Articles: Human Resources

07/2015
 Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

Cluster hiring of faculty is an effective strategy that has been around for at least 15 years. Ask universities that practice it and they’ll tell you it strengthens faculty diversity and promotes new research opportunities.

The practice also encourages faculty to collaborate across multiple disciplines and departments to develop creative academic programs and outreach initiatives.

07/2015
Rick Cherwitz is a professor in the Moody College of Communication and faculty fellow in the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

Worried that faculty do not spend sufficient time teaching students, some are calling for the elimination of the longstanding system of tenure and promotion. Others suggest the creation of separate faculty tracks—such as teaching faculty, research faculty, and so on.

06/2015
Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

Heather DeBlanc says there’s been a lot of buzz lately at conferences among attorneys and insurance consultants about the Affordable Care Act.

05/2015

Higher ed institutions are expanding interdisciplinary research activity by hiring groups of faculty from multiple disciplines at the same time. The idea, pioneered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the late 1990s and sprouting up elsewhere since then, is to formalize the expectation of working collaboratively across the university.

05/2015
Four Tufts University students went on a hunger strike during an occupation of the quad in May to protest planned cuts to the school’s janitorial staff.

A small group of Tufts University students mounted a six-day hunger strike in May, but their target wasn’t fossil fuel divestment or nuclear disarmament. The Tufts Labor Coalition had pitched tents in front of the suburban Boston school’s administration building to protest the planned layoff of campus custodial workers.

04/2015
Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

What types of people at your school are not saving for retirement? Young employees? Low-income earners? Maybe single parents with children?

03/2015
Students at UC San Diego walked out in solidarity with adjuncts at the university.

Faculty and students who demonstrated during the first National Adjunct Walkout Day on Feb. 25 aimed to raise awareness about the working conditions faced by part-time instructors.

02/2015
Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

While some schools operate aging HR systems that can’t perform key tasks, others are looking ahead to their next technology purchase.

02/2015

The United University Professions (UUP), SUNY’s labor union, has defended funding for public higher education—which has decreased nationwide by about 25 percent since the Great Recession. (Only two states, Alaska and North Dakota, have increased funding.)

01/2015
Robert L. Caret was a leading spokesperson on college affordability and student debt while leading the University of Massachusetts.

Robert L. Caret has been named the next chancellor of the University System of Maryland. On July 1, Caret will succeed William E. Kirwan, who will retire after having held the position since 2002.

12/2014
Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

Anthony Frank, president of Colorado State University, issued a campuswide challenge in 2012: Make CSU a model school where everyone can work and learn.

12/2014
Incoming University of Illinois president Timothy L. Killeen is currently vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.

Timothy L. Killeen, vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, will become the 20th president of the University of Illinois system.

12/2014

Every day when an employee resigns from their job, either voluntarily (or involuntarily) they’re “walking out the door” with a very valuable asset. No these instances don’t require security or are considered criminal in nature. What they leave with is their institutional knowledge or memory from their last organization.

11/2014
The size of part-time faculty in higher ed has increased more than full-time faculty over the last two decades.

Higher ed’s reliance on adjunct faculty, hardly a secret anymore, has gotten much scrutiny in the past few years.

11/2014
Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

Each year, the University of Nebraska, Omaha, hires several hundred new administrative or office service workers, says Cecil Hicks, who himself was hired in May as the school’s HR director.

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