Ask a Stupid Question…

For scholars in the fields of race and ethnic studies—including those who work outside the ivory tower—dealing with snide questions, nasty comments, and occasional name-calling is just part of the job description. Over the years, these academics have repeatedly told me that their work is uniquely misunderstood and dismissed by students, fellow faculty, and the […]

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 […]

Another Victory in the War on Women

Breaking news! International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who was to deliver the Commencement address at Smith College, has withdrawn from the May 18 ceremony.  According to the AP story, Ms. Lagarde said it was clear that many did not want her on campus and that she did not want to distract from […]

The Philosophers’ Stones

Things are in an uproar at the University of Colorado, specifically in the philosophy department, which has suspended admissions to its graduate programs for the 2014-15 academic year. The department also has had its chair removed and replaced (although as of this writing you would not know that from the departmental directory), and been the […]

I’m Pregnant! Isn’t that Special!

Faculty spend hours weekly in front of a classroom, where they profess knowledge to help mold young minds. They possess a heightened ability to focus and concentrate on a narrow subject within a proscribed discipline. Because of the kind of work that they do, faculty also largely control the use of their time with remarkable […]

Somebody Quick Call the Diversity Trainers!

I am outraged. The monster of white privilege has once again raised its flaxen head, this time to disrupt the return-from-semester of Howard University students to their Washington, DC campus. Imagine, if you dare, the anguish of a scrappy band of upperclassmen who, upon arriving back at the dorms, make a quick stop at the […]

Institutionalized Incompetence, Tenure’s Dirty Little Secret

A recently released study, “When Tenure Protects the Incompetent: Results from a Survey of Department Chairs,” by John Rothgeb, professor of political science at Ohio’s Miami University, announced the startling news that tenure, as it is practiced at many U.S. colleges and universities, protects incompetent faculty from suffering the consequences of their incompetence.  It is, […]

When Professor Samuelson Has a Pen In His Pocket–You’d Better Believe He’s Glad to See You

Things are steamy in the Sunshine State. Just ask Don Samuelson, MS, PhD, recently placed on administrative leave by the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of S.A. Clinical Sciences, Gainesville. Professor Samuelson spent part of Saturday night in the Alachaua County Jail, and has the mug shot to prove it: Professor Samuelson had […]