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  • Profanity at Work – Does Context Matter? by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Does context matter when using the F-word and other profanity at work? Is it ever acceptable? Arguments have been made and some studies suggest that cursing can have positive benefits, such as creating greater intimacy, bonding, and sense of belonging among colleagues. Let's explore that argument and take a closer look at when, how, and where profanity may be appropriate, or at least not inappropriate, in professional settings.
  • 5 Top Capital Campaign Tips the Campus Community Needs to Know by Sophie W. Penney, Ph.D.
    Capital campaigns can be time-consuming and overwhelming. A successful campaign requires a clear objective, a cohesive course of action, and collaboration across the campus community. While chief development officers may take the lead on capital campaigns, an understanding of the work involved in successful fundraising is beneficial for anyone in higher education. Here are five tips about campaigns that could prove helpful to faculty, staff, the campus community, and board members.
  • Female Law Professors Hope Settlement Leads to Change by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press
    A memo revealing that female law professors at the University of Denver were paid less than their male counterparts set off litigation against the university's Sturm College of Law in 2012. This month, it has finally ended with a $2.6 million legal settlement for the women affected. They're hopeful that the settlement will be a lesson to other colleges and universities about the importance of pay equity.
  • Packaging and Presenting One's Skills Effectively on Paper by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    A good product package catches one’s eye and previews what is contained inside. This applies to application materials too. In addition to the content of your resume/CV, how you present your qualifications can impact whether or not you come across as a competitive candidate for a position. It's important to have forethought about what information is presented, determine the best way to categorize your experiences, and then compare that to what is required for targeted openings.
  • Mastering the Communication Process to Support Understanding and Avoid Confusion by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Communicating effectively is critical for leaders, especially when your message challenges the recipient and may be difficult to hear. Doing this well means avoiding confusion and working through any potential misunderstandings efficiently. You must do your part in the message/feedback loop, explaining your message clearly and providing every opportunity for the other person to do the same. Consider the following tips for avoiding communication confusion.
  • Don’t Expect Professors to Get Fired When They Say Something You Don’t Like by David Jadon & Frank LoMonte, from The Conversation
    Despite the demands for public university professors who utter offensive things to be fired, they enjoy free speech protection. In contrast, private employers, including a private college, can fire someone over something they say without any constitutional violation. Here's a closer look at the history behind free speech in relation to colleges and universities and why you can't expect a professor to be fired just because they say something you don't like.
  • Dartmouth Embraces Historical Accountability in New Project by Stephanie Morales, Associated Press
    As educational institutions across the country wrestle with their ties to slavery, Dartmouth College is taking a closer look at the darkest corners of its history. It will launch a "historical accountability" project this summer, which will explore how African-Americans and other underrepresented students, have been treated since the college was founded in 1769. Current students will explore Dartmouth's historical record and find ways to incorporate its history into the curriculum.
  • Employment Growth in Higher Education by Winona Weindling
    According to the 2018 Professionals in Higher Education Survey by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), some higher education professions are growing more quickly than others. The survey reveals key facts, such as the professional areas with the most positions, the average salary increase over the past year, statistics on the diversity in research positions, and more.
  • What It Takes to Lead a College or University by Robert A. Scott
    Problems in campus governance and leadership are often the result of a disconnect between how campus presidents view their role and what's expected of them. Colleges and universities benefit most from presidents who accept their role as an educator, the keeper of the institution’s mission and legacy for transformational teaching. Successful presidents also exercise four crucial elements of leadership: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
  • How to Regroup after a Job Loss or Rejection by Justin Zackal
    The way you handle rejection or a job loss can be a deciding factor in your career success and how quickly you're able to bounce back. You may be inclined to dive right back into a job search, but it's important to allow yourself time for reflection, planning, and exploration. It can be a transformative time in your career, especially if you practice some of the following exercises to buoy your outlook before diving back into the job hunt.
  • When College Tuition Goes Up, Campus Diversity Goes Down by Drew Allen & Gregory C. Wolniak, from The Conversation
    Affordability isn't the only concern when it comes to the rising cost of college tuition. Researchers have found that whenever tuition rises at nonselective four-year colleges and universities, racial and ethnic diversity within the student body declines. As a result, students have a lesser chance of attending college with someone from a different racial or ethnic background -- and a less rich academic experience.
  • “You Don’t Look Like a Professor” by Dr. Nichole Margarita Garcia, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    Unfortunately, experiencing microaggressions is nothing new. Microaggressions are “subtle and stunning” assaults people of color encounter based on their race. Dr. Nichole Margarita Garcia describes her own past experiences with microaggressions, how she deals with the pain that inevitably follows such interactions, and how she intends to help others with similar experiences through her work and research.
