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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...

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...

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. "...

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...

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...

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 "...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

'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,'"...

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...

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. UnemployedProfessors.com 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...

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...

Professor Leaves Class, Kills Himself

Public suicide takes place at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Rough story from a Philadelphia college: A math professor walked out of his class and dove headfirst over a second-floor balcony to his death, falling as far as 30 feet to the marble floor of a hall at Chestnut Hill College, reports the Philadelphia Daily News . "He had a...

Arizona Prof's Research: Getting Students Drunk

They're paid $60 for night at the 'bar'

(Newser) - An Arizona State professor wants his students to get smashed—and he’s willing to pay them to do it. That’s because William Corbin is researching the effects of alcohol on behavior, and ASU students are his subjects. Several nights a week, he converts his lab into a bar,...

Professors Accused of Running Prostitution Ring

Former University of New Mexico prez arrested

(Newser) - Academia apparently wasn't spicy enough for a pair of university professors accused of running an online prostitution ring. F. Chris Garcia, a political science professor and former president of the University of New Mexico, and David Flory, a physics professor at New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University, have been...

University Prez Survives 4 Days Lost in Swamp

Missing Colombian prof Francisco Piedrahita rescued in Louisiana

(Newser) - A distinguished Colombian academic "became Rambo" to survive 4 days lost in Louisiana swamps, his sister-in-law says. Francisco Piedrahita, 65, a university president and renowned humanitarian, became lost during what was supposed to be a brief birdwatching jaunt in the vast Jean Lafitte National Park. Piedrahita, who had nothing...

Prof Arrested for Closing Student's Laptop

Web-surfing student complains of finger injury

(Newser) - A professor who got fed up with a student surfing the Internet instead of taking notes has been arrested and suspended for closing her laptop. Frank Rybicki, a professor of mass media at Valdosta State University, was arrested for battery after the student complained that her finger had been hurt...

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