Academe

Academe is the bimonthly magazine of the American Association of University Professors. Academe features analysis of higher education issues from the perspective of faculty members, including news affecting professors and feature articles on tenure, affirmative action, part-time faculty appointments, intellectual property, and a host of other timely academic issues.

Articles from Vol. 90, No. 3, May/June

AAUP Research Director Reports on Gender Gap
In January, AAUP director of research John Curtis presented gender-related data from the Association's annual faculty compensation survey to a committee established in response to a mandate by Congress to study gender differences in faculty careers,...
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Academics in Literature
Academics in LiteratureThe experience of h gher education is an increasingly common feature of American life. In imaginative literature, the portrayal of academics ranges from the commonplace to the bizarre.Moo Jane Smiley New York, A.A. Knopf/Random...
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A Fond Farewell
In 1994, I signed on as AAUP general secretary for a three-year term because I was not sure that I could be happy away from teaching and research. By the time the first three years had passed, though, I realized that I could not in good conscience leave...
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Bright Networks and Dark Spaces: Implications of Manuel Castells for Higher Education
Bright Networks and Dark Spaces: Implications of Manuel Castells for Higher EducationEmergent technology possesses the potential to transform the nature of higher education. The importance of networking is related to its influence on education's democratic...
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Censured Administrations
Investigations by the American Association of University Professors of the administrations of the institutions listed below show that, as evidenced by a past violation, they are not observing the generally recognized principles of academic freedom and...
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Contract Reached at Emerson College
After more than two years of negotiations, the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College, a local AAUP chapter representing part-time faculty at Emerson College in Boston, settled its first collective bargaining agreement. The four-year agreement, which...
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Dante Comes to Kansas
One can find real comfort in Dante's Inferno, where malefactors and ne'er-do-wells get the punishments they deserve. Scores of the rich and powerful from Dante's world appear in Hell's concentric rings, and not just political leaders. Peruse any illustrated...
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Decision Reversed in Freedom of Speech Case
In February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed a lower court's decision in Axson-Flynn Johnson, a case involving a University of Utah drama student, and ordered a lower court to reconsider the case. In 2001, a district court had...
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Developments Relating to Censure by the Association
Members of the Association's staff, acting on behalf of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, communicate during the course of cadi year with administrations under censure. The staff offers its assistance and that of Committee A in bringing about...
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Enrollment Gap Developing, Education Group Says
More than twice as many students from minority groups are enrolled in colleges and universities now compared with twenty years ago. Nonetheless, a gap has opened in enrollment levels between minority and nonminority students during that time, according...
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E-Racing History: America's Struggle with Diversity, Race, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education
E-Racing HistoryAmerica's Struggle with Diversity, Race, and Affirmative Action in Higher EducationIn light of the strident, mounting attacks on race-conscious affirmative action programs, those in higher education woud benefit from an analysis of American...
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Faculty, the Elections, and the AAUP
This year promises a competitive election and the airing of numerous policy disputes. Although other issues will probably headline the political debate, education policy generally, and higher education specifically, will be part of it, especially in...
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Group Issues Guidelines for Improving Access
The Pathways to College Network, a national alliance of thirty-four education groups and private foundations, released a report in February titled A Shared Agenda: A Leadership Challenge to Improve College Access and Success. The report recommends ways...
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Identity and Community in the Academy: Ascription and Affiliation
Identity and Community in the Academy: Ascription and AffiliationAffiliations: Identity in Academic Culture Jeffrey R. DiLeo, ed. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2003Identity and Difference in Higher Education: "Outsiders Within" Pauline Anderson...
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Letters
Letters to Academe of three hundred J-Avords or fewer are encouraged. Academe reserves the right to edit letters. Submit them by mail to the AAUP or by e-mail to academe@aaup.org. Submissions must include the writer's name and phone number.Adjunct AdvocateTO...
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Mary Burgan Retires as AAUP General Secretary
There's a crown in Mary Burgan's office-not gold or jewel encrusted, just a paper affair from the local party store. The cheapness of the material, however, does not detract from its symbolic value. After Mary took the fight for tenure and academic freedom...
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Rekindling the Dialogue: Education According to Plato and Dewey
Rekindling the Dialogue Education According to Plato and DeweyPublic attention on education is increasingly focused on issues of performance and accountability, What kinds of educational experiences should American democracy value?Democracy and Education...
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Roger Bowen Appointed AAUP General Secretary
Roger Bowen will succeed Mary Burgan as AAUP general secretary after her June 2004 retirement, the Association announced in November. Bowen's appointment culminated a national search conducted by a committee headed by Larry Gerber, the AAUP's first vice...
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Subpoenas Withdrawn in Antiwar Conference Case
In February, the U.S. attorney in Des Moines, Iowa, withdrew subpoenas issued earlier that month by a federal grand jury to gather information about an antiwar conference held at Drake University. The subpoenas demanded that the university turn over...
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Summer Reading 101
The time has long since passed when summertime meant "the living is easy." For many faculty members, summers have simply become an extension of the academic year, a time when additional courses are taught as part of one's load or as a way to augment...
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The Influence of Athletics in the University Community
The Influence of Athletics in the University CommunityAt some higher education institutions, athletics invoves nearly all aspects of community life, trom admissions to alumni support, How can we best understand this collegiate phenomenon?Reclaiming the...
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What's Yours Is Mine?
Faculty are bombarded daily with information from myriad sourcesjournals, magazines, book catalogs, electronic updates, summaries, and digests. We scan, ponder, copy, forward, debate, lecture on, and file them, but do we ever think about who owns all...
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Women and Retirement: Reflections from the Field
Women and Retirement Reflections from the FieldRetirement often closes the door on a chapter in one's professiona life, How can women emotonally, physically, and financially prepare for the transition?Women Confronting Retirement: A Nontraditional Guide...
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Women Underrepresented on Science Faculties
More women are earning doctorates in science and engineering, but a survey of science and engineering faculties released in January found that women remain scarce in tenured or tenure-track positions. The survey was conducted by Donna Nelson, a chemistry...
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Workplace Demands Are Tougher on Women Faculty
Like other professionals, men and women faculty are increasingly expected to function ax "ideal workers" who are extremely committed to their jobs and require little time off. Doing so is more difficult for women academics than it is for men, however,...
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