Inside the Ivory Tower, Where the Wild Things Are

Fess up. Just like me, you’ve been spending lazy summer afternoons pondering the question of the moment: why can’t higher education get no respect? Put another way, why have U.S. college and university campuses become the collective laughingstock of thinking people everywhere? Look no further that today’s home page of Inside Higher Education, an on-line […]

Where Credit Is Due: Middlebury Alumni Stand Up for Free Speech

One of my go-to websites is RealClearPolitics; every day its compilation of editorials, op-eds and longer polemics contains a raft of worthy articles. If you’re not checking it out, you should be. Case in point. On May 30 RCP published Richard Cohen’s meditation on the punishments Middlebury meted out to the anti-free speech bullies it […]

Lady Professor Puts the “Con” in “Connecticut”

Funny thing about English professors. They spend a lifetime explaining to their students about “perception” and “reality.” It’s easy to understand why they do: literary masterpieces through the ages have been built on the premise that things are not always what they seem. So Minatu Roychoudhuri, an associate professor at Capital Community College (Hartford, CT), […]

The University of Eastern Washington Denies the Truth about Rachel Dolezal

Note to Readers: On June 15 late in the day, Eastern Washington University scrubbed most references to Rachel Dolezal from the website, starting with the faculty bio I write about below. My observations, written before the material was deleted, pertain to the now-deleted entry about Miss Dolezal on the Africana Studies webpage. The link to […]

Professor Ersula Ore Cops a Plea!

On May 20, 2014, Ersula Ore Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University was nearly hit by a police car when she jaywalked across a street where construction was taking place. The officer who was driving got out of the car and asked the professor for her ID, presumably to write a citation. The […]

Professor Fah’s Hair-Raising Classroom Antics

Breanne Fahs, associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University, is a wunderkind. She breezed through her undergraduate and graduate studies in near-record time (B.A., Women’s Studies/Gender Studies and Psychology, Occidental College, 2001; M.S., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2002; Ph.D., Women’s Studies and Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 2006), and a mere […]

Get Your Hands Off Me Ersula Ore I’ll Kick You In the Shins

There’s a video making the rounds of a faculty member at Arizona State University, Ersula Ore, who struggles with a police officer as he attempts to handcuff her in the middle of a city street:  Since making her cinematic debut, Professor Ore, whose field, inevitably, is English, has become the poster girl for police brutality, […]

Central Michigan University Professor Issues Trigger Warning

From Central Michigan Life, Central Michigan University’s Premier News Source and Student Voice Since 1919, comes a sobering description of how one professor uses “trigger warnings”: A Central Michigan University professor was arrested after allegedly firing a shotgun at two door-to-door salesmen on June 5, according to an arrest record filed by the Isabella County […]

I’m Privileged. Do You Want to Know What I Had for Breakfast? Of Course You Do.

This post began as an essay about “white privilege,” but before I wrote a single word, I realized that my reasoning had changed.  Not because the idea of “white privilege” has jumped the shark and is no longer the sole province of diversity shills, being taken up as it has by the obnoxious Bill O’Reilly, […]

More Angst from the Adjuncts: Mary-Faith Cerasoli is Hungry

A long time ago I was an adjunct faculty member. For a while I had classes on three different campuses, none in proximity to the others.  My classes had 30 or more students. I taught English composition mostly, so there were always papers to read and comment on. A lot of them. Weekly. I worked […]