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Category Archives: academic freedom

The Coddled Kids Are All Right

The cover story of this month’s Atlantic magazine features Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s essay on “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Their thesis is simple: “A movement is arising, … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 5 Comments

Should Dissenting Professors Be Military Targets?

In an apparently unintentional proof of the old adage that the term “military intelligence” is an oxymoron, an assistant professor in the law department of the US Military Academy at … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 6 Comments

Where shared governance goes to die.

I’ve had a strange fascination with an education start-up called Minerva for some time now. They’re a Silicon-Valley inspired online operation that has actually enrolled students now.  Yet unlike so … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Salaita Formal Response to University of Illinois Destruction of Documents

In an e-mail from Professor Steven Salaita’s attorneys, the fired academic from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign addresses the issue of document destruction and concealment: “The revelation that top … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Red Soybeans

By Andrew Scheinman The fallout at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) continues unabated: the Chancellor and Provost have both “stepped down,” and Steven Salaita’s legal team’s added destruction of … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 3 Comments

“Pretendure” in Wisconsin

Chuck Rybak posted “UW Struggle: Scrap the Tenure File Edition” yesterday on his blog. It’s worth reading, especially since what is happening in Wisconsin could easily happen elsewhere–and probably will, … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Alice Dreger’s Letter of Resignation at Northwestern

Last month, AcademeBlog reported on the controversy involving Northwestern professor Alice Dreger and reprinted Dreger’s own blog about censorship of sexual content at Northwestern. Yesterday, Dreger resigned from Northwestern in protest. … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 34 Comments

And Another One’s Gone: U of Illinois Provost Resigns

University of Illinois Provost Ilesanmi Adesida will be resigning his position next week and returning to his faculty position in the College of Engineering. No reason was given in the … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

41 Executive Officers at UIUC Call for the Reinstatement of Steven Salaita

August 23, 2015 Dear President Killeen and Acting Chancellor Wilson, We the forty-one undersigned Executive Officers and campus leaders from departments and academic units across the University of Illinois at … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 17 Comments

Adjuncts and Contingent Hires: Do Not Force Them Apart

A bit more than a decade ago, I took on my first full-time higher-ed teaching job in the US. I had taught as an adjunct at a number of different … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 29 Comments

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