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academic labor



  • The Skinny on Teaching Evals and Bias

    A metastudy of bias in student evaluations of college teachers shows that conformity to dominant gender roles is a condition for receiving good evaluations; students both favor profs with masculine traits and punish women for not performing femininity.



  • A Paradox: History Without Historians

    by Jim Grossman

    "We cannot heal this nation without accurately understanding its pathologies, which are by their very nature historical."


  • History (and Historians) Need a New Deal

    by Shannan Clark

    Only a program of direct public employment for historians, along with other academics, can lead to a vibrant future for the discipline in which access to careers is expanded, with greater diversity and equity.  The history of the WPA cultural projects shows us the way.



  • History Jobs Stabilized Before COVID-19

    The American Historical Association's pre-COVID numbers on the job market for history PhDs showed a small increase in the number of history faculty positions. It can be assumed that that stability is now gone. 



  • Remote Reflections: On Being Present as a Parent and Teacher

    by Quincy T. Mills

    "Midmorning, I take my research files to my son’s oversized desk and work alongside him, which prevents our screens from being barriers. My presence is useful for both of us." Reflections on the interconnections of parenting and research work under COVID.



  • ‘Never Waste a Good Pandemic’

    "Robert J. Ferry, associate professor of history and chair of Boulder’s Faculty Assembly, said that he hadn’t been involved in any discussions about the proposal thus far but that future consideration 'needs to have full involvement of the faculty'."



  • Hit by COVID-19, Colleges Do the Unthinkable and Cut Tenure

    College administrators have invoked financial exigency to make radical revisions to the tenure protections enjoyed by faculty and diminish the faculty role in campus governance. The American Association of University Professors calls it a crisis.



  • Pandemic Imperils Promotions for Women in Academia

    As primary education has gone remote for another term, women professors with children argue that uneven distribution of domestic labor means their scholarly work is at a disadvantage compared to male and childless colleagues. "“I don’t need a clock extension,” Dr. Magdalena Osburn said. “I need an acknowledgment that this year is trash.”



  • Why We Started the #ScholarStrike

    by Anthea Butler and Kevin Gannon

    As American history shows, there are times where the most powerful way that workers can force an issue or work for change is to withhold what others see as their most important feature: their labor.



  • College Worth Fighting For

    by Ryan Boyd

    Professors are in a class struggle, a real fight that cannot be won with critique alone.



  • Academe’s Coronavirus Shock Doctrine

    by Anna Kornbluh

    Faculty are already stretched thin, and now they are being asked to do more. They should hesitate before doing so.