Bunnies with Teeth: Newman resigns

This was good news: President Simon Newman of Mount St. Mary’s University resigns. More shortly. https://t.co/PvBNnGYxqe — David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) March 1, 2016 My piece on the illegality of his plan under Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation act was here, for The Establishment. Welcome to the Trumpification of higher ed. There are many reasons … Continue ReadingBunnies with Teeth: Newman resigns

Threats to Academic Freedom: Guns vs Political Correctness Run Amok

Thesis: The idea that your students have guns will have a vastly more chilling effect on academic freedom than people asking for trigger warnings, less offensive language, or to be thoughtful about microaggressions. Coming soon from CNN. (Update for new readers. Hi new readers! Here are some of my writing about Trigger Warnings and PC … Continue ReadingThreats to Academic Freedom: Guns vs Political Correctness Run Amok

The Chocolate Milk Mustache of the Corporatization of the University

From Vox, Julia Belluz has quite a story. The University of Maryland issued a press release about a new study on the effects of a single brand of chocolate milk on cognitive and motor skill tests in high school athletes. The story, as she documents, is that Fifth Quaker Fresh funded research, the scientists did … Continue ReadingThe Chocolate Milk Mustache of the Corporatization of the University

The Giant Lecture Course and the Big University

Over on Chronicle Vitae, a group of students at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, have written a spectacular piece – “A lecture from the lectured.” They open by citing pieces that sneer at students today for being distracted, boring, and un-intellectually curious, then respond with appropriate scorn.  At a university like ours, where thousands … Continue ReadingThe Giant Lecture Course and the Big University

What Is The Good Life? – Scenes from a Dystopian Job Market

The lucky winner of this job will be in an excellent position to opine on the Good Life. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida invites applications for the position of lecturer to teach the Humanities Common Course, IUF 1000: What is the Good Life?, to begin August 16, 2016. As … Continue ReadingWhat Is The Good Life? – Scenes from a Dystopian Job Market

Post-Book Academia: Save Ashgate

The Chronicle for Higher Education covered the “Save Ashgate” petition and movement, now with over 7000 signatures (which is a huge number for an academic publishing issue). The company has not yet responded to the petitioners, according to Kathleen E. Kennedy, an associate professor of English at Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine. That silence speaks volumes, she … Continue ReadingPost-Book Academia: Save Ashgate