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Profs: Doubt Climate Change? Get Out of Our Class

Hundreds have objected to UCCS course online

(Newser) - Hundreds online are fuming after professors at the University of Colorado told students that man-made climate change wouldn't be open for debate in their online course. In an email to students who complained after an initial lecture for "Medical Humanities in the Digital Age," professors Rebecca Laroche,... More »

Cops: Longtime Penn State Prof Murdered by Friends

Ronald Bettig was found at the bottom of a quarry

(Newser) - A longtime Penn State professor was allegedly murdered by his friends in an attempt to profit off his death, the Centre Daily Times reports. The body of 56-year-old associate professor of media studies Ronald Bettig was found Wednesday in a Pennsylvania quarry—two days after George Ishler reported him missing.... More »

Colleagues: Yale Ethics Prof Is Anything but Ethical

Thomas Pogge condemned in open letter

(Newser) - More than 200 professors across North America and Europe have condemned Yale ethics and philosophy professor Thomas Pogge in an open letter following a BuzzFeed investigation accusing him of sexual harassment. Pogge appears to have "engaged in a long-term pattern of discriminatory conduct," including "unwanted sexual advances,... More »

University Rules on Prof Who Used N-Word in Class

University of Kansas gives Andrea Quenette a pass

(Newser) - A four-month investigation into a University of Kansas professor who used a racial slur in class has concluded the word was used in an educational context and not intended to be racist, the AP reports. Assistant communication studies professor Andrea Quenette has been on paid leave since November, when a... More »

Prof Who Says Sandy Hook Was a Hoax Getting Fired

Parents of victim say he harassed them

(Newser) - A Florida Atlantic University professor has been making waves for years with his conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook massacre, and now the school is taking action. James Tracy has been claiming on his blog since 2013 that the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting was staged, and FAU has reprimanded... More »

University Slammed for Controversial Job Ad

White, Asian candidates appeared to be excluded

(Newser) - The University of Louisville is under fire after advertising an opening for a professor—an "African-American, Hispanic-American, or Native American Indian" professor, to be exact. Inside Higher Ed first highlighted the job ad in an article titled, "Whites, Asians Need Not Apply," and noted that the ad... More »

White Professor Uses N-Word, Gets in Hot Water

But Andrea Quenette says it was part of legitimate conversation

(Newser) - A white professor is on leave and under investigation after using the n-word in class—but she says her actions were part of a legitimate conversation about race, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, says she requested a paid... More »

Professor Bans 'God Bless You'

Quickly changes course when syllabus goes viral

(Newser) - Teachers and professors have long banned students from talking, chewing gum, using their phones, or doing other "disruptive" things in class, but students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley thought one professor went too far by banning the act of blessing a person after a sneeze. "... More »

Fellow Teacher Suspected in Prof's Killing

Professor Ethan Schmidt named as victim in Delta State shooting

(Newser) - Whoever killed a Mississippi professor in his office today is still on the loose—but authorities have named the victim and a suspect. Per a county coroner, history professor Ethan Schmidt was shot dead in the head today at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., the Clarion-Ledger reports. Authorities say... More »

Why a Professor Is Living as David Bowie

It's research for an upcoming book on the pop icon, he says

(Newser) - How does one truly understand David Bowie? Only by becoming him, of course. That's just what Will Brooker is in the midst of doing. The film and cultural studies professor from Kingston University in England says he'll dress like Bowie, eat like Bowie, watch the same movies and... More »

Professors Aren't Doing Their Jobs— and Students Aren't Asking Them To

English professor Mark Bauerlein sees the role of mentor fading

(Newser) - In 1967, when students were asked about their goals for college, 86% pointed to "developing a meaningful philosophy of life," while less than half as many said "being very well off financially." These days, 82% are interested in the latter, while just 45% take the "... More »

Indian Students: Prof Turned Us Down Due to 'Rape Problem'

Annette Beck-Sickinger apologizes for 'misunderstanding'

(Newser) - A German professor has apologized after apparently barring a male Indian student from an internship because of "the rape problem in India." In a now-viral email response to a male student, posted on website Quora , Annette Beck-Sickinger wrote, "I don't accept any Indian male students for... More »

Report: Ex-Prof Robs Bank for Own Film

Joseph Gibbons allegedly recorded robbery on camcorder

(Newser) - An offbeat former professor allegedly robbed a Manhattan bank on New Year's Eve and filmed it as part of an "art" project, the New York Post reports. Joseph Gibbons, 61, was charged yesterday with robbing a Capital One branch in Manhattan of $1,000 while holding a camcorder.... More »

MIT: 'Beloved' Prof Sexually Harassed Student

Online lectures of retired physics prof Walter Lewin removed

(Newser) - A retired MIT physics professor described by the Tech as "a beloved teacher and minor Internet star" might see that star begin to fade. The university is undertaking a "complete separation" from Walter Lewin, per the school's provost, following an internal investigation of a student's sexual... More »

Prof Accidentally Shoots Himself in Foot During Class

Idaho State prof's handgun was in his pocket, went off

(Newser) - Now that people with enhanced permits can carry concealed weapons on school campuses in Idaho, a professor at Idaho State University has taken the opportunity to shoot himself in the foot. Literally, and apparently by accident. The instructor was teaching chemistry on Tuesday when his small-caliber handgun, which Local News... More »

Professor Murdered in Broad Daylight Likely Knew Killer: Cops

Dan Markel shot in the head at close range at his home

(Newser) - Police are seeking information on a "vehicle of interest" following the brazen murder of a professor in broad daylight. Dan Markel, a Harvard Law School grad who taught criminal law at Florida State University, was shot at close range in the side of the head at his Tallahassee home... More »

'Second-Class' Professors Seek Fairer Wages

Adjunct professors get few benefits

(Newser) - Even within the ivory tower of academia, many feel a sharp class divide: While tenured professors have job security and, often, six-figure pay, adjunct professors can see their courses dropped at any time and may be paid a relative pittance. "To students, everyone is just 'professor,'"... More »

New on FBI's Most Wanted: Ex USC Prof

Walter Lee Williams accused of sexually exploiting children

(Newser) - If you took Professor Walter Lee Williams' anthropology class at USC, you might be surprised to learn that as of yesterday he's one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives. Williams, 64, became the 500th name added to the list in its 63-year history, the Los Angeles Times... More »

Site Helps Unemployed Profs Write Student Papers

Creators laugh off the ethical concerns

(Newser) - Attention all slackers: A website based in Canada is here to "make your papers go away" so you can keep partying. works a little like eBay, except the bidders in this case are out-of-work professors, and the goods are student assignments, reports Canada's National Post . The... More »

DA: UC Prof Plotted Killing Spree at Son's School

Dad charged with arson he planned to avenge son's suicide

(Newser) - A California professor seeking to avenge his son's suicide set a series of fires and planned a killing spree at a high school, prosecutors say. UC Irvine professor Rainer Klaus Reinscheid has been arrested on felony arson charges in connection with the fires at University High School, an assistant... More »

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