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“Reclaiming the Narrative”

November-December 2014 Volume 100, Issue 6 FEATURES One Faculty, Organizing for a Stronger Voice By Jamie Owen Daniel How Many Ways Must We Say It? By Joel Thomas Tierno Resisting … Continue reading

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The Increased Teaching Load for Composition Instructors at Arizona State Provides a Disturbing Glimpse into the Future for Other Faculty

Inside Higher Ed recently ran an article on a 25% increase in the teaching loads for full-time non-tenure-eligible writing faculty at Arizona State University. The article, written by Colleen Flaherty … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

NLRB Ruling on the Efforts of the Adjunct and Full-Time Contingent Faculty at Pacific Lutheran University to Organize a Collective Bargaining Unit

Pacific Lutheran University argued that SEIU should be prevented from organizing a collective bargaining unit for adjunct faculty at the institution for two reasons: the faculty promote the religious mission … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

“The AAUP’s Ludicrous Declaration”

In 1916, the New York Times denounced the newly-formed AAUP’s Declaration of Principles in an editorial that defined “Academic freedom” as “the inalienable right of every college instructor to make … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peer Review: Problems to Watch

Let’s face it: The traditional peer-review process was not meant for a digital age. It needs to be altered (not abandoned) so that it once again has a consistently useful … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Fifteen Minutes of Fame” and a Lifetime of Notoriety

One of the effects of the rise of social media and “reality” entertainment is that we are all, in effect, in danger of becoming the topics of tabloid stories. It … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

When an Instructor Authors Odious Facebook Comments and Resigns, Is Academic Freedom Involved?

And what about one who moves a trashcan (for whatever reason)… should that instructor be fired? This has not been a good week on the academic-freedom front. First, a Research … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 9 Comments

How Did Torture Become a “Gray Area”?

For several hours, I have been puzzling over Ulf Kirchendorfer’s most recent post, “Why Torture Is So American!” Irony and satire are sometimes as difficult to understand and to respond … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 7 Comments

The Self-Propagation of the Consultants

In its list of the most influential people in higher education for 2014, the Chronicle of Higher Education includes diverse individuals and just one group, “The Hired Guns: The Consultants.” … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree

There is growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree. While over 80 percent of … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Torture Is So American!

Every American school child knows or should know about the Salem witch trials, and part of that chapter of American history involves torture.  Perhaps we should not torture our own … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

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