From College to High School

BY GILLIAN STEINBERG When I tell people that I left a tenured university position to teach high school, most suggest that I’ve taken a significant step backwards. But with so many college teachers either underemployed or feeling desperately pressured, more might want to consider the switch to high school teaching.  High school teaching is not,…

Exhibit A in My Impending Trial

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH   Writing for the Intercept, Glen Greenwald reports: The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the…

A Fracas, a Ruckus, or a Rumpus?

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH   At first glance, I thought that this might be a video of a lively discussion at this year’s annual meeting: As the video captioning makes clear, a debate about a massive infrastructure bill in the Taiwanese legislature degenerated into a partisan melee. I have checked several sources, and I have…

Organizing, Organization, and the AAUP

BY HANK REICHMAN “If there’s an organized outrage machine, we need an organized response.”  Those words from Tressie McMillan Cottom, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, author of the excellent Lower Ed, prolific blogger, and frequent (and often witty) presence on Twitter, headline a story in this morning’s Chronicle of Higher Education on…

Victory for Academic Freedom at CSU Fullerton

BY HANK REICHMAN In a victory for academic freedom and faculty rights, a California State University, Fullerton part-time anthropology lecturer facing dismissal after a fracas at a campus demonstration in February has been reinstated by order of an arbitrator.  The university’s College Republicans had accused Eric Canin of striking one of them at the demonstration.…

Western Michigan Student Facing Execution in Saudi Arabia: Join the Protest

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN The following was posted on the blog of the Western Michigan University AAUP chapter: We join our colleagues at AFT-Michigan, along with our AFT-affiliated colleagues here at WMU, the Professional Instructors Organization (PIO) and Teaching Assistants Union (TAU), in condemning in the strongest possible terms the death sentence of admitted WMU student Mujtaba’a…

AUDIO: Resistance Round Table on Academic Freedom

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN On July 8 I was interviewed on “Resistance Round Table,” a weekly radio broadcast on WPKN in Bridgeport, Connecticut, by AAUP member Ruthanne Baumgartner and Richard Hill.  We discussed current issues in academic freedom and free expression on campus.  To listen to the half-hour interview go to this link: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/190984 A…

The College Library: Old School or Cutting Edge?

College Library: Old School or Cutting Edge?

BY BRIAN C. MITCHELL As colleges lay out their strategies to become more sustainable over the long term, there are uncertainties that can dramatically affect their abilities to do so. Some are programmatic, based upon unpredictable market conditions. Others rely on personnel decisions that shape an institution’s ability to be both flexible and creative. A…