[Working Life] Making my own home


In the spring of 2015, after interviewing for yet another tenure-track faculty position--about my 185th application in 5 years--I was excited to hear that I was the top candidate. But despite that encouraging sign, once again I didn't get the offer. For years, I had been committed to pursuing the traditional academic path because I wanted to run an independent research program and teach. I thought a tenure-track faculty position was the one job that offered both. My efforts, however, had resulted in a handful of interviews but no offers.

Faculty members call for USC president to step down: 'He has lost the moral authority to lead'

Los Angeles Times

An internal university investigation last year concluded that his pelvic exams were outside the scope of current medical practice and amounted to sexual harassment of students. Campus administrators told The Times they believe the physician had for years been making sexual comments and touching patients inappropriately during the exams.

UW Regents Approve Faculty Teaching Load Policy

U.S. News

The Board of Regents approved a broad policy to satisfy the mandate Thursday at UW-Madison. Evers, a Democrat, is running against Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year.

California faculty strike averted, terms of deal pending

U.S. News

California State University officials and the union that represents campus faculty are scheduled to reveal the terms Friday of a salary agreement that averted an unprecedented strike at the 23 campuses that comprise the nation's largest public university system. The California Faculty Association and Cal State officials said in a joint announcement Thursday that they had reached a tentative deal on the size of the pay increases 26,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches will receive for the current school year. Because the two sides had agreed a day earlier not to discuss the pending strike or the status of their negotiations for 48 hours, neither immediately would say how the months-long stalemate that threatened to cancel classes for five days starting next week finally was broken. "I think everybody is really, really hoping this deal is something that is tenable," Adam Swenson, an assistant philosophy professor at Cal State Northridge who serves as president of the campus Faculty Senate, said. "The idea of hurting our students at all makes everybody feel sick, but at the end of the day if people can't pay their mortgages they have to do something."