Faculty

Penn State Fallout

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Pennsylvania State University has announced a program of performing background checks on all new hires. It’s just one of a number of penalties imposed on the university since the sex abuse charges came to light.

Let’s take a second to review some of the damage wreaked by that scandal. It led to the conviction of Sandusky on 45 counts of abuse, the firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno for not acting on information he had, and the dismissal of university president Graham Spanier—to say nothing of the victims of the crime.­

Where the Jobs Are

You might not know it when you recall all the faculty and staff layoffs of recent years, but according to a new report, the number of jobs in higher education continues to grow faster than overall U.S. employment. An analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by HigherEdJobs.com finds that the number of jobs in higher education grew 2.1 percent during Q2 2012, compared to growth of 1.4 percent for all U.S. jobs. A year earlier in Q2 2011, the number of higher education jobs grew 2.2 percent, compared to overall job growth of 1.0 percent.

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U. of Iowa Fires Tenured Professor Over Outbursts

The University of Iowa took the rare step Thursday of firing a tenured professor who has been barred from campus since January 2011, saying he subjected a wide range of colleagues to repeated personal attacks, harassment and threats that disrupted the workplace.

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Part-Time Faculty Union Sues MATC Seeking Exemption From Collective Bargaining Law

The union representing 900 part-time faculty at Madison Area Technical College, also known as Madison College, sued the school on Monday.

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Tennessee State U Faculty Senate Leader Arrested

Tensions at Tennessee State University reignited Monday as a vocal faculty member opposing university leadership was taken away in handcuffs from a meeting.

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Professor Faces Firing for Joke Tied to Shootings

After turning down the lights in his classroom at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Prof. Gregory F. Sullivan began showing a documentary and prepared to step out for a moment.

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Turnitin Offers Professional Development Course inWriting Instruction and Evaluation

Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and onlinegrading, today announced that it has opened registration for its free online course, “TurnitinAcademy Live.” This 10-session course will lead instructors through a powerful pedagogy for“writing to learn,” exploring practical methods for incorporating the use of Turnitin to encourageoriginal writing and deliver more meaningful feedback, while engaging students in the writingprocess and streamlining class activities.

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UNH Professors Head Back To School With New Contract

After a lengthy stalemate, the trustees of the University of New Hampshire have inked a new five-year contract with professors.

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Faculty, Pa. State Colleges Locked In Contract Dispute

With fall classes approaching, Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities and roughly 6,000 unionized faculty remain locked in what an official says is now the longest unresolved teaching contract dispute in the State System of Higher Education's history.

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