  • The Secret to Likability by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Honing your emotional intelligence (EQ) is important in the professional world, especially for those in leadership roles. Those with high EQ are often more likable due to their ability to connect with others and make them feel valued. While some may naturally have a higher EQ, it's a skillset anyone can learn and practice. It's about deferring the spotlight from oneself, being in tune with others, and fostering authentic connections.
  • 3 Vital Ways to Measure How Much a University Education is Worth by Mark S. Schlissel, Michael H. Schill, & Michael V. Drake, from The Conversation
    The past several years have seen increased calls for colleges and universities to demonstrate their value to students, families and taxpayers. How exactly can a would-be student or a tax-paying citizen decide the value of a given university or degree? Many tools have been developed to help determine this value, but the presidents of the University of Michigan, the University of Oregon and The Ohio State University offer three additional ways.
  • For Group of Immigrant Students, Key Was Making It Personal by Susan Haigh, Associated Press
    A lobbying effort started in 2013 has finally paid off for a group of immigrant students in Connecticut. Their hope was to persuade the General Assembly to pass legislation making them eligible to apply, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, for institutional financial assistance at state-run colleges and universities. On April 26, following a daylong debate in the House of Representatives, the chamber voted 91-59 in favor of this year's version of the bill.
  • Executive Appointments for April 2018 by Leah Grubb
    The following higher education appointments were announced in April 2018.
  • Overcoming the Unexpected by Diane Walsh
    It's common for people to go through shock when facing the loss of a job, restructuring of positions, or other unplanned career transitions. With the changing state of the economy and higher education, major shifts are taking place in academia -- and although many of them are positive, forward thinking, and opportunistic, the consequences of these changes may result in profound loss and confusion. The following tips can help you work through the unexpected with resiliency and strength.
  • Being a Female Leader and Role Model in Academia by Kelly A. Cherwin
    Female representation in higher education leadership is growing. In this month’s interview, Kelly Cherwin spoke to Dr. Felecia Commodore, assistant professor of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Old Dominion University and Dr. Mamta Accapadi, vice president for student affairs at Rollins College. They discuss their professional backgrounds, leading as women of color in higher education, and building professional connections.
  • Get Ahead of the Curve and Be Transparent about Salary Information by Roy Maurer, from
    A big change happening right now is revealing a job's pay early in the interview process, and human resources should be at the front of this wave. These days, many states have passed legislation banning employers from asking candidates about past or current salary, and salary data is easily accessible online. Hiring managers can get ahead of the curve by being transparent about compensation early in the interview process.
  • Immigrants Optimistic Financial Aid Bill Will Pass This Year by AP News
    Immigrant students without legal status in the United States are hopeful that 2018 may finally be the year Connecticut legislators make them eligible for institutional financial aid at state-run colleges and universities. The bill, which includes some provisions from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), has passed the senate and will now move to the House of Representatives.
  • Short Tenures and Stagnant Pay for Top Higher Education Administrators by Winona Weindling
    According to the 2018 Administrators in Higher Education Survey conducted by CUPA-HR, top higher education administrators have fairly short tenures, possibly due to a lack of long-term salary growth. Those with many years in a position aren't experiencing significantly increased salaries, which may explain why the median tenure is so short. The report also reveals highest and lowest paid deans and information about minority representation in higher education administration.
  • The Business Model of Higher Education by Robert A. Scott
    Conversations about the “business” or economic models of colleges and universities are often in the news. Politicians and pundits rail against increases in tuition and the slow pace in adopting technology to reduce personnel costs. Meanwhile, defenders of higher education complain about the imposition of corporate models of governance and evaluation methods on academic institutions and point to the damaging effects of reductions in state funding, often as a consequence of tax cuts. Let's take a closer look at both sides.
  • California Professor: Barbara Bush an ‘Amazing Racist’ by AP News
    A California state university is investigating comments made on Twitter by an English professor about former first lady Barbara Bush shortly after her death Tuesday at age 92. “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal,” Randa Jarrar wrote. Despite the backlash on twitter, she expressed no concern that she could be fired or face repercussions for her comment.
  • We Regret to Inform You… by Dr. Nichole Margarita Garcia, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    Rejection is all too familiar in academia. We get rejected from fellowships, grants, academic journals and full-time jobs. At times, we do not even receive a rejection letter or email and are left to our own thoughts in the abyss of silence. With each rejection, we ask if we're not good enough and what we could have done better. Instead, a postdoctoral research fellow recommends seeking out support and creating an environment that endorses community learning and care.
  • How to Revive Dying Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities in the United States by Dr. Alex Parnia
    What does it really take to keep a small or midsize academic institution open? The news in the past year -- including Sweet Briar College's close call with closure, Wheelock College's merger with Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts' acquisition of Mount Ida -- reminds us that innovative solutions are needed to keep a college relevant. Presidents, especially those leading small liberal arts colleges, must demonstrate courage and the ability to think outside the box.
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