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Read the New Journal of Academic Freedom

BY KELLY HAND We’re pleased to announce that the new volume of the AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom is out today. The Journal publishes scholarship on academic freedom and on its relation to shared governance, tenure, and collective bargaining. Current and past volumes of the Journal of Academic Freedom, which receives funding from the AAUP Foundation,…

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Saint Xavier University Adjuncts Vote for Union

BY PETER N. KIRSTEIN In 2011, Saint Xavier University adjunct faculty voted to organize under the banner of the Illinois Education Association. President Christine Wiseman challenged the right of adjunct faculty at the Sisters of Mercy Catholic institution to unionize, in claiming a religious exemption under the First Amendment. Federal labour law, they argued, should not apply to…

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Everyone Deserves a Job for Life

Originally posted on atlasofadifficult:
It’s a refrain in the endless attack on education: ‘no one deserves a job for life.’  The phrase is meant to convey outrage against the tenure system. It summons images of feckless educators goofing off on the public’s dime, job security making us deaf to the injured cries of our students…

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Another Tiresome Insult to Academics

BY HANK REICHMAN The latest work by celebrated gonzo journalist and novelist Tom Wolfe, The Kingdom of Speech, is a book-length essay that tries to pillory the academic study of language, targeting along the way for special vitriol none other than Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky.  I have zero expertise in this field and have…

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Why Does the New York Times Ignore the LIU Lockout?

BY HANK REICHMAN The Labor Day lockout of faculty at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus has placed that institution on the front lines of the battle for higher education’s future. It’s a big national story — the first time ever that a college or university administration in the U.S. has locked out its faculty —…