"Academic Apartheid" in Higher Education

Hamilton Nolan · 06/08/16 03:30PM

Before you go into great debt to send your kid to college, you should hear from the low-paid, ill-treated workers who will actually be educating them: adjunct professors. They are sharing their stories with us. Their view is much different from the one you’ll find in the college brochure.

"Don't Stay in School, Kids" 

Hamilton Nolan · 05/23/16 01:20PM

American universities spend half a trillion dollars a year. Very little of that money goes to the people who do a huge part of the teaching: the adjunct professors, academia’s hidden underclass. They are telling us their stories. They’re not pretty.

The Federal Government Did Not Spend $412K to Study Gender and Glaciers

Andy Cush · 03/08/16 09:45AM

Here is a story that is perfectly calibrated to rile up the staffers of right-leaning publications. It has federal overspending to the tune of six figures on seemingly trivial causes. It has concern for the environment and climate change. Most importantly, it’s got a big ol’ dollop of campus feminism, holding it all together. It’s too bad it isn’t really true.

A Good Christian School's Ruthless Anti-Union Campaign

Hamilton Nolan · 11/03/15 10:53AM

The good thing about class consciousness is that you begin to realize that no matter how long you went to school, your problems are fundamentally the same as all the other people whose bank account balance is as low as yours.

Should Universities Be Policing Professors' Ethnicity Claims? 

Hamilton Nolan · 09/22/15 10:13AM

Academia is one of the few venues in America where claiming membership in a minority group can potentially further your career, rather than, you know, the opposite. Are colleges adequately policing their professors’ ancestry claims, like true detectives?

FSU Lecturer Loses Job Over Rant Against "Filthy Rodent Muslims"

Adam Weinstein · 12/10/14 11:50AM

A senior business communications instructor at Florida State University left her job but refused to apologize last week after blaming "filthy rodent Muslims" for ruining France and telling a prominent gay hairstylist on Facebook to "Take your Northern fagoot [sic] elitism and shove it up your ass."

Discrimination Against Hillbillies Is Rampant in Higher Education

Adam Weinstein · 05/16/14 02:00PM

The academy. It claims to stand for inclusiveness and diversity and voices of dissent. But what happens when students decide to vote with their feet—their bare feet—and a professor calls those students "hillbillies"? Well sir, you've got a discrimination problem.

Hamilton Nolan · 05/09/14 12:48PM

For unclear reasons, this discussion on the topic of "Should I Go to Grad School?" contains more than one word.

Student Sues Over Professor's Obsession With Her Bondage-Porn Past

Adam Weinstein · 05/06/14 04:09PM

A former Portland State University undergraduate has filed a $1 million lawsuit against her faculty mentor for sexual harassment over the professor's alleged obsession with the student's experiences as a BDSM model and sexual-abuse survivor.

"Sparkleponies" Will Totally Make Humanities Professors Relevant Again

Adam Weinstein · 03/28/14 11:15AM

Academic conferences. They're scary. You put yourself and your research out there to be shredded by "colleagues" and hiring committees. But one top-flight humanities conference wants to put you at ease. With live-action role play and prizes. Yes, it's time for a sparklepony quest!

Hamilton Nolan · 03/18/14 12:45PM

A group of left-wing academics have formed a group to oppose other groups of left-wing academics who are calling on academics to boycott Israel. The outcome of this struggle will determine the future of Palestine.

Adam Weinstein · 03/03/14 05:01PM

Pro tip: When opening your university's new art museum, don't pull an exhibition drawing attention to a famous donor's racist tendencies because it's "not aligned with the celebratory atmosphere." It's not supposed to be a celebration of your being a censoring a-hole.