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Iowa bill would force universities to hire equal numbers of liberal and conservative professors

An Iowa state senator wants to create a state law to require state universities to seek ideological balance among faculty members during the hiring process.And that very same senator is now under scrutiny for his own educational history.State Senator Mark Chelgren, the author of Senate File 288, told the Des Moines Register that he’s concerned about “extreme views” on either side of the political spectrum. ...




How Many Ph.D.'s Actually Get to Become College Professors?

Not every Ph.D. student aspires to a career as a tenured college professor. But in plenty of fields, particularly the humanities, spending your life buried up to your elbow patches in books and papers is the gold standard of success. So while breaking down the National Science Foundation's data for my last two pieces on the job market for doctorate holders, I took a bit of time to look at just what fraction of new graduates were landing jobs in the academy. ...




5 Emerging Trends in HR and Higher Ed

Keeping a finger on the pulse of current and emerging higher education and HR-related trends that may have implications for our students, employees and campus communities is a crucial part of our role as HR professionals. In order to effectively assess, plan for and respond to these trends, we must first be “in the know. ...




Diversity guide: Top 10 practical steps for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education

For individuals involved in higher education workforce recruitment, development, advancement and retention, here are ten practical steps you can take to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), according to Nancy Aebersold, founder and executive director of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC. ...




Studying lists of last names reveal hiring practices in higher education

Using lists of names collected from publicly available websites, two University of Chicago researchers have revealed distinctive patterns in higher education systems, ranging from ethnic representation and gender imbalance in the sciences, to the presence of academic couples, and even the illegal hiring of relatives in Italian universities. ...




Interview Questions That Reveal A Candidate’s True Nature

The interview is the most critical step in the hiring process. The more you can learn about a candidate in the interview, the easier it is for the recruiter and the hiring manager to determine if the person will be successful in the role. Critical elements like personality, aptitude and skill sets need to be deeply evaluated to ensure the person will be able to integrate into the team and leverage their talents effectively. ...




The Hidden Work Life Of University Faculty

It’s summer at last in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell University, the lawns have turned emerald, ancient sycamores and oaks are flourishing, sunbeams glance off the bronze head of Ezra Cornell. Most of the undergraduates have left for internships or summer jobs—but what are the faculty doing?There’s a popular perception that professors don’t work in the summer—and don’t work as much as they should during the rest of the year. ...




Laws banning salary history on the rise: Is your company affected?

Even though a federal bill aimed at preventing employers from asking job applicants to provide a salary history appears to have stalled, many finance departments may still avoid salary history questions.Reason: An increasing number of states and cities are passing their own versions of laws forbidding salary history questions. ...




Stats Show Diversity Hiring in College Sports Still Gets Failing Grade

Even though Title IX was passed 45 years ago, female college coaches have yet to achieve equity with men. Today, 60 percent of women’s college sports teams are coached by men, and 3 to 4 percent of men’s college sports teams are coached by women. ...




A Decade of Faculty Diversity

Every year, Harvard tracks the diversity of its faculties in terms of race and gender, with the goal of increasing its numbers of female and minority faculty members. Since a decade ago, when more than two-thirds of tenured professors and nearly one-half of tenure-track professors were white men, the University has changed the composition of faculty substantially. ...