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Thoughts on “Positive Academic Leadership”

Thoughts on “Positive Academic Leadership” | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Most management books are completely useless in the context of higher education.  They’re written from a corporate perspective, so they assume things like the presence of carrots and sticks, the possibility of directed turnover, and considerable decision-making autonomy.  Within a parsimoniously-funded, tenure-based, unionized, public sector institution, things simply do not work like that. (...) - Blog Inside Higher Ed "Confessions of a Community College Dean", by Matt Reed, June 1, 2014

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What makes a university career a success or a failure?

What makes a university career a success or a failure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A quiet revolution has been going on in the corridors of academia: nowadays, being a success may include having a life outside, says Jonathan Wolff.

A retiring US university president in the 1960s was asked how he had managed to remain so universally popular. He is said to have replied, "I make a point of never discussing sports with alumni, sex with students, or parking with faculty." (...) - by Jonathan Wolf, The Guadian, 20/05/2014

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Germany: the career challenges of a single academic track

Germany: the career challenges of a single academic track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A recent petition seeking government support to establish more permanent jobs and to limit the number of short term contracts in science and technology positions in Germany has already gathered over 10,000 signatures. It was initiated on 7th March 2014 by a German scientist called Sebastian Raupach, who wrote a letter addressed to the vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, and to the country’s federal minister for education and research, Johanna Wanke. This petition reflects the growing unrest among scientists regarding the limited career path in Germany. - Euroscientist Webzine, May 7th, 2014

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Recruiting university staff takes a lot of academic time

Recruiting university staff takes a lot of academic time | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Hundreds of hours are spent on each appointment, says Jonathan Wolff. But does anyone know a better way?

A friend who worked in a bank told me that academics are prized customers for credit card companies. Our tastes tend to be more expansive and expensive than we can finance with our income, but our salaries are highly reliable and we are not the sort of people to walk away from debts. Furthermore, part of our pension comes in a lump sum, so on retirement we can wipe the by then king-size slate clean. (...) - by Jonathan Wolf, The Guardian, 15 April 2014

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So Much to Do, So Little Time

So Much to Do, So Little Time | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research shows professors work long hours and spend much of day in meetings

Professors work long days, on weekends, on and off campus, and largely alone. Responsible for a growing number of administrative tasks, they also do research more on their own time than during the traditional work week. The biggest chunk of their time is spent teaching. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, April 9, 2014

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Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer

Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has devoted the past fifteen years to studying the herbicide atrazine, which is applied to more than half the corn in the country. During that time scientists around the world have expanded on his findings, suggesting that the herbicide is associated with birth defects in humans as well as in animals. Company documents show that while Hayes was studying atrazine, Syngenta, the agribusiness firm which had originally asked him to conduct experiments on the herbicide, was studying him, as he had suspected for years. Syngenta’s notes reveal that the company’s employees struggled for years to make sense of him. (...) - The New Yorker, by Rachel Aviv, February 10, 2014

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Academics protest at proposal to ban them from blogging

International Studies Association considers blog bar on its journal editors.

Academics across the world are up in arms at a proposal to bar the senior members of the International Studies Association (ISA) from blogging. The proposal says:

"No editor of any ISA journal or member of any editorial team of an ISA journal can create or actively manage a blog unless it is an official blog of the editor's journal or the editorial team's journal.

This policy requires that all editors and members of editorial teams to apply this aspect of the code of conduct to their ISA journal commitments. All editorial members, both the editor in chief(s) and the board of editors/editorial teams, should maintain a complete separation of their journal responsibilities and their blog associations." (...) - by Roy Greenslade, The Guardian, 30 January 2014

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Who’s missing in modern academia: solitary geniuses or something much more significant?

Who’s missing in modern academia: solitary geniuses or something much more significant? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rebekah Higgitt: Peter Higgs’s negative comments on modern academia have received much interest, in part because they idealise the idea of the scientific researcher as solitary genius. But there are other, more significant, voices missing. (...) - by Rebekah Higgit, 10 December 2013

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US faculties: Inequalities at work

Policy reform needed to boost numbers of minority female science-faculty members.

