, as do the “managerial pathologies” that Benjamin Ginsburg vividly described in his … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

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