Academic freedom is increasingly caught up in partisan debates around freedom of speech. But the idea behind it is not only vital but shared across many other professions.
As more countries flirt with democratic backsliding, we should all be concerned. We can look to academic freedom as a gauge.
Many scientists stuck at home during university closures dealt with increased domestic responsibilities. But some groups had it worse than others.
The University of Florida is barring three scholars from testifying as expert witnesses in a highly political lawsuit. A veteran college administrator looks at what’s at stake.
University trustees are among the least-studied groups in higher education. Increasingly, they’re making news – as the focus of a crisis. That raises the question: To whom are they accountable?
Academic tenure – a system of job protections for university professors – came about in the early 20th century. Will it survive in the 21st century? A scholar weighs in.
When thinking about better uses for temporarily vacant buildings caused by the pandemic, Australia can learn much from the UK.
Forests must improve communities’ livelihoods to rise as a sustainable management solution
Picture this change: Through collaborative garden networks, teachers, schools, children, community partners and universities inspire real learning and transformation for a more sustainable world.
Despite the hard evidence of the excellent benefits of gender, racial and other diversity on research teams, public criticism on the benefits of equity and diversity programs still exists.
Academics on casual contracts often feel vulnerable and of lower status than “permanent” staff members. They can minimise their exploitation as if it’s part of the authentic academic experience.
The award of a Nobel Prize in physics to Donna Strickland is an opportunity to build support for women in science, says one female physics professor.
Despite calls for their ouster, public university professors who utter offensive things enjoy free speech protection. But a scholar argues for another way to respond to what those professors say.
Mathematics departments in Canada have a poor record on equity, diversity and inclusivity says a gay mathematics professor. Here he speaks about the hopeful changes he sees coming.
Many research universities have adopted ‘family-friendly’ tenure rules to help women balance family and career. However, men, not women, seem to benefit from having the extra time.
The American Sociological Association is starting a conversation to include “public communication” – work often largely ignored – in the assessment of a scholar’s contributions. Why does it matter?
With 70 percent adjunct faculty, who work on a semester-to-semester basis, the current system is not helping students. What can replace the traditional tenure system?
The year 2015 escalated many of the tensions that have existed on university and college campuses for a long time. It will be remembered as the year of student activism.
As universities set up campuses globally, the blanket protections of academic freedom are becoming increasingly difficult to guarantee.
The routes for academics to become professors are different in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.