Women of colour comprised 5.7% of US science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) academic faculty members with doctorates in 2010, a report says; white men made up 58%. Accelerating Change for Women Faculty of Color in STEMadds that the low numbers and restricted advancement of minority women on STEM faculties limit innovation and role models. It notes that university leadership should value diversity, but women of colour must cut time spent on committee service and mentoring, learn how job duties count towards tenure and pay rises, and welcome help, says Barbara Gault, co-author of the report and vice-president of the non-profit Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington DC. - Nature 504, 179, 04 December 2013

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The True Cost of Becoming an Academician in China?

The True Cost of Becoming an Academician in China? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Revelations of government corruption hardly raise eyebrows in China these days. But Zhang Shuguang’s exploits have managed to shock a jaded populace. The “father” of China’s high-speed rail system, standing trial on corruption charges in Beijing last week, testified that he solicited bribes from businessmen because he needed money—a whopping 23 million yuan (about $3.8 million)—to burnish his credentials and influence votes in the biannual elections for membership in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2007 and 2009. It turned out to be money ill spent, in more ways than one: Zhang failed to get elected not once, but twice. (...) - ScienceInsider, 2013/09/17

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Researchers’ ‘unrealistic’ hopes of academic careers

Researchers’ ‘unrealistic’ hopes of academic careers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Fewer than half of those new to research can expect long-term academic careers. 

There is a “significant credibility gap” between researchers’ expectations and the likelihood of their forging long-term careers in higher education, a survey has found. (...) - Times Higher Education, by Elizabeth Gibney, 12 September, 2013

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Two Heads are Better than One: The Importance of Collaboration in Research

As scientists, we are all working toward the same end goal: to cure human disease. With such a lofty goal ahead of us, there is no time for researchers to stand alone as islands. (...) - by Jennifer Lamberts, Huffington Post, 23/08/2013

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In the Ivory Tower, Men Only

In the Ivory Tower, Men Only | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rule No. 1 for Female Academics: Don’t Have a Baby

 

For men, having children is a career advantage. For women, it’s a career killer.

In 2000, I greeted the first entering graduate-student class at Berkeley where the women outnumbered the men. I was the first female dean of the graduate division. As a ’70s feminist I cautiously thought, “Is the revolution over? (...) - Slate, by Mary Ann Mason|Posted Monday, June 17, 2013

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Confessions of an academic in the developing world

Confessions of an academic in the developing world | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Far from western hubs of learning, we face fierce pressure to compete with our peers, often at the expense of research quality.

 

Here is a forewarning: you might not like me. Rest assured, I am not proud of myself either. Maybe you might end up liking me. I do not know for sure, since it is a habit of mine to question myself constantly.

I am incredibly lucky. I earned my PhD in a field of social science from a highly reputable American university. After I finished my degree, I willingly returned to my home country and after a few post-doctoral positions I found a permanent job in one of the freest, best-paid, and prestigious universities. (...) - The Guardian, 26 May 2014

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University staff frustrated by lack of jobs

University staff frustrated by lack of jobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Guardian survey shows that university staff feel burdened by a heavy workload and lack of job opportunities.

 

University staff are frustrated by a lack of job opportunities, a Guardian survey has found.

Of more than 2,000 academics and administrative staff who responded to the survey about their working life, nearly two-thirds cite a lack of job opportunities as the biggest challenge to progressing in their careers.

More than half say that this single issue might make them leave their current institution. (...) - by Kim Thomas and Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 12 May 2014

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UK: Women in academia - Different views of success

The last 12 years has seen a plethora of writings on the experiences of women academics, describing how the challenges and barriers they face differ from their male counterparts. However, even earlier Nadya Aisenberg and Mona Harrington wrote in the 1988 study Women of Academe: Outsiders in the sacred grove about the difficulties women were overcoming to access the 'sacred grove' (academia) in the United States. (...)  - University World News, by Shima Barakat, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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Trouble in Haven: Resolving conflicts in academia

Trouble in Haven: Resolving conflicts in academia | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sharing a laboratory with others is typically rewarding – peers in close quarters become a sounding post for new ideas and a support network for the highs and lows of research life. But you don’t choose your desk mates and things can go wrong. Regular Naturejobs contributor Shimi Rii recently experienced how small disagreements can escalate quickly. Finding the right way to deal with conflict is not easy but necessary in order to ensure a harmonious work environment. (...) - by Julie Gould, NatureJobs, 14 April 2014

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Publish or Perish: Is Publishing the Career it Once Was?

Publish or Perish: Is Publishing the Career it Once Was? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A sense of gloom hangs over academic publishing these days. As library budgets are cut, and the fear of OA mandates cutting profit margins clouds publishers’ sense of their place in the world, what is it like to be a publishing professional in this era of climate change? Like polar bears on a melting ice floe, will we soon be adrift in an inhospitable ocean? (...) - by Robert Harington, the scholarly kitchen, April 1st, 2014

 

 

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UK: Academic ideals are being crushed to suit private-sector style management

UK: Academic ideals are being crushed to suit private-sector style management | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If universities continue to heed the call of corporatisation, the role of the academic – as we know it – will become extinct.

As an early-career lecturer in a post-1992 university, I often feel like a rare bird in an ornate cage struggling to maintain its dignity in a discount superstore filled with pets. This bird knows it could have been a proud representative of a noble lineage and chirrups dolefully as it ruffles its plumes, but the song is drowned out by the bustling sale of cheap, plastic imitation bird-objects around it. (...) - by Anonymous academic, The Guardian, 2 February 2014

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Business Gains Drive Higher R&D Spending in U.S.

Business Gains Drive Higher R&D Spending in U.S. | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But revised NSF data point to rough times for academic researchers.

The U.S. research ship is righting itself after going through some stormy seas, according to data from the National Science Foundation (NSF). But the latest picture of overall R&D spending in the United States shows two divergent trends: High-tech companies are steaming ahead after rebounding from the 2008 recession, while the end of the massive stimulus spending begun in 2009 has left academic researchers facing increasingly choppy waters.(...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 13 January 2014

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Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers'

Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered "productive" enough. (...) - by Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian, 6 December 2013

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How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang

How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In 2000, economist Steven Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics about the internal wage structure of a Chicago drug gang. This piece would later serve as a basis for a chapter in Levitt’s (and Dubner’s) best seller Freakonomics. The title of the chapter, “Why drug dealers still live with their moms”, was based on the finding that the income distribution within gangs was extremely skewed in favor  of those at the top, while the rank-and-file street sellers earned even less than employees in legitimate low-skilled activities, let’s say at McDonald’s. They calculated 3.30 dollars as the hourly rate, that is, well below a living wage (that’s why they still live with their moms). (....) - Blog of Alexandre Afonso, November 21, 2013

 

 

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Why bother with public engagement?

Why bother with public engagement? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In the lead-up to our Naturejobs Career Expo and conference in London tomorrow, where we will have a panel discussion on science communication, Heather Doran, a Project Officer in Public Engagement with Research at the University of Aberdeen, shares her thoughts on the benefits that public engagement can bring to scientists in this guest blog post. (...) - by Catherine de Lange, Nature Jobs, 18 Sep 2013

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Sequestration Has Nearly 20 Percent of Scientists Contemplating Moving Overseas

Sequestration Has Nearly 20 Percent of Scientists Contemplating Moving Overseas | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- New data compiled by a coalition of top scientific and medical research groups show that a large majority of scientists are receiving less federal help than they were three years ago, despite spending far more time writing grants in search of it. Nearly one-fifth of scientists are considering going overseas to continue their research because of the poor funding climate in America. (...) - by Sam Stein, HuffingtonPost, 0829/3013

 

 

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Hundreds of young scholars are being 'held hostage' by the Greek state

Hundreds of young scholars are being 'held hostage' by the Greek state | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Varvara Trachana and Stelios Gialis: The Greek government has left around 750 newly elected university lecturers in unpaid limbo for up to four years.

 

Greece is reeling from six years of recession. Its economy resembles a 1930s-style Great Depression, with GDP having fallen by more than 20% and an official unemployment rate close to 30%. Among young, well-educated Greeks, unemployment hit 56.5% in early 2013. (...) - by

Varvara Trachana and Stelios Gialis, The Guardian, 20 June 2013
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See also The Greek petition .

For the immediate appointment of all the elected 
Faculty Members of Greek Universities

 

http://lecture.jimdo.com/%CE%B1%CF%81%CF%87%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE/%CE%B1%CF%81%CF%87%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE-english/

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http://www.gopetition.com/petition/42790.html

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